As part of the implementation of the Unibep Group’s environmental strategy, ways and rules of conduct have been defined for four key areas:
- soil and water environment
The principles we follow as a general contractor in order to limit our impact on the natural environment during the organisation of construction sites, temporary facilities and technological routes include, but are not limited to:
- we limit the area allocated for the construction site and temporary facilities to the necessary minimum,
- we organise the construction site outside the following areas: protected areas, bird nesting areas, river valleys and wetlands. We try to locate them in developed and anthropogenically transformed areas, away from residential developments if possible,
- we mark out storage yards and access roads away from tree crowns,
- we transport building materials primarily using existing transport routes,
- we seal the surface of parking areas for machinery and transport vehicles,
- we prepare the construction site and temporary facilities for unforeseen emergencies and provide them with the necessary equipment in case of contamination,
- we take care to restore the site to its pre-construction condition,
- we reuse humus, namely the top, fertile layer of soil.
- for mature, valuable specimens, a Tree Protection Zone is defined and marked, an area equal to at least the crown projection,
- we do not store chemical or construction materials or waste within Tree Protection Zones,
- we use tree trunk guards in the form of boarding, straw matting or jute guards,
- in summer, we protect the root systems from drying out during earthworks.
- we carry out tree felling, compensatory planting and replanting in accordance with the decision on environmental conditions or the decision authorising tree or shrub felling,
- we cut down the greenery interfering with the project only where it is necessary, outside the nesting season, which lasts from 1 March to 15 October,
- for compensatory planting, we use correctly produced tree nursery stock – properly formed, with a developed crown and straight trunk and a proportionate root ball.
- if protected animal species are identified, we relocate them from the construction site,
- we regularly inspect excavations and ditches to check that no small animals have entered the construction site. If they are found, they are caught and relocated from the construction site,
- we carry out dredging and silting works in riverbeds so that they do not interfere with the spawning and migration periods of fish,
- we protect amphibian habitats with herpetological fences.
The rules introduced in the four areas (land and water environment, air, biodiversity and climate) make up the Environmental Protection Standards, the observance of which ensures that construction work and ancillary processes are carried out in an environmentally sound manner.
The Environmental Protection Standards apply to all employees of the Unibep Group and the Contractors involved in the implementation of the project and other stakeholders.