BPL biodiversity offset’s programme under the international spotlights

BPL biodiversity offset’s programme under the international spotlights

The 14th meeting of the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme took place on Wednesday, November 29th in Edinburgh in Scotland. It is in this context that Eiffage sustainability department presented its assessment of BPL high speed line’s biodiversity offset program toward the internationally recognised BBOP offset standards: a remarked case-study on the international stage.

This matching analysis allowed to:

  • Demonstrate that BPL offset program has been established in the respect of the best international practices ;
  • To highlight the specificities of large scale infrastructure projects which faces important land securing, farming and ecological fragmentation issues.

As a reminder, the BBOP (Business and Biodiversity Offset Program) is an international program of ‘Forest Trends’ NGO. It gathers a hundred of public and private actors (governments, companies, financial institutions, associations, scientists, etc.) and aims to develop the best ecological offset practices for projects impacting biodiversity. Eiffage is a member of this organisation since 2013, and is, at date, the only French constructor and developer of the program.
BPL HSL’s ecological offset, managed by ERE and executed by the consortium “Dervenn compensation”,  is established on 240 sites along the line, representing around 900ha of natural habitats to be managed and maintained in well-preserved state since 2036.
Furthermore, this offset program has been retained as a case-study for two ongoing Thesis: one in AgroParisTech /Paris Saclay South University in France, and the other in the RMIT University of Melbourne in Australia about an international comparison of projects’ offset.