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Environmental management is the starting point of our practices, and we approach it from different dimensions: biotic (flora and fauna), physical (water, air and soil), and social. We conduct these actions in order to fulfill our legal obligations and contribute to the preservation of natural resources, as well as to benefit communities in the framework of Sustainable Human Development.

In our business, water is the main source of generation, and we recognize the importance of protecting and properly using this resource which is vital to the planet.

 
 

Environmental Management System

When operating our plants, we take into account how these dimensions interact, and commit to comprehensive environmental management, encompassing risk identification, assessment, prevention, correction, mitigation and compensation of negative environmental and social impacts, as well as fostering the positive ones, thereby complying with the Environmental Management Plans and applicable legislation.

We sustain an Environmental Management System and Environmental Policy with integrated elements that ensure that energy generation and sale activities are carried out in accordance with social and environmental responsibility criteria.

Environmental Policy

We have an Environmental Policy that guides our actions under the following principles:

  • We base our administration on the identification and management of environmental impacts, risks and opportunities, associated with our activities, always in line with our general purpose of achieving continuous improvement.

  • Our management takes all social and biophysical aspects into consideration.

  • Through dialog, we build, maintain and strengthen the trust of stakeholders in the environmental management we are working on.

  • We adapt the environmental management to climate change, to social phenomena, to industrial developments and to the regulation in order to provide a timely response and contribute to sustainable development.

Lines of Action

We engage in lines of action that enable us to improve the Company's productivity and competitiveness, contribute to generating value for our stakeholders, and build an organization focused on learning, innovation and sustainable development.

  • Social management in the regions 
    Social management in the regions

    We are committed to managing the social impacts caused by the Company's activities, and we ensure that the communities in the areas of influence where our power plants and projects are located can manage their own development.

    • Environmental Management Plan's Social Programs: we carry out actions that have been established by the law, including programs to enhance and improve the capacities of communities in our areas of influence, such as the Community Awareness and Participation Program, that comprise the ENCOMUNIDAD channel and spaces like inter-institutional round-tables.

    • Citizen Coexistence: we carry out actions aimed at generating citizens' capacity to strength the political culture and democracy, handling conflicts without violence, as well as humanitarian action and endeavors for reconciliation.

    • Institutional Improvement: we support initiatives that seek to improve the management capacities of State entities and civil society organizations to help them achieve their constitutional function or corporate purpose.

    • Community Development: we develop and strengthen community capacities through active and democratic community participation and support initiatives that seek the common good and community empowerment.

    • Good Neighbor Actions: we engage in supportive actions aimed at establishing harmonious relationships with communities and municipal administrations near our production centers.

  • Natural resource management 
    Natural resource management

    We are committed to managing the biotic and physical impacts created by Company activities, and we protect natural resources by using them responsibly as we develop our activities.

    • Environmental Management Plan's Biophysical Programs: we carry out actions that have been established by law to protect, preserve and recover the environment, habitats and species, in order to mitigate and compensate for negative impacts and boost positive ones.

    • Efficient Water and Energy Use: in our operations we only use water from granted sources, (granting the right to use for a specified period by an authority) and we consider criteria for its sustainability and the sustainability of the habitats associated to these sources. We implement strategies to fully optimize energy generation resources and we encourage our customers to take part in the Energy Efficiency Program to cut down on the use of energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) at our industrial plants.

    • Protection of Basins and Biodiversity: we work to protect, preserve and recover the basins at our electric power plants and their biodiversity with programs and initiatives aimed at empowering the tributaries, preserving ecosystems and creating synergies in the territories.

    • Adapt to Climate Change and Carbon Footprint: every year we calculate our carbon footprint and verify greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) measurements with a third party which provides us with an Assurance Statement supported in the following report which we prepared.

      Furthermore, we conduct studies of the impact of climate variability driven by climate change on the water resource, we make progress in consolidating a clean energy power plant portfolio (hydroelectricity, wind and solar), and ensure that the Amoyá and Sogamoso power plants are recorded as Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which certifies emissions avoided or replaced and turns them into carbon offsets.

    • Synergies with the Environment: we foster collaborative work spaces about water at regional and national levels for its administration, regulation and conservation, in coordination with various society actors:

      • Water Conference: regional and national round-tables in partnership with El Espectador, WWF and People & Earth.

      • Water Stewardship: initiative in partnership with WWF, Cornare and EPM for the Negro and Nare river basins in Eastern Antioquia.

      • Basins Pact: commitment for the Guarinó, Miel and Chinchiná river basins in Caldas.

      • Comprehensive Action Plans (CAP): territorial management instruments for the Nare, Miel and Guarinó river basins.

  • Payment of loans 

    Corresponds to transfers to municipalities and Regional Autonomous Corporations (CAR, for the Spanish original) of 6% in the case of hydroelectric power plants and 4% in the case of thermal power plants based on gross energy sales in accordance with the fees established by the Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission for bulk sales. The use of transfers refers to rural and urban aqueducts, micro-basins management, solid waste management, wastewater management and reforestation as ecological recovery and restoration, which are carried out independently by Regional Autonomous Corporations and municipal administrations.

ENCOMUNIDAD media

They provide communities from our power plants' areas of influence with clear, truthful and timely information on the Company's activities, the criteria for environmental management, the management of employment, the payment and use of transfers and taxes, and the programs implemented to contribute towards the creation of sustainable territories, hand in hand with these communities.

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