At Endesa, we identify water as a critical strategic resource that is being affected by climate change. Forecasts from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show that, if new policies are not adopted, by 2050 almost half of the world’s population will live in areas with severe water stress.
To preserve this resource, we are constantly updating our corporate strategy for water and working to make efficient use of water resources, both in our hydroelectric plants, which use water to produce renewable energy, and in those that use other technologies (thermal and nuclear). We also focus on continuously improving waste water control and preserving the ecological status of reservoirs and associated regulated river sections.
At Endesa we are aware of the impact that our activities can have on the water environment. So we strive to preserve water quality and continuously improve our interaction with this resource. Through our environmental management system we carry out an impact identification process to reduce the effects as much as possible, following a policy of low water consumption and preservation of its quality.
For the tenth consecutive year we have participated in the CDP Water Disclosure. This initiative provides data on water and water management reported by the world’s largest corporations, in order to inform the global market of the investment risk and business opportunities and help direct investments towards the sustainable use of this resource. In 2019 we reached the “Leadership” level with an A- rating, a result higher than last year.
Since 2017 we have participated in the CDP Supply Chain Water programme, so as to promote good practices in the use of water among our suppliers.