As a result of its environmental policy and its respective impact management strategy, by 2030, the EDP Group is aiming to achieve a generally positive balance in terms of the impact of new projects on biodiversity, thus contributing to Sustainable Development Goal No. 15 (Protection of Life on Land) of the United Nations. A commitment that reinforces the importance of the contributions of science to develop methodologies capable of improving the monitoring of the quality of habitats and promote more agile viable solutions for the conservation of ecosystems.
EDP, together with the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), is co-financing the continuation of the EDP Biodiversity Chair for the 2018-2020 period, with a set of scientific research work dedicated to the management of biodiversity impacts, conservation and monitoring. The Chair attributed to the University of Porto, managed by the Centre for Research into Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO-InBIO), is being developed by a research group dedicated to applied ecology (ApplEcol). This is led by the researcher Pedro Beja, the holder of the actual chair, whose works reinforce the continuity of a line of research aimed at the development and implementation of metabarcoding tools for monitoring aquatic ecosystems, an emerging area of knowledge and which uses the DNA collected in the environment (environmental DNA or environmental genomics).
The Chair is based on 3 research areas: