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We minimise the impact of our industrial activity

Environmental management

We minimise the impact of our industrial activity

At Endesa we seek to minimise the impact of our industrial activities on the natural environment in which we operate and to use efficient resources.

At Endesa, we are seeking to minimise the impact of industrial activity on the natural environment in which we work and to use efficient resources.

The assessment of the environmental risks of our activity and the environmental certifications granted by external bodies help to ensure excellence in our environmental management, which is integrated and aligned with our corporate strategy.

Figures that demonstrate this commitment:

  • We invested 1,705 millions euros of accumulated environmental investment (as of 31/12/2018).
  • At at 31/12/2018, we had reduced emissions with respect to 2005: 89.6% for SO2, and 49.9% for NOx.
  • 100% of generation and distribution facilities certified by ISO 14001
Reduction of SO2 emissions in 2017 vs. 2005
Reduction of NOx emissions vs. 2005
GJ of energy saved through efficiency means in 2018
Non-hazardous waste recovered in 2018
Biodiversity Actions carried out in 2018
Our enviromental objectives

Our environmental objectives for the coming years

32% reduction in Endesa’s direct environmental footprint in 2021 (vs 2018)

  • Decarbonisation

o   Absolute CO2 emissions (Mton): -52%
2005: 51
2020: 24,3

o   Specific CO2 emissions (g/kWh): -39%
2005: 540
2020: 332

o   Objectives 2021: -17% reduction of CO2 in buildings (vs 2018); -17% reduction CO2 in the fleet (vs 2018)

  •  Air quality

o   Specific SO2 emissions (g/kWh): -52%
2018: 0.64
2021: 0.31

o   Specific NOx emissions (g/kWh): -13% (vs 2018)
2018: 0.95
2021: 0.83

o   Specific particulate emissions (g/kWh): -24% (vs 2018)
2018: 0.021
2021: 0.016

  • Water consumption

o   Water consumption (m3/MWh) -45%

            2018: 0.80

 2021: 0.44

o   Waste management

Waste production in generation: <37.000 tonnes in 2021.

Reuse of combustion products from coal-fired power plants (ash, slag and gypsum): 35% in 2021

o   Distribution

Reduction in electricity losses (% losses measured in substation bar - OS Criteria) -8%

2018: 9,65

2021: 8,89

At Endesa, we are committed to achieving excellence in the environmental management of our business activity through the value chain. For this reason, we established the 2018-2020 Sustainability Plan with the objective of maintaining 100% of our generation and distribution facilities certified for International Standard ISO 14001. This objective, which was entirely fulfilled in 2018, is maintained in the new 2019-2021 Sustainability Plan.

Environmental management systems

Environmental management systems certified under ISO 14001

Energy produced in certified facilities:

  • 2016: 100%
  • 2017: 100%
  • 2018: 100%

Certified power:

  • 2016: 100%
  • 2017: 100%
  • 2018: 100%

In 2018, within the field of thermal generation, the integrated multisite certification has been renewed in accordance with the standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001. In addition, the requirements of the ISO 50001 Energy Management standard have been integrated into the system, and have been certified in 20% of the plants, thus providing a firm, consolidated and aligned control and management system.

Moreover, 78.3% of the installed net power or capacity of all our thermal power plants is produced in plants registered with the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (‘EMAS’). Likewise, all port terminals are registered in EMAS.

Regarding renewable generation, we renewed the certification of our management system in 2018, covering all of our facilities (hydraulic, wind powered, solar and biogas), in compliance with the international standards ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.

As for distribution, all energy distributed by our company and its associated infrastructure is managed under a single certified system, which guarantees identification, surveillance and control of environmental impacts that its facilities and operations could generate. That management system is based on international standard ISO 14001 and is audited annually by an official accreditation agency.

Regarding sales, we maintained the Integrated Management System (SIG) certificate in 2017. This System certifies the capacity of the gas and electricity resale business to provide products that meet the customer's requirements, which comply with the applicable regulatory requirements, including those related to quality and the environment. In late 2018, the technical and economic management activity of the products and services related to energy for industrial clients and public administrations expanded its scope of certification under standard ISO 901 for technical and economic management activities of the products and services related to energy for particular clients and small businesses.

At Endesa, we consider environmental excellence to be an essential value of our business culture. With this in mind, we operate in a way that respects the environment and following principles of sustainable development. We are also firmly committed to conservation and the sustainable use of the resources we use. This commitment also extends to our suppliers, who are required to implement environmental policies based on these same principles, and that provide coverage to all of the processes throughout our value chain (supplying raw materials, manufacturing processes, logistics, etc.).

ENDESA’s environmental policy

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Generación Iberia Health, Safety, Quality and Environment Policy (Spanish version)

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Environmental Policy of Endesa Distribution (Spanish version)

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Quality and Environmental Policy of Port Terminals (Spanish version)

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Quality, Safety and Environmental Policy of Enel Green Power

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  • 100% of the power installed in Spain and Portugal is certified by standard ISO 14001, in addition to all port terminals and mining exploitations.
  • 100% of the transformation and distribution activities in Spain are certified with ISO 14001.
  • 11 corporate headquarters and office buildings have a triple certification system (SIGAEC): Environmental Management (ISO 14001), Energy Efficiency Management (ISO 50001) and Indoor Environmental Quality (UNE 171330-3). At certified branches, there is a total of 5,340 employees that represent 72% of the work force, covering 61% of the total office floor area.
  • 78.3% of the installed net power or capacity of all Endesa thermal power plants is produced in plants registered with the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (‘EMAS’).
  • 100% of the port terminals are registered in EMAS.

Certificado ISO 14001 de e-distribución

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Certificado ISO 14001 - Endesa Generación térmica

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Certificado ISO 14001 - Enel Generación térmica

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Certificado ISO 14001 - Gas y electricidad generación

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Certificado ISO 14001 - UNELCO

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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 14001 de Endesa Generación

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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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At Endesa, we have measured our environmental footprint, a multi-criteria tool that allows defining, evaluating and comparing the company’s environmental performance based on a life-cycle analysis: that is, taking into account the raw materials from their extraction and transport to waste management and product management, once their useful life is over.

The goal is to provide a single environmental performance indicator that allows:

  • Reflecting the overall impact on the different resources and by the different businesses.
  • Comparing businesses, technologies and installations with different impacts under homogeneous and unified criteria.
  • Identifying areas of environmental improvement and optimising the processes throughout the supply chain.
  • Analysing the evolution and improvements achieved.

With this tool, we also want to align ourselves with the new European and global environmental policies and trends: ISO 14001:2015, ACV and the circular economy.

During 2018, only one environmental incident has been recorded, with an associated fine of 100,000 €. The legal procedure has only been initiated.

Our projects about environmental management

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