The conservation of biodiversity is both a duty and a desire for EDF Luminus. Impact assessments must be performed before submitting any permit application, in particular for the construction of wind turbines in rural areas. Additional studies may also be necessary for the renewal of certain permits, in particular in the case of hydropower stations built on the river Meuse in the fifties. Follow-up on commitments by EDF Luminus.
The hydropower stations built on the river Meuse in the fifties may contribute to the excess mortality of certain species of migrating fish. The study is therefore aimed at learning more about the behaviour of fish downstream and upstream of the power stations. The objective is to develop the systems best suited to protect biodiversity.
The study is part of the "Saumon 2000" project launched by the Walloon Region to reintroduce the salmon into the Meuse basin.
These studies are conducted in cooperation with the EDF Group’s Research and Development experts.
CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROTECTION OF BEES
In Belgium, as in other European Countries, the mortality rate of bees is more than 30 % per year, compared to only 15 % at the beginning of the century. The consequences could be severe : 84 % of crops grown in Europe depend on pollinating insects. In order to contribute to the protection of bees in Belgium, EDF Luminus has signed a partnership agreement with Beeodiversity. This commitment has been demonstrated through the installation of 12 honeybee colonies at 2 thermal sites and 2 hydropower sites, chosen because of their food abundance available all year round.
The partnership with Beeodiversity has a decisive advantage: it follows a strict procedure which ensures a mortality rate of less than 5 % thanks to studies conducted by the university of Liège (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech).