Biodiversity is essential in our society. However, due to the loss of suitable habitats and reduced environmental quality by, among other things, global warming, nature is under strong pressure. Therefore, projects dedicated to protect biodiversity and environmental conservation deserve our special attention.
Aquascope Virelles – water and bird life
Aquascope Virelles is located at the heart of a 140-hectare nature reserve near Chimay. The centre, which has received financial support from ENGIE Electrabel since its creation in 2001, has become a flagship facility for teaching the public about nature.
Thanks to expert input from ENGIE Electrabel, the nature centre has been emission-neutral since 2013.Aquascope Virelles website
The Hénâ waste tip – going back to nature
The Hénâ waste tip project is a great example of how a former industrial site can be restored to its natural state. This man-made hill, formed of fly ash deposits from the Les Awirs power plant, has covered the Hénâ and Fagnes streams since 1952. The waste tip has been out of use since 1972 and is currently being renatured to gradually restore it to its original condition.
A truly nature-minded way of managing the life cycle of an industrial site.What will happen to the Hénâ waste tip?
A bee colony pollinates on average over 4 billion flowers per year on nearly 700 ha. In doing so, they ensure the reproduction of plants and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
Today, the honey bee, which survived untouched for millions of years, suffers from an alarming mortality rate.
For the protection of bees and biodiversity, together with Apiterra, ENGIE installed three hives of nearly 60,000 bees on the roof of its Brussels headquarters.Discover the installation of the hives (in French)
The return of the peregrine falcon
Back in 1994, the Birds of Prey Fund (FIR) fitted nesting boxes to the towers and flues of ENGIE Electrabel’s power stations in a bid to encourage the restoration of Belgium’s peregrine falcon population, which had been declining due to inappropriate insecticide use. The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is currently responsible for ringing the birds of prey and observing their behaviour. Since 1994, hundreds of falcon chicks have fledged at the ENGIE Electrabel’s operational sites.
Live from the Doel nesting box!
Visitors to Doel Nuclear Power Station’s Information Centre can track the development of the falcon chicks that are born in the nesting box around mid-March.Learn more about the project Falcons for everyone
ENGIE Electrabel realised a project in cooperation with Natagora for landscape restoration at the Tihange plant site. A zone of 2 hectares has been redesigned with flower meadows, hedges, wetlands and forest. Following the restoration of 3 hectares of land on the Amercoeur plant site, this is a second "Réseau Nature"-project to support biodiversity.Learn more about this project
A fish protection system with filtering system was installed at the water intakes of Doel and Tihange power plants. Using sound waves, the fish are kept out of the collection point. Fish that would however be intercepted are returned to their habitat through a referral system.Infrasound to protect fishes
Wind farms and biodiversity
As part of its wind projects, ENGIE Electrabel takes measures to protect the environment and more specifically biodiversity.
Each project is accompanied by a study on the potential impact of the wind farm on the land, the people, the environment and wildlife in general. Experts formulate appropriate environmental measures and recommendations.Ecological ponds in Mochamps (in French)