Carbon footprint
Red Eléctrica works to improve the calculation of its emissions and reduce them as far as possible.

CO2We develop and carry out programmes aimed at identifying, controlling and reducing emissions associated with our activity. Furthermore we apply energy efficiency measures and also offset part of our emissions, mainly through ‘Red Eléctrica Forest’s initiative.

New reduction targets

In 2018 we have redefined our emission reduction targets to further increase our commitment to the fight against climate change. This new commitment has been approved by the Science Based Target (SBTi) initiative, which seeks to help companies define emission reduction targets based on science as a way to boost the competitive advantage of companies in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Red Eléctrica is committed to a 40% reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions per MWh transported by 2030 compared to 2015

In terms of absolute emissions, this target involves a reduction of scope 1 and 2 emissions of 30% compared to 2015. In addition, a preliminary reduction target of 10% has been set for the 2020 horizon, compared to the same year.

The partial specific targets can be consulted in 'Our Climate Change Commitment and Action Plan' section on our web.

Emissions inventory

Scope 1: Direct GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions

  • Fugitive Emissions:
    • SF6 gas leaks in electricity substations.
    • Refrigerant gases leaks from air conditioning systems.
  • Mobile Combustion: emissions derived from fuel consumption of the fleet.
  • Stationary combustion: derived from the combustion of fuels used in diesel generating sets. (No other stationary combustion source exists in the Company).


Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions associated with electricity consumption

  • Electricity consumption.
  • Electricity losses in the transmission grid.


Scope 3: Other indirect GHG emissions

  • Supply chain: Purchase of goods and services.
  • Capital goods.
  • Life cycle of fuel and energy consumed: emissions due to energy production (not included in scope 1 and 2).
  • Upstream transportation and distribution.
  • Waste management.
  • Business travel by plane, train and car (taxi, private and rented vehicles).
  • Employees commuting to the work place.
  • Leased assets (downstream).

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Emissions reduction

The main direct emissions derived from our activities are sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), which in terms of CO2 represents over 98% of total direct emissions calculated. We carry out the following actions to minimise these emissions:

  • Control, inventory and management of SF6 gas.
  • Training of all personnel involved in the management of SF6 gas.
  • Replacement of SF6 management equipment and measurement equipment for more efficient equipment. The emissions savings of the new equipment is estimated at 1000 t of CO2 per year.
  • Improved leak detection: acquisition of new pressure gauges and camera to detect leaks.
  • Participation in the research project EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) on SF6 matters.


pdf Table of Management of SF6 (Corporate Responsibility Report) PDF 282 KB.

Offsetting emissions

As part of our commitment to fight climate change, one of our actions is directed to offsetting our emissions. Currently this offsetting is carried out through the "Red Eléctrica Forest", a reforestation project in different areas of Spain. Additionally, we calculate the emissions associated with our corporate events through a methodology and a bespoke measurement tool based on the most internationally recognized standards: the Public Available Specification (PAS 2050) and the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. The 2013 shareholders' meeting was the first event that we have calculated and offset through the purchase of Certified Emission Reduction (CER) carbon credits.

Red Eléctrica offsets the carbon footprint of its 2014 General Shareholders’ Meeting via a project in China (Brief news).
Red Eléctrica offsets the carbon footprint of its 2013 Annual General Shareholders' Meeting with an energy project in Guatemala (Press release).