Question from Siegbert van der Velde,
Director Natuur- en Milieufederatie (Nature and Environmental Federation) Groningen
What responsibilities come with building a power plant in an area of natural beauty?
Business development in a country as small as the Netherlands, without having a negative impact on nature is one of our challenges. Nuon is building the Magnum Power Plant in Eemshaven, Groningen, on the edge of the Wadden Sea. Our goal is to minimise the impact on nature around the power plant. We do compensate for the negative effects, but the question asked by Siegbert van der Velde, of the Natuur- en Milieufederatie Groningen (Nature and Environmental Federation) goes further than this: do we – as a company – feel responsible for the repair and development of natural areas?
Customisation and awareness of the environment
We feel a strong responsibility for the environment in which we do business. We are aware of the social interests, we deal with issues sensitively and it goes without saying that we conform to laws and regulations. We also customise our business to the needs of the environment we work in.
By this we mean, developing a specific plan for the dunes area of Ameland and Schiermonnikoog for example. One of the measures taken, focuses on the nitrogen emissions of the plant. Large quantities of nitrogen were removed from the area, to protect the surrounding nature. We also compensate for the nitrogen emissions around our business in Emmapolder, by both repairing and making ecological improvements as well as creating a new nature reserve in the area.
Role of the government
We consider the implementation and coordination of a large repair operation to nature in a specific area, the task of the government and not that of an individual business. Especially, when it relates to the management and final responsibility for the area. However, repair and development of an area is only possible if all parties work together. We actively participate and work towards an economical and ecological balance in the areas we do business in.