Managing our environmental and social impact

The development of solar projects may have an environmental and social impact. In line with Scatec Solar’s policies, the requirements of local legislation and our commitment to international standards and best practices, we endeavour to minimise our negative impact, maximise local benefits and ensure constructive dialogue with project stakeholders.

According to the Equator Principles all projects under construction in 2019 are Category B projects with potential limited adverse social or environmental impacts

Our project activities are conducted in accordance with local laws, the Company’s corporate policies, and requirements as defined by international standards. This include the IFC’s Performance Standards and the Equator Principles for specific areas, including land acquisition and involuntary resettlement, human rights, biodiversity conservation, labour and working conditions, pollution prevention, community health and safety, indigenous people, and cultural heritage.

Establishing dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders, including local communities, at an early stage in a project, is critical for understanding a project’s impact and for integration of relevant considerations into the project development process. Engagement with local communities is an ongoing process throughout the entire life of a project.

We follow standardised processes for all our projects to identify, mitigate and monitor our potential risk and impact. This work forms part of our overall Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS). Key elements of the process are outlined here.