We strengthen the protection of biodiversity

We are concerned about protecting biodiversity and minimizing any impact on it. We not only focus on meeting legislation, but we also carry out other types of action to help us meet our goals.

                  1. We collaborate with scientific institutions, non-government organizations and authorities responsible for developing projects to restore and conserve habitats and recover ecosystems.
                  2. We carry out workshops, visits, and activities for schools in local communities to raise awareness of the importance of looking after ecosystems and their natural value.
                  3. We take part in investigation projects to find out more about the biodiversity of an area or the benefits that ecosystems provide to the environment.
                  4. Since 2016 we have an internal guide to produce and implement Biodiversity Action Plans. This complements the Biodiversity Regulations and gives us guidelines to follow for the projects we carry out.
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Conservation of the Primera de Palos lake (Spain)

This project is a great example of our commitment to sustainability. In 2001 the full restoration of the Primera de Palos lake was concluded, and in 2005 our collaboration was a key factor leading to its recognition as a Marshland of International Importance. Today we continue working on the management of actions such as bird monitoring and the conservation and maintenance of the natural space.

Madrevieja nature reserve (Spain)

Eight years ago we led this project to restore and rehabilitate the natural beauty of the Madrevieja Nature Reserve, close to our Gibraltar-San Roque Refinery. We created two lakes, and two smaller temporary ponds to help mammals, amphibians and reptiles return to the site. The number of birds also increases each year and we have included Madrevieja in the network of reserves under the Bird Ringing Plan to Monitor Migrating Birds.

Study of marine ecosystems (Thailand)

We collaborate with the Biodiversity Excellence Center in the Peninsula of Thailand to develop a data base of marine and coastal life under our oil platforms of Coastal Energy. The study shows that these platforms have helped to create a very rich marine ecosystem full of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and sea flora.

Wildlife study in Casanare (Colombia)

We have developed a research project in the region of Casanare focused on finding out more about its biodiversity. In 2016 we published the book ‘Birds of the Plains of Casanare’, which covered part of the results of the project. Besides this, during the study we carried out initiatives to raise awareness among the local population of the protection of natural resources.

Life Blue Natura (Spain)

We are joint funding partners in the European project LIFE Blue Natura in Andalusia. The main objective is to find out more about and quantify the blue carbon sinks in the marine meadows and coastal marshland of Andalusia. It is important to avoid their destruction given they absorb a high quantity of CO2, the main cause of global warming.

Alijar II wind farm (Spain)


  • CEPSA has been conscious of all aspects of the construction of the Alijar II wind farm. For example, Cepsa took special care to respect breeding birds in the area; it halted construction work during the Montagu's harrier breeding season (a bird that nests on the Iberian peninsula in the spring months).
  • In this regard, Fundación Cepsa launched two initiatives related to local fauna, the first of which is a project to preserve and restore the Montagu's harrier population within the area occupied by the wind farm. The second initiative is a study on Iberian bats in the region, which are extremely ecologically important, using innovative techniques to take a census of the bats and monitor their usual routes.


Alijar II wind farm: Projects aimed at preserving and restoring the Montagu's harrier population and study on Iberian bats.