In an attempt to address this issue, TREDAŞ has undertaken an important campaign, started in 2017, with the support of EBRD in accordance with the principle of "harmonious equality.
The following social investment programs undertaken by TREDAŞ, one of Garanti BBVA's customers committed to comply with international best E&S standards, are among the best practices on an international scale, setting an example for projects of similar nature.
Participation of women to the workforce:
Because the electricity distribution works are not preferred by women, the number of female workforce in TREDAŞ is very low. In 2017, following the inclusion of the repair and maintenance personnel, the ratio of women to total number of employees dropped down from 15% to 9% because all employees (394 persons) taken into the permanent employee status are men.
In an attempt to address this issue, TREDAŞ has undertaken an important campaign, started in 2017, with the support of EBRD in accordance with the principle of "harmonious equality". In this context, works primarily focusing on increasing women employment were started. To this end, female students in high schools are contacted and encouraged to choose electricity departments in universities. Support and internship programs were established by contacting the students who are studying in the electricity faculties; and vocational trainings have been provided. In addition, important steps have been taken to improve working conditions for women. The works on prevention of discrimination, fair opportunity and social gender is advancing with the support and guidance of senior management.
Awareness raising campaigns have been organised and the incentive has been disseminated through TREDAŞ web site and printed material.
Occupational Health and Safety:
TREDAŞ operations are classified as ‘very dangerous’ as per the Turkish occupational health and safety legislation in force. Due to nature of operations, TREDAŞ has faced severe accidents in the past which resulted, unfortunately, in a number of fatalities. In an attempt to address this, TREDAŞ has invested significantly to improve the occupational health and safety practices, invested in state-of-the-art personal protective equipment and closely monitors the site practices by its dedicated occupational health and safety team through regular internal inspections.
TREDAŞ has also established a Technical Training Center in Lüleburgaz to provide theoretical and practical training to its employees, in particular those working in the field. The trainings provide a general framework to increase awareness of TREDAŞ personnel in terms of health and safety and also focus on practices regarding work-at-height and working with electricity.
Bird Research Project:
Because of their size and prominence, above ground electrical infrastructures represent significant risks for birds if certain precautionary measures are not taken. Most above ground power lines present potentially fatal risks for birds through risks of collision with overhead wires and the risk of electrocution. Thrace Region is among the important bird migration routes in the world. Due to intensive bird activity in its region, TREDAS has initiated a research and development (R&D) project in order to mitigate the risks posed by the electricity distribution lines to birds and reduce the number of electricity shortages associated with bird activities. The R&D project is approved and supported by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA).
Bird Research Project focused particularly on the following topics to better understand the baseline conditions in Thrace Region in terms of bird activity and to devise techniques and measures to help reduce bird collisions:
- Research of breeding areas and migration routes within Thrace Region;
- Mapping of bird habitats in Thrace Region;
- The interaction of different bird species with the distribution lines;
- Bird related malfunctions in the distributions lines; and
- Measures and techniques to keep the birds away from the lines in order to mitigate bird mortality and injuries.
A bird habitat assessment report, a bird protection plan and a pilot applications report has been prepared within the within the scope of the R&D Project. The results of the R&D project may serve as a guideline for the electricity distribution sector in Turkey.