Environmental stewardship

 

Sustainability goals

We support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We are going beyond business as usual to enhance ecosystems and biodiversity, take science-based climate action, and improve circularity.

Biodiversity

The global loss of biodiversity plays a clear role in the acceleration of climate change.

To combat this, as part of our work to develop sustainable renewable energy, we are also committed to not only avoiding damage to environments but making a positive impact through our work. We do this through careful habitat creation and biodiversity enhancement.

This includes:

  • careful site selection, avoiding sensitive and protected areas
  • robust environmental impact assessments
  • identifying opportunities for biodiversity enhancement
  • biodiversity management plans (BMP)

 

Read more in our Biodiversity Brochure and Biodiversity Policy.

Multi use solar farms

Solar farms temporarily set aside land and protect it from permanent loss due to industrialisation and urbanisation – and they afford countless opportunities to layer on the benefits of solar since the land under and around the panels is protected for decades.

In fact, 26% of our 2021 developed assets have grazing implemented or proposed.

Benefits of multi use solar farms

  1. Ground mounted solar panels sit on posts, several feet in the air. The posts themselves cover less than 10% of the ground. This leaves plenty of open space underneath to maximise the sustainable benefits of solar.
  2. On many of our solar farms, the ground is seeded with grasses and pollinator-friendly flowers before construction. This helps stabilise the soil during construction and provides habitat for insects and wildlife throughout the project life.
  3. Agrivoltaics is the co-location of solar and agriculture. At some of the facilities, small livestock graze beneath the panels. We are also working to co-locate food crops with solar.
  4. As vegetation and manure decompose, they enrich the soil with carbon and nutrients. Underground, the soil remains undisturbed for decades.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Through our solar energy solutions, Lightsource bp is already providing low-carbon renewable energy. But we also recognise that we can do more to reduce emissions associated with our operational footprint and our supply chain.

We recently published our GHG emissions for 2019, 2020 and 2021 in our Sustainability Report.

Emissions reduction targets

As we continue to deliver solar energy at scale, we will need to work collaboratively with the solar value chain to implement change and reduce emissions.

Our GHG emissions targets:

  • reducing our absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 26% by 2027 from a 2021 base year
  • reducing our Scope 3 emissions 52% per MW constructed by 2030, from a 2021 base year

 

Circularity

As a company that develops, constructs, and operates solar facilities, we can positively impact the waste footprint of our operations by working with our suppliers in design, construction, and operation.

Quality – One of the most important actions we can take to reduce waste is to design and construct with quality, to extend the life of the asset.
Waste management – We require our primary suppliers and contractors to follow local and regional waste regulations. We are also working to increase the visibility of our construction and operations waste footprint.
Solar panel recycling – To reduce waste to landfill, we commit to reuse, refurbish, or recycle solar panels from our assets.

Find out more

In a rapidly changing global energy landscape, we must respond to the climate crises with the urgency and attention it demands. Find out more about the key areas of our sustainability strategy below.