Environmental management

We make sustainable use of natural resources

At Endesa we carry out our activities in an environmentally friendly way and we are committed to the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources

100%
of generation and distribution ISO 14001 certified
93%
reduction in specific SO₂ emissions compared to 2005
40%
reduction in footprint value compared to 2018

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 12: Responsible production and consumption

SDG 13: Climate action

At Endesa we consider environmental excellence to be an essential value in our business culture. We engage in our activities with respect for the environment, in line with the principles of sustainable development, and we are firmly committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the resources that we use.

This commitment also extends to our suppliers, who are required to implement environmental policies based on these same principles, covering all the processes in the value chain (supply of raw materials, manufacturing processes, logistics, etc.).

 

Certification of environmental management systems

The assessment of the environmental risks associated with the company’s activities and the environmental certificates granted by external bodies help to ensure the excellence of our environmental management, which is integrated into and aligned with our corporate strategy.

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Generation

100% of electricity generation (thermal, hydraulic, wind and solar) is certified by ISO 14001 and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (“EMAS”).

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Marketing

The management of the marketing of energy-related products and services and the marketing of gas and electricity using personalised management are ISO 14001 certified. 

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Distribution

Electricity distribution activity is 100% ISO 14001 certified.

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Port facilities

00% certified by ISO 14001 and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (“EMAS”).

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Headquarters and offices

The company’s headquarters and main buildings are SIGAEC triple certified: Environmental management (ISO 14001), Energy efficiency management (ISO 50001) and indoor environmental quality management (UNE 171330-3).

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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We deliver excellence in environmental management through our certifications:

Certificados ISO 14001, ISO 9001 e ISO 50001 de e-distribución

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Certificado ISO 14001 - Endesa Generación térmica

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Certificado Multisite ISO 14001 Terminales Portuarias

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Certificado ISO 14001 de Enel Green Power

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Certificado ISO 50001 - Servicios Iberia

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Certificado ISO 14001 - Servicios Iberia

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Certificado UNE_171330 - Servicios Iberia

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We communicate our environmental statements to all interested parties:

Environmental objectives

Decarbonising the energy mix and minimising the environmental impact of our activities are two of the main areas in which we are working to promote a sustainable business model and reduce our direct environmental footprint by 32% by 2023 (vs. 2019). The following graph summarises our environmental objectives for the coming years:

Decarbonisation

o  Reduction of specific CO2 emissions (g/kWh): -75%
2020: 0,17

2022: 0,23

o  Reduction of CO2 from fleet (2023 vs 2020): -17%

2020: 0,77
2022: 0,78

o   Reduction of CO2 from buildings (2023 vs 2020): -50%*

2020: 0,01

2022: 0,01

 

Air quality

o   SO2 Emissions (g/kWh): -25% 

2021: 0,28
2022: 0,22

2023: 0,21

o    NOx emissions (g/kWh): -13% 
2021: 0,87

2022: 0,84

2023: 0,21

 

o    Particle emissions (g/kWh): -50% 
2021: 0,02

2022: 0,02

2023: 0,01

 

Water

Reduction of water consumption in generation (m3/MWh)

Waste production

<20K <20,000 tonnes/year in 2023

 

Distribution

Energy losses in the grid (%)
Energy recovery (GWh)

 

Waste production: <20K

<20.000 tones/year in 2023

Water consumption

o    Reduction of water consumption (m3/MWh): -8%

2019: 0.37

2022: 0.34

Waste production

o    <25,000 tonnes in 2022

Distribution

o    Losses of energy in the grid (%)

2015: 9.30

2016: 8.41

2017: 8.12

2018: 7.50

2019: 9.53

o    Targets for energy losses in the grid (%): -4%

2019: 9.53

2022: 9.15

Environmental footprint

In, 2020 we reduced our footprint by 56% versus 2019. This is a significant improvement mainly due to the gradual end to coal thermal generation activity and reduced activity from generation technologies due to the unusual situation this year.

At Endesa, we are firmly committed to reducing our environmental footprint and therefore we are looking forward to tackling the goal of continuing to reduce it by another 32% by 2023.

 

Management of nuclear activity

We are firmly committed to the safe management of our nuclear activity, as expressed in the Nuclear Policy approved by the Board of Directors in 2011 and published on the website of the companies operating in this activity. This policy sets out the commitment to act in such a way that all nuclear activities, whether Endesa is a majority or minority shareholder, have as their main priorities: The safety and protection of workers, the public and the environment, as well as the promotion of excellence in all activities, going beyond mere compliance with legal requirements.

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Environmental litigation

During 2020, 2 significant violations (over $10,000 USD) have been reported, with an associated amount of fines of 66,000 €.

During 2020, there were 58 environmental lawsuits, which can be broken down as follows: 6 issues relating to wind energy, 3 issues relating to nuclear generation, 4 issues relating to water, gas and coal generation and 45 issues relating to distribution. The total monetary value of the provisions for these environmental liabilities accrued at year-end 2020 has been 66,322,902 €.

Our environmental management projects

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Comprehensive water management

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