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Environmental management

We make sustainable use of natural resources

Endesa's activities are undertaken respecting the environment and we are committed to preserving and making sustainable use of natural resources in line with circular economy principles, applying criteria for excellence.

generation and distribution certified by 14001
reduction of specific SO₂ emissions compared to 2005
reduction in the value of our environmental footprint compared to 2019

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 12: Responsible production and consumption

SDG 13: Climate action

For Endesa environmental excellence is an essential value in our business culture. That is why our activities are respectful with the environment and comply with the principles of sustainable development. We are firmly committed to preserving and making sustainable use of resources in line with circular economy principles, applying criteria for excellence.

We also extend this commitment to our suppliers, who are required to implement environmental policies based on these same principles, and which are applicable to all the processes right along the value chain (supply of raw materials, manufacturing processes, logistics, etc.) for the activities we undertake, always in accordance with our company's mission, outlook and principles.

With regard to compliance with our environmental commitment, we identify, assess and manage both the positive and the negative environmental impact of our activities, and strive to minimize those that are less beneficial and maximize those that are positive, by applying the basic principles included in our environmental policy.

We establish suitable management systems to achieve excellence based on ongoing improvement, aimed at preventing pollution and guaranteeing compliance with environmental legislation.

We make sustainable use of our energy and water resources and raw materials, by encouraging a reduction in the generation of waste, responsibly managing our products to guarantee maximum recovery, as well as measuring and minimizing the environmental impact by applying the best techniques and practices available, encouraging innovation and taking actions aimed at fighting against climate change.


Certification of environmental management systems

The assessment of the environmental risks for our activity and the environmental certifications awarded by external entities help ensure the excellence of our environmental management which is an essential part of and in line with our corporate strategy. These certifications mean that there is regular and systematic identification, assessment and control of any environmental impact that may be generated by our installations and operations. We currently hold the following certificates:

Activity REGULATION % certified in 2021
Electricity generation (thermal, hydraulic and renewable)

ISO14001:2015   9001   50001   EMAS 100%   100%   3 Thermal power stations   12 Thermal power stations (74% net power installed)
Electricity distribution
14001, 9001, 50001   Residuo Cero 100%   100% of the activity undertaken in Aragón, Castile-León and Galicia
Port terminals
14001, 9001, EMAS, Residuo Cero 100%
Corporate headquarters and office buildings
14001, 50001, UNE-EN 171.330-3 5 main headquarters
Endesa Energía 9001, 14001 100% of its activity
Endesa X 9001, 14001 100% of its activity

We define the policies that establish our commitment to the sustainable use of natural resources in compliance with the requirements of the ISO standards:

ENDESA’s environmental policy

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Environmental Policy of e-distribución (Spanish version)

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Quality and Environmental Policy of Port Terminals (Spanish version)

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Health, Safety, Environment, Quality and Energy Efficiency Policy of Endesa Generación (Spanish version)

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Integrated Policy on Environmental, Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality Management for Office Buildings - Servicios Iberia (Spanish Version)

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We deliver excellence in environmental management through our certifications:

ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 50001 certificates of e-distribution

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ISO 14001 Certificate - Endesa Thermal Generation

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Multisite ISO 14001 Certification Port Terminals

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Enel Green Power ISO 14001 Certificate

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ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and UNE-171330 (CAI) Certificates - Iberia Services

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ISO 14001 Certificate - Endesa Energy

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We communicate our environmental statements to all interested parties:

Environmental objectives

The decarbonization of the energy mix and minimization of the environmental impacts from our activity are the two main areas in which we are working to promote a sustainable business model and reduce our direct environmental foot by 32% by 2023 (compared to 2019). The following graph summarizes our environmental targets for the coming years:

Air quality in 2021.
Air quality in 2021.
Water abstraction and waste production by 2021.
Water abstraction and waste production by 2021.
Energy loss and recovery in 2021.
Energy loss and recovery in 2021.

Environmental footprint

The environmental footprint measure a company's environmental behavior throughout all the stages of its lifecycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the management of products at the end of their useful life and including the production and use stages. Here in Endesa we calculate our environmental footprint based on an in-house methodology that is itself based on current international criteria, including those developed by the European Union for the calculation of the environmental footprint corresponding to organizations and products. In accordance with our commitment to excellence in environmental sustainability, in 2021 we were able to the value corresponding to our footprint by 3.1% compared to 2020, and by more than 45% compared to 2019, a significant improvement mostly as a result of progressively abandoning the use of coal for thermal generation as the basis for the decarbonization targets established in our Strategic Plan for 2022-2024.

Endesa is firmly committed to reducing its environmental footprint and that is why we are really looking forward to meeting the target of reducing it by a further 5% by 2024 compared to 2021.

Development of Endesa's Environmental Footprint in recent years.
Development of Endesa's Environmental Footprint in recent years.
Development of Endesa's Environmental Footprint in recent years.

Endesa's Environmental Footprint

2019: 10.882

2020: 6.098

2021: 5.910

Management of nuclear activity

We are strongly committed to managing our nuclear activity safely, as can be seen in the Nuclear Policy approved by the Board of Directors in 2011 and published on the websites of the companies that are involved in this activity. This policy establishes a commitment for all nuclear activities undertaken by Endesa as a majority or minority shareholder to be guided by the following principles: the safety and protection of workers, the public and the environment, as well as the promotion of excellence in all activities that goes beyond merely complying with legal requirements.

See more about our management of nuclear activity.


Environmental litigations

During 2021, there was no significant environmental violation (no final judgment with an individual fine over EUR 10,000).

In 2021, there were 44 environmental legal proceedings as a defendant and a provisioned amount of fines/penalties over EUR 10,000, totaling EUR 4,670,303. 


Our environmental management projects

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Comprehensive water management

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