Biodiversity

Edison has for years been working to protect the environment, going beyond the concept of simply reducing negative impacts in an attempt to truly understand and benefit the regions and areas where we have facilities.

Respect, the proper management of natural resources and the protection of biological diversity are vital components of our corporate sustainability policy.

  • Biodiversity at our facilities

In recent years, Edison has undertaken a biodiversity vulnerability analysis of all its on-shore facilities. As regards the hydroelectric sector, in 2013 we launched a pilot project designed to benefit the flora and fauna on a stretch of the Silisia stream in Val Meduna (PN). The hydrocarbons sector, meanwhile, has featured with projects aiming to boost biodiversity in areas around our plants, run in collaboration with the relevant organisations. For example, the Biovega project - which is based at the Vega platform, where a unique biotype has developed over the years which encourages the establishment of fish species - is now in its second operative phase. Meanwhile, a bio-monitoring project using the Mosselmonitor system to analyse the waters around the Rospo Mare offshore field is progressing well. The system uses bio-indicator species in order to check and monitor the quality of the water. In addition to this, a new project has been launched to monitor the biodiversity status of underwater species.

  • Bio Vega:

Edison’s Vega-A plant is an oasis of marine repopulation for animal and vegetable species that were once absent from that stretch of the Sicilian Channel. This is all down to BioVega, the project taking place in the Protected Marine Area of the Cyclopean Isles of Aci Trezza which was presented by Edison’s researchers and managers in Sicily and Siracusa. The first stage of this project ended in 2014, revealing that the main inhabitants of the jacket are molluscs, of which there are 17 species present. At the end of this first stage of the project it can be said that the platform shows a high level of biodiversity and is also attractive to many species that would not normally be present in this type of environment: this makes it a Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) for the relevant species. As the next stage of the project, consideration is being given to the installation of reef balls, which are large hemispheres made of cement or a similar material, to be installed on the secondary structures of the jacket and possibly also on the seabed, in order to create nesting and reproduction environments for marine fauna.

In order to optimise the Biovega project and replicate it at the Vega B platform, Edison has launched a feasibility study to be included in the SIA request. This is designed to improve the project itself (though the scientific and methodological aspects will remain as they are) by engaging in open, constructive dialogue with the relevant stakeholders. The objective is to launch a co-design project for BioVega B which both broadens project knowledge and maximises effectiveness by bringing it into line with the specific expectations of the stakeholders, with whom new relationships are opened up.