Endesa’s Sustainability Plan (PES 2016 – 2020) has established a set of targeted objectives aimed at promoting reduction of CO2 emissions in our generation and distribution businesses, fleets and offices.
Generation: Endesa adopts the Enel Group target of being “carbon neutral” by 2050, and we have set other intermediate targets for 2020:
- Reducing 45% of overall CO2 emissions, compared with 2005.
- Reducing 20% of specific CO2 emissions, compared with 2005.
Distribution: Reducing losses by 20% compared with 2015.
Fleets and offices:
- Reducing CO2 emissions in vehicle fleets by 20% during the 2015-2020 period: by progressive electrification of the fleet, promoting a more efficient management of the fleet and promoting e-carsharing.
- Reducing CO2 emissions in buildings by 30% by reducing energy consumption and more efficient space management.
Endesa also promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions among our customers: domestic, small business and medium and large-sized companies.
To do this, we sell a set of products and services in the following areas: energy efficiency, renewable energy and digitisation. This reduces emissions, provides financial savings and improvements in operational and/or energy efficiency.
The adaptation has been conceived as a way to minimise global warming impacts. It is defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as “Adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities.”
In this way, in 2012, our studies on climate change included a new vision with the concept of integrated adaptation in decision-making. We also carried out an analysis which assesses the company’s internal vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and identifies potential benefits and business opportunities related to adaptation.
Thanks to our experience in this area, we were chosen as the company representing the energy industry to conduct the Climate Change vulnerability study in hydroelectric plants in the Guadalquivir basin and to study what the effect would be in the case of extreme events arising from climate change in the next hundred years: changes in temperature, rainfall and heatwaves, and the forecast of freezing in the operation of these facilities.
This work led to the “Integration of Adaptation to Climate Change in the Corporate Strategy” report: a methodological guide aimed at the private sector, establishing the guidelines to assess impacts and vulnerability associated with the climate change risks that companies may be subjected to.
Endesa’s Carbon Footprint
A carbon footprint means the sum of all greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced by a company in the course of its business activity. Endesa is striving to reduce its emissions as one of the courses of action in its commitment to combat climate change, and the first step entails measuring the company's carbon footprint.
To calculate emissions, we carry out regular audits and checks in our facilities.
Calculating the carbon footprint enables the company’s risks and opportunities to be managed in relation to GHG, incorporating the “carbon component” in decision-making.
To date, Endesa has calculated and verified the Carbon Footprint of all our business lines, from 2009 to 2015.
Endesa has therefore included the verification of various projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions implemented in some of our facilities in our Carbon Footprint Report (the latest report from 2014 can be consulted in the Targeted Actions section).