Within Endesa’s Sustainability Plan (PES 2018 – 2020), we have established a group of goals intended to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions in our generation and distribution businesses, and in fleets and offices.
At Endesa, we assume as our own Enel Group’s objective of being “carbon neutral” by the year 2050, and we have established other intermediate objectives for the year 2020:
- Reaching 54% of production free from CO2
- Reducing the specific CO2 emissions by 35% with respect to 2005.
To reduce the losses by one percentage point with respect to 2017.
Fleets and offices
- To reduce CO2 emissions from fleets by 50% in 2020 with respect to 2017 through the progressive electrification of the fleet, promotion of a more efficient management of the fleet and the promotion of e-carsharing.
- Reduce CO2 emissions in its buildings by 23% with respect to 2017 by reducing electricity consumption and more efficient space management.
In addition, at Endesa, we promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions among our customers: homes, small and medium businesses, and large corporations.
To do so, we sell a group of products and services in the environment of energy efficiency, renewable energies and digitalisation. This entails a reduction of emissions, economic savings and improvements of operating 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
The carbon footprint is the sum of the greenhouse gas effect (GGE) that a company emits when carrying out its activity. At Endesa, we strive to reduce those emissions—as part of our commitment to fight climate change — and the first step to achieve it is by measuring the carbon footprint.
To calculate the emissions, we make audits and verifications in our installations.
Calculating the carbon footprint helps us to manage the risks and opportunities in relation to the GGE, incorporating the “carbon component” into the decision-making.