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A sustainable approach to renewable projects

Clean energy and sustainable construction

Respect for the environment, rational use of resources, attention to health and safety and the interests of local communities are present throughout the process of constructing and maintaining renewable plants.

of peninsular production free of emissions
GW of renewable installed capacity

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable development goals

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

One of our main commitments as we move towards a sustainable energy model is the promotion of clean energy. 

We currently manage, through our renewable energy subsidiary, Enel Green Power Spain (EGPE), 9.293 MW of installed renewable capacity in Spain. In our Strategic Plan for 2022-2024 we have strengthened our commitment to clean energy by promoting decarbonisation. In our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan, we have reinforced this commitment to clean energy to drive decarbonisation: we will add 4,400 MW of solar (3,000 MW) and wind power (1,400 MW) to reach a volume of emission-free capacity of 13,900 MW in 2025 (this figure includes 241 MW of BESS and H2). This is 51% more than at the end of 2022. 

The growth in renewables will enable 92% of energy production in the Spanish mainland to be free of CO2 emissions by the end of 2025. 

This ambitious project to decarbonise our electricity production will enable us to become a totally emission-free company by 2040, with 100% of our generation linked to renewable sources.

We apply a creating shared value (CSV) model to the construction, maintenance and operation of renewable plants that incorporates the priorities and needs of local communities into the business strategy. This model enhances the operating efficiency and the sustainable approach of the projects by promoting social, environmental and energy efficiency measures in the towns around the plants.

Graph showing renewable capacity and production targets to 2030.
Graph showing renewable capacity and production targets to 2030.

Encourage the development of renewables with - 16 GW of new capacity by 2030

Renewable capacity (GW)

2021E: ~ 8,3

~ 3x

2030: ~ 24


Renewable production (TWh)

2021E: ~ 13,2

~ 4x

2030: ~ 48


Peninsular production free of CO2 emissions

2021E: 86%

+ 9 pp

2030: 95%

Operational efficiency in construction

For construction projects for new renewable plants, the Sustainable construction site model is used, which includes a number of actions that help to minimise the effects on the environment:

  •   The installation of photovoltaic panels to reduce the use of diesel generator sets, which are donated to the community after the work is completed for installation in municipal or public service buildings.
  • The installation of rainwater collection tanks to minimise the use of water resources, which can be donated to the community after the plant construction is complete.
  •  Efficient lighting on construction sites.
  • Fostering the local recruitment of workers for the site and hiring local transport, catering and accommodation services.

Sustainable operating efficiency during the operation and maintenance stage

The Sustainable Plant Model has the aim of measuring the impact of the operation's activities on waste, emissions, water and people.

The model includes a catalogue of measures based on four main action lines:

  •  Water management: optimising the cleaning of solar plants, oil-free bearings in hydraulic turbines or sustainable waste water treatment plants.
  •  Emissions reduction: having operations and maintenance personnel use electric vehicles, LED lighting, etc.
  •  Waste management: reusing sediment, reusing and recycling river rubble, etc.
  • Local environment: promoting sustainable tourism, facilitating an increase in agricultural income, protecting wildlife near transformers, etc.

More initiatives in renewable generation

Parallel to investment in the infrastructures needed to generate renewable energy, at Endesa we are committed to projects that contribute to making the sustainable development model on which we are working a reality.

One of these projects is El Hierro 100% Renewable , a plan in which Endesa, the El Hierro Island Council, the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands and the Government of the Canary Islands are collaborating to supply sustainable energy (combining wind and hydraulic) to all of the demand on the island, which is a Biosphere Reserve and Geopark and has about 10,600 inhabitants. The 20-year objective is to reduce 6,000 tonnes of diesel and 19,000 tonnes of CO2.

We also have agreements with institutions, companies and organisations at the local level to supply their activities with 100% renewable energy. This is the case of the Madrid City Council and its Autonomous Organisations and the Gran Canaria Island Council, which have been supplied with energy from renewable sources for their municipal buildings and equipment since 2017.

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