At Endesa, we are engaged in an energy transition process that will allow us to evolve towards an emission-free energy model, through the decarbonisation of the economy and a commitment to renewable energy. In this process, we have a special commitment to the areas surrounding the thermal power plants that are closing down, to mitigate the consequences that this change of model could have in the economic, environmental and social sphere.
This is why we are talking about a just transition: our aim is to create shared value with all the local stakeholders affected and to apply the criteria of the circular economy so as to bring in new business models that will work in these different areas.
We have presented Futur-e Plans for all the coal-fired plants on the Peninsula for which we have requested shutdown permits, with the aim of helping to mitigate the impact that these closures could have on the local population. The plans are organised around four action areas:
- Proactive job search for directly affected staff members
- Promotion of economic activities and employment in the area. This includes renewable energy projects, the dismantling work and an international project competition. With this competition we hope to find initiatives that will generate investment and employment in the surrounding areas, taking advantage of the location of the plants.
- Education and training, to bring about the professional retraining of those who will be directly affected and maximise the percentage of local people employed on our projects in the area.
- Municipal sustainability: initiatives to mitigate the fiscal impact that the closures are having on the municipalities where the plants are located. In addition, together with the municipalities, we are seeking ways to promote their energy efficiency.
There are currently four coal-fired production facilities for which we have requested shutdown permits. These plants are located in Andorra (Teruel), Compostilla (León), As Pontes (A Coruña) and Carboneras (Almería), and each has its own customised Futur-e plan, tailored to the characteristics of the surroundings.