- Both companies today announced their collaboration to accelerate energy transition through a business symbiosis agreement based on the supply of green energy, the development of sustainable infrastructures and the recovery and re-use of materials.
- The document establishes a framework for both companies to cooperate in the development of initiatives and products to promote the current process of transition to a low-carbon economy, all under the criteria of sustainability and circular economy
Endesa and LafargeHolcim Spain have taken a step forward in their zero emissions strategy with the signing of a framework agreement that lays the foundations for both companies. The leadership they exercise in their respective areas, energy and construction materials, enables them to continue expanding their contribution to changing the model towards a low-carbon economy.
The two companies have identified different areas of action where they are able to establish synergies that raise their environmental ambition and, as a result strengthen their commitment to providing society with added value.
This business symbiosis will enable LafargeHolcim to prioritise the use of renewable energy supplied by Endesa. This will support its decarbonisation processes by replacing traditional sources of electricity with renewable energy. Endesa will collaborate by making preferential use of the solutions provided by LafargeHolcim's sustainable cement, concrete and mortar portfolio, including ECOPlanet, ECOPact and Tector, for its construction and maintenance projects.
The circular economy is the key to decarbonisation
The circular economy also plays a leading role in this agreement. Both companies have agreed to re-use industrial waste such as ash generated in thermal power plants that have now been closed. This ash represents an alternative and sustainable material for use in the cement production process, enabling the manufacture of an end-product with a reduction in CO2 emissions.
The agreement contemplates the re-use of other Endesa by-products such as construction and demolition waste and the development of technologies for the recycling of wind blades and their use in the construction of new infrastructures. This will enable both companies promote a circular economy model based on industrial symbiosis.
Finally, the agreement promotes a framework for research and analysis on circular economy, as well as a commitment to studying the best practices for the two organisations and their possible applications.
At the signing ceremony, José Bogas, Chief Executive Officer of Endesa, said that "our decarbonisation objectives are increasingly ambitious and can only be achieved if we apply circular economy criteria. It is also just as important for leading companies such as Endesa and LafargeHolcim to establish cooperation frameworks such as the one we signed today that will enable us to make the most of our possibilities to progress towards energy transition".
Isidoro Miranda, Chief Executive Officer of LafargeHolcim Spain stressed that "climate change is a great challenge. It is estimated that 60% of the infrastructure that humanity will need by 2050 has not yet been built. This means that innovation in construction materials is a key factor, as well as in the manufacturing processes. This agreement is an excellent starting point that will enable us to progress towards the decarbonisation of processes and infrastructures."
In addition to the Chief Executive Officers of both companies, Endesa was represented at the signing ceremony María Malaxechevarría, General Manager for Sustainability, and Juan María Moreno, General Manager for Energy Management, and LafargeHolcim was represented by Carmen Díaz, Commercial Manager and Ricardo de Pablos, Manager for Cement and Export Business Development.
LafargeHolcim and Endesa are committed to complying with the Paris Agreements and to the fight against climate change, the greatest challenge facing humanity at this present time. Within the framework of the 2030 Agenda, this agreement will enable both companies to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 9, (industry, innovation and infrastructure) SDG 12, (responsible production and consumption), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 17 (partnerships to achieve the goals).
Endesa is the largest electricity company in Spain and the second largest in Portugal. The company is also the second largest gas operator in Spain. Endesa operates an end-to-end generation, distribution and marketing business. Through Endesa X it also offers value-added services aimed at the electrification of energy usage in homes, companies, industries and Public Administrations. Endesa is firmly committed to the United Nations SDGs and strongly supports the development of renewable energies through Enel Green Power España, the digitalisation of grids through e-distribución, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Endesa Foundation is also active in CSR. Our workforce numbers around 9,260 employees. Endesa is a division of Enel, Europe’s largest electricity group.