For this, we have made a significant effort regarding the study of the territory and on coordination with key interested parties in order to define and agree on the locations of substations and the routes of the lines so that these effects are minimised.
Additionally, thanks to the implementation of preventive and corrective measures and strict monitoring of environmental criteria in the construction and maintenance works, the potential effects are reduced and the resulting impacts are compatible or insignificant.
To carry out continuous improvement of environmental performance and processes, annually Red Eléctrica defines an environmental programme in which the various objectives derived from the different strategies of the Company are established and specific work actions are defined.
Currently, one of the most relevant issues in relation to the integration of facilities into the environment is how to improve their social acceptance. The development of public participation processes is a key tool for this.
During 2017, Red Eléctrica worked on the public participation and consultation process for the submarine interconnection project with France across the Biscay Gulf as, given its status as a Project of Community Interest (PCI), it requires this type of procedure. In addition, the Company is strengthening stakeholder management by establishing plans for public participation and consultation processes for other projects.
In order to reduce to the maximum the visual impact of lines and substations, Red Eléctrica puts in place various measures, of which the following are noteworthy:
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