Conscious of our contribution to the promotion of sustainable development, we devise, finance, build and operate projects to the very highest standards as defined by major international institutions. We have our own company code of conduct, adopted by all members of staff.
We have taken measures to assess our corporate responsibility, entrusting the examination to bodies at the cutting edge of best practices.
We are particularly attentive to the environment in which we operate and always examine how best to integrate our operations. Our high standards involve an environmental survey for all projects and whenever we deem necessary, we exceed legal requirements. We use environmentally-friendly technology, which counteracts the environmental impact of our plants. All our business partners abide by the standards set by the group.
Thanks to an innovative technique, the solar panels on the Cestas site in France are screwed into the ground. No concrete was used, which means the site can be returned to its natural state at the end of the plant’s life.
We planted 250 hectares of trees in the Gironde area of France, which corresponds to the surface area covered by our solar plant in Cestas thanks to funds lifted thanks to the project. In Seixal (Portugal), we replanted 1000 trees and shrubs which provide a habitat for local animals and ensure that the plant blends in with its environment.
Wherever we set up our power plants we pay particular attention to preserving the wildlife on site. We may down tools during breeding season or design the building to avoid affecting habitats.
Neoen staff, co-contractors and sub-contractors abide by the highest international standards in terms of project design, construction and operations. We pay particular attention to employment law, health and safety and work with local businesses as far as possible. We take particular precautions to protect the inhabitants of the immediate vicinity of power plants.
In ten years, there have been no serious accidents on our building or production sites.
As part of an internal audit, Neoen pinpointed the risks that our activity could engender. We identified 99 risks which are strictly monitored and reviewed each quarter.
By the very nature of our business, we act locally. Conscious of the role we play in local development, Neoen supports social projects, promoting renewable energy and sustainable development and improving access to electricity.
In El Salvador, we donate 3% of the turnover of the Providencia photovoltaic plant to local social development projects, working with the Fonds d’Investissement Social pour le Développement Local, a charity that helps build roads and schools and improves water and electricity supplies.
In Australia, we donated funds towards the set-up of the Hornsdale Wind Farm community fund, which is providing 120,000 Australian dollars for local projects. This is a 20-year commitment. We contributed to 27 projects in 2017, including a children’s garden and solar panels for the Gladstone memorial centre. At our Parkes solar plant in Australia, Neoen organised an archaeological dig spanning 60 hectares, to search for Aboriginal remains. The 83 artefacts excavated are displayed in a memorial in the grounds of the plant.
At our Parkes solar plant in Australia, Neoen organised an archaeological dig spanning 60 hectares, to search for Aboriginal remains. The 83 artefacts excavated are displayed in a memorial in the grounds of the plant.
In Australia, Neoen played a part in the creation of the Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence at the Canberra Institute of Technology which boosts growth by providing training in the skills the sector requires.
In Portugal, we support the university of Coruche where we operate a solar power plant. We fund 3-year grants for students of renewable energy, helping to raise the profile of the sector and to develop a local talent pool. We have also introduced a 5-year funding programme for the Seixal energy operator to promote rational consumption, renewable energy and sustainable development.
In Nepal, Neoen supports the association Empower Generation thanks to which more than 182,000 people receive cleaner and safer electricity, provided by high quality solar lamps, distributed by a network of 12 micro-enterprises, managed by 16 women in 10 districts.
We began our action in Senegal in 2015 with Electriciens sans frontières. In 2017 we made a long-term commitment to install solar photovoltaic modules to provide electricity for 8 schools run by the association Ecoliers du Sénégal. Thanks to electricity, they will be able to offer evening classes and supervise after-class work later in the day, which will improve reading and writing skills. These schools are intended to become hubs for their local communities.
The size of the programme is scaled to amount to around €100 million. Caisse d’Épargne CEPAC as loan arranger, coordinator and lenders’ agent structured the financing agreement. Bpifrance and the EIB are financial partners. Thanks to the competitive refinancing terms offered by the EIB and a portfolio effect, Neoen was able to take out the loan under very favorable terms.