At Endesa, we are committed to the circular economy as a base for the new sustainable economic model through which we can preserve the resources available, while also generating economic prosperity.
For this reason, for years we have been incorporating sustainability into all areas of our business strategy in order to encourage the circular economy from the start of any process of the company. One of the most important pillars of our Sustainability Plan is the total decarbonisation of the generation mix by 2050, which includes intermediate objectives in 2020, 2030 and 2040.
Endesa X, a new brand, was founded with this same objective of minimising the use of raw materials, taking advantage of generating renewable energies and offering solutions that are adapted to the most current needs, in which models of consumption have started to be thought of in a new way.
The challenges that we are facing in the coming years to achieve a model of circular economy include:
- Sustainable supply.
- Extending the useful life of products.
- Platforms for sharing.
- Product as a service.
- Recovering resource at the end of their usefil life.
In order to provide an effective transition toward a model of circular economy, we implement infrastructures that apply the values of this new model both in their construction and in their management:
- Smart electricity grids: They allow efficiently integrating the distributed generation based on renewable sources and the possibility that customers become not only consumers but also producers of electricity.
- Infrastructure of charging points: A network of charging stations available to all users of electric vehicles, following the “Product as a Service” model; in this way, the client only pays for what they need.
The following projects that we’ve carried out are based on the initiatives of the circular economy:
- Assessment of the ashes generated in the coal power plants: The ashes, as a subproduct of the coal combustion are used to replace the limestone necessary to produce cement and asphalt, reducing the use of raw materials to produce cement and minimising their disposal in dumps.
- Cultivating microalgae to collect CO2: The Litoral (Almería) and Alcudia (Palma de Mallorca) thermal power stations operate plants that assess the CO2 from the combustion gases of each station by cultivating microalgae.
- Second life for batteries: In the 2nd life Battery Energy Storage System project, carried out in the Melilla generation plant, new batteries as well as those recycled from electric vehicles have been integrated to develop a fast-response storage system.
- Development of fish farms next to thermal power plants: The Alcudia (Palma de Mallorca) power plant assessed the residual heat of the cooling circuit, and prevented heat loss from it, converting it into heat at a fish farm to improve their fattening and growth yields.
- Integrated System for Environmental Management, Energy and Indoor Environment Quality (SIGAEC): We work to encourage the prevention, recycling and reuse of waste, as well as the use of the least-pollutant materials, with the final objective of not wasting natural resources, and also guaranteeing the correct management and disposal of the waste generated in the offices.
- Car sharing: Currently, within the Sustainable Mobility Plan for employees and fleets, there are 23 vehicles in the main headquarters available to employees for their professional travel during the work day. In this way, we promote electric mobility among employees.
- Circulability model: A project whose objective is to define and implement effective KPIs to measure, compare and improve the circularity of projects and products.
- Circularidad del cliente: Analysis of the degree of circularity of the customer through the measurement model from two perspectives: overall, which evaluates the level of maturity and dissemination of the circular economy, and specifically, that is focused on an energy analysis of the installation.