A fair transition to an emission-free energy model
Much of the local population worked in the mines or in the plant, so the closure was a source of local concern and uncertainty. However, according to Sonia, “people are being reassigned and we hope that new projects and new industries will be attracted to the area so that the people can carry on”.
The process of changing the energy model is a challenge for the entire sector, which is experiencing the most important industrial reconversion in its history. Endesa is approaching this with the responsibility of promoting plans for a just transition in the environments most affected by the closure of coal plants. These plans include encouraging economic activity and employment and also the necessary training for professional retraining of the affected workers.
In the case of Andorra, the construction of 1,725 MW of renewable power is planned in the municipalities of Andorra, Alcorisa, Alcañiz, Calanda and Híjar, a project that includes the largest solar plant under construction in Europe and a large-scale energy storage system. We will also carry out a green hydrogen project that will bring sustainable investments to the province of Teruel.
Working for a sustainable future
Taking care of the environment also means taking care of our future and that of our children. That’s why Sonia is proud to be able to contribute her knowledge and daily work to address climate change and show her love for the place where she was born and where she lives with her family. “I love being out in nature, going for a run, letting go of stress… This is what I want, both for myself and for my children and my children's children. I want them to enjoy nature ”.
At Endesa, we change to keep being ourselves. In our 2021-2023 Strategic Plan, we have reinforced this commitment to decarbonisation with increased investment in renewable energy, digitalisation of the power grid, and electrification of residential demand and that of sectors such as industry and transport. Our renewable assets will grow 30% by 2023 compared to 2020, meaning that 89% of our mainland output will be free from CO₂ emissions by the end of 2023.