Since 2011, the Group has introduced a number of indicators to quantify the potential impact of sites on biodiversity.
Location of Valeo sites
The Group’s 122 consolidated sites occupy an overall surface area of around 660 hectares, of which nearly 11% is left in its natural state. The remainder is used for buildings, traffic areas and maintained green areas.
Almost all of the land used by Valeo, i.e. over 90% of the active production sites, is located in managed urbanized or industrial areas, and the activities involved could not by their nature significantly damage any ecological process (e.g. no extraction or spraying).
In order to more accurately assess any potential impact, every year the Group carries out an inventory of sites located within, or close to, a 10 km radius of areas with protected status due to biodiversity. Twenty sites were identified in 2013: three in Asia, four in South America and 13 in Europe. Nine of the sites are in France, mainly located around areas classified as Natura 2000 or “ZNIEFF” (“natural areas of special interest for ecology, flora or fauna”). The sites in question ensure they respect requirements relating to the protected sites nearby. At the Itatiba site in Brazil, for example, located on the banks of the River Atibaia, which is an environmental reserve, Valeo has agreed, in liaison with the Brazilian authorities, to demolish buildings standing less than 50 meters from the river.
STRATEGY IN FAVOR OF PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY
In 2012, the Group introduced a specific directive about biodiversity, which was distributed across all sites. It defines the guidelines covering all the measures to be adopted to protect biodiversity during the selection, development, operation and closure of an industrial site.
As a result a large number of sites have launched biodiversity-related initiatives. The San Luis Potosi site in Mexico, for example, has initiated a reforestation program, and in 2013 it took part in three campaigns with a local university, the local city council and the industrial park at San Luis Potosi in which the site is located. The 500 trees which were planted all came from the nursery created by the site.