Main areas and species protected

Iren Group constantly collaborates with the Local Sector Authorieties of the protected areas in which it works to safeguard the ecosystem and protected species.

It also undertakes to increasingly extend the mapping and location of plants and networks to identify their potential interferences with the protected areas they are located or in their vicinity.

The map shows the main Sites of Community Importance and Special Protection Areas where plants and/or networks managed by Iren Group are located. In 2021, the protected areas located in the operating territories of the newly acquired companies were also taken into consideration: the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, the Maremma Regional Park and the Vauda Nature Reserve. There are approximately 351 protected species present in the Group’s protected areas of operation and listed on the IUCN Red Lists. Approximately 32% of these are among the following categories: regional extinction (RE), vulnerable (VU), endangered (EN), critical risk (CR) and nearly threatened (NT).

Bees in our plants for the ecosystem

In 2021, two beehives were placed in the area outside the Torino Nord cogeneration plant with the aim of monitoring, on an experimental basis, the quality of the area and of various environmental matrices and to facilitate pollination activity.

More than 120,000 bees have been placed in the hives, which are able to pollinate about 60 million flowers every day in the area surrounding the plant and to have a production of about 20 kg of honey per year. The project also provides, through constant observation of the behaviour of bees, their health and their honey production capacity, the verification of the behaviour of the community and the recording of any behavioural changes in the ecosystem created.

The increasingly massive use of insecticides, herbicides and pesticides and the erosion of biological diversity caused by industrial agriculture in recent years, are putting a strain on the survival of bees and all pollinators that are the basis of the delicate balance of the Earth’s ecosystem, which is reflected in biodiversity.

Green transition