Improve global environment, foster local development
Our 3 Mission-driven Objectives:
#1 Act for the production of a renewable energy accessible to the many
#2 Contribute with the local population to the sustainable development of territories
#3 Make the best out the planet resources, in a sustainable way
Our positive contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Actively Participate in the Fight Against Climate Change
Each MWh produced by renewable sources of electricity represents a decarbonization of energy and, therefore, the prevention of emission of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Key Figure: 1,421 kt of CO2 equivalent avoided in 2021.
Voltalia is beginning construction on the SSM1&2, the Group’s biggest solar project, located in the Serra Branca cluster in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Norte. Once commissioned during the first half of 2022, SSM1&2 will become Voltalia’s largest solar project worldwide. To learn more, click here: Press release
The Sable Blanc project in French Guiana combines a photovoltaic power plant with a battery storage unit. This combination will allow electricity produced from solar energy during the day to be injected into the grid after dark while improving the stability of electricity production. The project is highly anticipated to both help improve the energy supply in a region where electricity demand is growing rapidly and to replace existing diesel generators in Saint Laurent du Maroni. To learn more, click here: Press release
Strengthen Access to Competitive Energy
Voltalia targets regions of the world where renewables do not need subsidies to locally produce affordable electricity.
Key Figure: ≈ 80% of Voltalia’s installed capacity is unsubsidized.
Voltalia signed a 20-year corporate solar power purchase agreement with 11 French firms to develop a non-subsidized 56MW solar farm in the south of France.
To learn more, click here: Press Release
Nurture Dialogue with Stakeholders
Regular and active dialogue with stakeholders through established consultation mechanisms is one of Voltalia’s systematic and voluntary processes to help ensure the optimal and sustainable integration of our projects in the territories where we operate.
Key Figure: Dedicated Community Liaison Officers in Brazil, France and Kenya
1 Group grievance mechanism under development
Voltalia has created dedicated space to dialogue with stakeholders at Serra do Mel in Brazil. A grievance mechanism allows us to record any questions or grievances about the project and to respond to them as soon as possible. This grievance mechanism is associated with a “Stakeholder Engagement Plan” that ensures dialogue with all identified stakeholders, monitors the grievance mechanism and its effectiveness, and provides a timely and appropriate response.
“My role is to work on the ground on the human side and to put the appropriate tools to develop support for the project in place. The final goal is to have a project that is understood and shared by the local stakeholders” – Voltalia Community Liaison Officer in France.
Foster Human, Local Development
In Brazil, Voltalia carries out social and environmental projects that are fully integrated into a strategic vision for the long-term, local establishment of the company in the territory.
Key figure: 41 social projects and actions in Brazil in 2020.
2M€ invested in communities
Several actions have been carried out to fight the Covid pandemic and provide communities with emergency assistance: donations of food baskets, single-use medical equipment (masks, gloves, surgical caps), reusable masks, brochures, and cleaning and hygiene kits for health professionals. The actions benefited over 2,000 people in the states of Rio Grande do Norte, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Amapá.
This is a nationwide program that aims to support the training of local labor by financing free courses for residents of the regions where Voltalia operates. This initiative contributes to increasing the employability of students not only for the project at hand, but also for other opportunities in the future. The trainings have specific HSE programs and the students receive certificates both from the course and from the NRs* necessary to carry out the work, a great differentiating factor within the labor market.
*Norma Reguladora: regulation standards