Strive to be a leader in the protection and enhancement of ecosystems and biodiversity.
At Evolugen, we’re dedicated to the protection, conservation and sound management of our shared natural resources.
We are committed to being good stewards, minimizing the environmental impacts of our Canadian operations and continuously improving our practices by:
- Expanding Our Environmental KnowledgeEvery day, we look to deepen our understanding of the environment, including protected areas and endangered or threatened species. More broadly, we train our employees on the importance of biodiversity and educate them on the particularities of the ecosystems in which our assets operate.
- Advancing Sustainable Governance PracticesWe develop and operate our facilities in a responsible manner throughout their life-cycle consistent with our sustainability goals. Correspondingly, we promote biodiversity in our policies and Environmental Management System.
- Mitigating Environmental ImpactsWe’re continuously refining risk analysis processes to identify potential environmental impacts, enabling us to take corrective actions in a timely manner. Likewise, we invest in innovation to continuously improve our capacity to mitigate residual impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity.
Throughout our operations, we prioritize solutions that mitigate potential impacts on ecosystems and that protect species like the bats and birds at our wind farms and fish at our hydro stations as well as their habitats. These strategies encompass management processes including operational adjustments during species migration, ecological monitoring studies and fish passages. Through our partnerships with communities, local agencies and Environment Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs), we contribute to several environmental projects that enhance our understanding of ecosystems in the regions where we operate.
At Evolugen, environmental protection is a priority among our Operations team. Given the nature of our business, our hydro stations, wind farms and transmission lines are located in areas where biodiversity is an important consideration. As such, we employ industry best practices to minimize and limit our impact on the environment to ensure we impart a rich and diversified natural environment to future generations.
In managing our operations, we collaborate with several ENGOs and community partners, such as those described in the case studies below, to minimize our impact and enhance the biodiversity of the natural environment surrounding our facilities. We do so through a lens of continuous improvement, looking for opportunities to expand our understanding of the ecosystems in which we work.
Expanding Our Knowledge on Biodiversity
Reflecting our ambitions for continuous learning, we seek opportunities to encourage ecological studies by granting researchers access to our operational sites. In turn, these initiatives guide us on how and where to implement mitigation strategies to protect and support the region’s biodiversity.
The Ecology of Reptiles and Amphibians at Wind Farms in Ontario
Globally, reptiles and amphibians are recognized as some of the most endangered animals. Understanding how they interact with renewable energy projects is therefore important to assist in their conservation. To assist in building this knowledge, Evolugen supports Laurentian University’s herpetofauna study, begun in 2018, at our Prince wind farm in Northern Ontario, which is adjacent to a wetland area.
So far, data demonstrates that both the impact sites and control sites have similar reptile and amphibian diversity and show similar movements patterns for species such as the painted turtle. The preliminary results of this study thus indicate that our wind turbines do not significantly affect the herpetofauna population.
Controlling Invasive Species
As a company reliant on natural resources, we work in proximity of both native and non-native species. In enhancing the biodiversity of the areas where we operate, we seek to control the unhindered propagation of invasive species, which often times, threaten the health of the local fauna and flora.
Raising Employee Awareness on Invasive Species
To proactively reduce the spread of invasive species, we started an internal Invasive Species Awareness Program. Its objective is to create awareness among our employees around invasive plant and animal species, facilitating their identification and providing actions to be taken.
A Collaborative Initiative
in British Columbia
Employees at our Powell River office coordinated with the City of Powell River, BC Hydro and a volunteer group known as BroomBusters to mitigate scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius). Scotch broom is an invasive plant that has become particularly problematic in Powell River throughout the south coast of British Columbia.
There are many issues associated with this plant, specifically damaging and potentially displacing native plants as well as limiting the movement of native animals due to its density. Additionally, public safety officials in the region advised that scotch broom posed a serious fire hazard risk.
Through our collaborative efforts over 5,000 hours, we mechanically removed and curtailed this invasive plant in Powell River and the surrounding areas.