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Sustainability

Environmental Management

We are aware of irreversible impacts on the environment and economy unless limited resources are managed accurately, the ecosystem and biodiversity are conserved and the necessary measures are taken to tackle climate change. We have adopted a responsible and respectful approach to environment by focusing on improving our environmental performance and mitigating environmental impacts. We develop action plans in various fields including pollution prevention and abatement, conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem risk assessment in areas where we operate, tackling climate change and transiting to circular economy in waste management in line with our environmental sustainability goals.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT

A cleaner, better and more sustainable future needs smart and digital energy grids. Material investment in network infrastructure are essential if this is to be achieved. We invested TL 1.8 billion in 2020 and have committed to make substantial investments in the future as well.

We conduct our operations in accordance with international standards such as the ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System. We define our annual energy and natural source consumption reduction targets based on the location-specific ISO 14001 Environmental Management System by effectively monitoring the electricity, water and fuel consumption in the buildings. We have 100% coverage for ISO14001 certification at all Enerjisa Enerji locations.

We are aware of our responsibility for a low carbon future and work to reduce our carbon emissions by purchasing green energy and investing in increasing energy efficiency. We monitor and report our energy consumption data, carry energy efficiency initiatives and aim to decrease our direct and indirect GHG emissions in all business processes.

We take part in various initiatives and develop R&D projects for climate change and energy efficiency as follows:

Climate Project Regarding SF6 Gas Usage in the Electric Sector:We participated in the Climate Project Regarding SF6 Gas Usage in the Electric Sector financed by the European Union and carried out by the Association of Waste Paper and Recyclers (AGED) and the Association of Distribution System Operators (ELDER). The purpose of the Project is to develop a framework to monitor and recycle SF6 gas, a GHG that is widely used in the power sector, in compliance with the provisions of the Regulation on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases, thus mitigating the climate change impact of SF6.

Smart Grids: We work on grid compatibility with renewable energy systems for the energy infrastructure and energy storage systems of the future through pilot projects. Within the scope of the project, e-mobility and charging infrastructure are managed in an integrated manner. The goal of these pilot projects is to deliver significant improvements in terms of energy efficiency and GHG emission reduction. Furthermore, we aim to prevent energy loss due to faulty meters through work on smart electricity meters and automated electricity meter reading.

HASAT Project: With the aim of developing innovative practices and methodologies that will increase energy efficiency in the electricity distribution sector and define a road map for energy efficiency, the HASAT Project was initiated in collaboration with ELDER and with the support of other Electricity Distribution Companies. The goal of the project is to develop practices to define infrastructure and systemic improvement requirements in line with initiatives to increase efficiency and encourage consumers to use more energy more efficiently.

BIODIVERSITY

We are committed to conserve ecosystem and natural biodiversity and take necessary precautions for that purpose.

Enerjisa Enerji operates an extensive electrical grid in various locations around Turkey. The electrical grid and its associated impact area (e.g., right of way construction, repair and maintenance activities, operation of the grid itself, etc.) inevitably overlaps with ecosystems that are important designated areas such as Ramsar sites, national parks and various nature conservation areas in Turkey, which is located on two of the world’s major bird migration and feeding routes. In addition to the presence of protected areas in the distribution regions, the electrical grid operated by AYEDAŞ, Toroslar EDAŞ and Başkent EDAŞ also intersects with important flyways of soaring birds.

We aim to reduce the potential negative impact on nature using our Environmental Policy as a framework and to conduct Ecosystem Assessment Reports before and after new construction work. In 2020, we prepared the Biodiversity Conservation Action Plan for three distribution regions as part of the loan agreement carried out with EBRD. The action plan includes an Ecosystem Risk Assessment prepared in accordance with the Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources Guide of EBRD and the “Aviation Protection Plan” prepared as a result of ornithological studies.

With the Biodiversity Conservation Action Plan, the goal is to comply with legal requirements arising from national legislation as well as international obligations including the Convention for the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (BERN), the Rio Convention on Biological Diversity, the RAMSAR (Convention on Protection of Wetlands) Convention ratified by Turkey in 1994 and EU Habitat and Bird Directives.

Enerjisa Vizyon, Misyon ve Değerler  

Daphne Project: Trees under power transmission lines can cause outages and fires due to physical contact with the lines after the installation. Energy transmission lines are cleared of vegetation in a certain cross-section in accordance with applicable regulations. When necessary, trees are removed from the area by cutting or pruning. However, this process has important ecological and financial impacts.

In this project, we aimed to ensure line security and prevent possible fires by planting suitable tree species instead of underline cutting or pruning. Thus, we aimed not only to ensure the safety of the distribution line, but also the sustainability of nature and the environment. Thus, malfunctions and losses caused by trees in energy distribution lines will be reduced, long-term power cuts will be prevented, loss costs will be reduced and the balance and ecological conditions of nature will be preserved.

By focusing on literature and research, we focused on choosing a tree with high added value and economical return for planting. Based on the results, the daphne plant was chosen. Within the scope of the project, 5,500 bay tree saplings were planted in the selected area in the province of Bartın. This project has various direct and indirect results, such as reduction of workload for maintenance teams, preventing possible accidents, reducing repair costs, and cutting energy losses.

High Voltage Aerial Line Insulation Project:
Birds, particularly migratory birds, face the risk of electrocution as they commonly perch on utility poles and nest or enter between two conductors. Within the scope of the High Voltage Aerial Line Insulation Project, which started at the end of 2017, several existing power lines have been retrofitted by installing insulators. The investments made to date are as follows:

Bird Deterrent: In order to prevent bird fatalities, we installed conductors in areas situated on migration routes. A pilot line was chosen in Adana for installation of insulators and monitoring was initiated. With this project, we aim to protect both bird populations and biodiversity in the region.

Bird Diverter: We have a pilot project to install Bird Diverters along selected sections of aerial lines to minimize bird fatalities due to electrocution and collision.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

We developed our Waste Management System in compliance with ISO 14001 and improved the system pursuant to applicable legislation, as well as the Company’s sustainable development principles. We carry out all material usage and waste management with the purpose of mitigating environmental impacts and transitioning to a circular economy in waste management activities through a life cycle approach.

WATER MANAGEMENT

Water is one of the essential resources for life and critical for many sectors of the economy. Here at Enerjisa Enerji, we primarily consume municipal water supplied by city networks at all operational locations. At some of the distribution locations built before privatization, there are permitted ground water wells but we use ground water well in only one location mainly for gardening and fire hydrants.