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Biodiversity: GRTgaz commitment recognised

31/01/2014

GRTgaz recognised for its voluntary commitment to France's National Strategy for Biodiversity.


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The French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy announced the results of nominations for recognition in respect of the National Strategy for Biodiversity (NSB) on Thursday 30 January in the presence of the Minister, Philippe Martin. During the official ceremony, GRTgaz received a certificate recognising its voluntary commitment to working to protect biodiversity.

France's National Strategy for Biodiversity aims to preserve, restore, improve and promote biodiversity.

For GRTgaz, it has resulted in a series of commitments focused on the following areas:

  • Preserving and recreating ecological continuity
  • Paying attention to managing wildlife corridors differently
  • Reintroducing biodiversity to industrial sites
  • Applying the philosophy of continuous improvement to GRTgaz's management of biodiversity.

Biodiversity conservation is a fundamental principle of GRTgaz's sustainability policy. To meet its remit of security of supply and regional consolidation, GRTgaz maintains and expands its network (32,000 km of underground pipes, 26 compressor stations) while always striving to blend its facilities naturally into their environment.

In its 2013-2016 strategic plan, the company has voluntarily undertaken to continue and increase the work already accomplished. The objective is in particular to ensure the gas transmission system helps to expand France's ecological infrastructure network, which is essential to allow fauna and flora to move between natural areas.

From 10 to 20 metres wide, wildlife corridors that cover gas pipelines hold an important place in the upkeep and surveillance of the network. Anxious to keep its environmental footprint under control, GRTgaz appointed the National Museum of Natural History to conduct research in the Paris basin, which showed the benefit of these grassy strips in maintaining and improving biodiversity. The aim now is to manage these wildlife corridors in an ecologically sound manner, such that they support France's ecological network across the whole area covered by the GRTgaz system.

Another field of work is in reintroducing biodiversity on GRTgaz industrial sites, in the same way as was done at the Alfortville interconnection station near Paris. The available space on that site is now taken up by locally-sourced plants and maintained in an environmentally-friendly way (no fertiliser or chemicals, environmentally-friendly mowing and cutting, etc.).


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