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The goal: to minimise the impact of global warming

Combating climate change

The goal: to minimise the impact of global warming

Combating climate change is the most important environmental challenge currently faced by society.

Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge that energy companies must face today. At Endesa, well aware of the urgency of decisively addressing this challenge and of studying the risks and opportunities linked to it, we have included it in our business strategy, within the 2019-2021 Sustainability Plan

In our fight against climate change, we work in two lines of action: Mitigation and Adaptation.

Regarding mitigation, it is essential to measure our carbon footprint and establish objectives to reduce emissions and report our achievements. As for adaptation, we evaluate the vulnerability of our installations as a starting point for making future decisions regarding the matter.

Within Endesa’s Sustainability Plan (PES 2019-2021), we have established a group of goals intended to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions in our generation and distribution businesses, and in fleets and offices.



At Endesa, we assume as our own Enel Group’s objective of being "carbon neutral" by the year 2050, and we have established other intermediate objectives for the year 2020:

  • Reaching 56% of production free from CO2.
  • Reducing the specific CO2 emissions by 52% with respect to 2005.



Reduce electricity losses, according to OS criteria (measured in substation bars) by 8% in 2021 compared to 2018. 


Fleets and offices

  • To reduce CO2 emissions in the fleet by 17% in 2021 with respect to 2018 through the progressive electrification of the fleet, promotion of a more efficient management of it.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions in its buildings by 17% with respect to 2018 by reducing electricity consumption and more efficient space management.

In addition, at Endesa, we promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions among our customers: homes, small and medium businesses, and large corporations.

To do so, we sell a group of products and services in the environment of energy efficiency, renewable energies and digitalisation. This entails a reduction of emissions, economic savings and improvements of operating and/or energy efficiency.

The adaptation has been conceived as a way to minimise global warming impacts. It is defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as “Adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities.”

In this way, in 2012, our studies on climate change included a new vision with the concept of integrated adaptation in decision-making. We also carried out an analysis which assesses the company’s internal vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and identifies potential benefits and business opportunities related to adaptation.

Thanks to our experience in this area, we were chosen as the company representing the energy industry to conduct the Climate Change vulnerability study in hydroelectric plants in the Guadalquivir basin and to study what the effect would be in the case of extreme events arising from climate change in the next hundred years: changes in temperature, rainfall and heatwaves, and the forecast of freezing in the operation of these facilities.

This work led to the “Integration of Adaptation to Climate Change in the Corporate Strategy” report: a methodological guide aimed at the private sector, establishing the guidelines to assess impacts and vulnerability associated with the climate change risks that companies may be subjected to.

The carbon footprint is the sum of the greenhouse gas effect (GGE) that a company emits when carrying out its activity. At Endesa, we strive to reduce those emissions—as part of our commitment to fight climate change — and the first step to achieve it is by measuring the carbon footprint.

To calculate the emissions, we make audits and verifications in our installations. 

Calculating the carbon footprint helps us to manage the risks and opportunities in relation to the GGE, incorporating the “carbon component” into the decision-making.

Documents to download

Endesa’s Carbon Footprint. 2018 Report

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Yet another year, we have been registered in the Registry of Carbon Footprint, compensation and absorption projects of the Ministry for Ecological Transition (MITECO), obtaining a certification in all phases (Calculation, Reduction and Reward), making us the first company in the energy sector to achieve it.

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