EDF Renewables Mexico submitted to Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) an Environmental Impact Demonstration, developed by a third-party organization, that both meticulously analyzes impacts on local flora and fauna and proposes monitoring and mitigation measures.
Indeed, the project will have an Environmental Management Program to guarantee the application of the measures for prevention, mitigation, rehabilitation, and compensation of any impacts to the regional environmental system. It includes actions focused on the rescue of fauna and flora, control of soil erosion, compensation of affected areas through reforestation, and management of hazardous waste, among others. The plan respects the local regulation and the best international practices in environmental matters, taking advantage of all data recollected through multiple site surveys and decades of bird and bat monitoring in the Isthmus region. The SENER and the State Ministry of Energy and Environment presented this research to local communities as part of the initial phases of the consultation process. The SEMARNAT will approve this plan as part of the environmental impact authorization process.
EDF Renewables Mexico also submitted a thorough Social Impact Evaluation to the Secretariat de Energy (SENER). The project will have a Social Management Plan in place with the local communities during the construction and operation stages, which will continue to contribute to the social responsibility commitments that EDF Renewables has been assuming in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region since 2001.
EDF Renewables Mexico has worked closely with the communities in which our wind projects operate to implement initiatives and programs that respond to the most pressing needs of the population.
Furthermore, EDF Renewables Mexico has carried out nearly 100 socio-environmental projects that represent an investment of 48 million pesos such as breast cancer prevention programs, road construction and repairs, the construction and repair of health facilities and schools, a mobile library, the improvement of several sport facilities, and support to the preservation of traditional festivities and cultural events. All of these actions will contribute to improving the daily lives of the location communities and support traditional cultural activities.
Among those actions, the most recent initiative is the construction of the Santo Domingo Ingenio Health Center on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca. The project stands out because it is the result of a collaboration between EDF Renewables Mexico , the community, and local and state authorities in the region.
In addition, through the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Eólica (AMDEE) and its own efforts, EDF Renewables Mexico contributed more than USD$400,000 to emergency and rehabilitation projects in Oaxaca following the September 2017 earthquake.
Landowners receive income in the form of lease payments. Landowners have full access to their land and upon construction, will maintain access to 97% of their leased properties allowing traditional activities, primarily agriculture and livestock raising, uninhibited by the project’s operation.
The project is further a source of income to public coffers, through federal taxes and local permitting and civil protection, paid to the municipalities and state government. EDF Renewables’ federal fiscal obligations have been fully covered.
The project construction phase will create approximately 1,000 temporary jobs, and 70 full-time jobs will be created for the long-term operations and maintenance activities.