COMMUNITIES AND ENVIRONMENT

Aela Energía’s work has a proactive focus, one in which the policies and standards regarding the environment and community relations are the construction cornerstone of successful and sustainable projects.

Our business strategy is based on a framework of sustainable development, with community relations and environment policies that express this commitment. In this way, we develop projects while taking care that the areas’ productive base is maintained and ensuring the compatibility of local activities with power generation.

Health, Safety and Environment

For Aela Energía, the environment and workers’ health and safety are of the utmost priority, which is expressed in a philosophy of a responsible operation in continual improvement. Thus, in addition to complying with current regulations, policies and procedures are designed in compliance with the highest of international standards and consider the following commitments:

  • Compliance with IFC Industry Best Practices and Performance Standards, in addition to agreements like ILO Convention 169.
  • Compliance with Health, Safety and Environment Guidelines for the Wind Power industry and the Equator Principals (updated as of June 2013).
  • Support and respect for the protection of fundamental human rights, as internationally recognized.

The materialization of these policies is translated into the implementation of integrated management systems through a Management Plan that seeks to ensure compliance with regulations and the operational excellence targets set.

The company is firmly committed to providing healthy workplace environments, promoting the efficient use of and protection of natural resources, implementing a risk monitoring and control system, operating in accordance with Aela’s principles of responsibility and respect for the environment, and developing clear and auditable plans for compliance with the responsible management targets set in line with the operation principles.

Community Relations

Aela acknowledges and values local culture and therefore respects the traditions in the areas where its projects are located. This approach is the basis of the company’s policy for relations with the citizenry.

Our understanding of Community Relations is Aela Energía’s willingness and actions to forge reliable and permanent ties with our stakeholders. Thus, we promote participative processes through regular meetings with the families, communities and other social actors.

We are committed to making a contribution to the local development of the communities that neighbor our projects. Along these lines, we participate in joint work committees to identify the needs of neighbors and to support efforts to materialize local aspirations. These plans seek to forge alliances with our private and public stakeholders to support sustainable livelihoods.

Likewise, our power plants have the objective of integrating themselves in their territories and communities, adding knowledge and contribution to the dissemination of renewable energies. In this way, guided tours of the facilities are offered and there is a constant willingness to participate in environmental education activities.