The European Union presented the European Green Deal at the end of 2019, which proposes a new strategy to achieve a prosperous and fair society, based on a resource-efficient economy and which sets the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. This represents an increase in the level of ambition regarding the initial targets set by the EU, which must be reflected in an upgrading of the current 40% emission reduction target set for 2030. For its part, the Spanish government is working on a ‘Climate Change and Energy Transition Law’ and has presented the draft of the ‘Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan’ (NECP), which sets out ambitious targets for achieving a practically decarbonised economy by 2050.
Red Eléctrica has stated since 2011 its voluntary commitment in the fight against climate change by approving a specific strategy called Climate Change Commitment and a Climate Change Action Plan, whose latest version was validated in 2017, and includes the targets to be achieved in the 2020 and 2030 horizons as well as the main measures to be undertaken.
We build the transmission infrastructure necessary to facilitate the evacuation of renewable energy and we implement new technical solutions for system operation, through our Control Centre of Renewable Energy (CECRE), in order to maximise the safe integration of renewable energy into the electricity system.
We promote demand-side management initiatives aimed at achieving greater efficiency in the operation of the electricity system, which we complement with other actions such Red Eléctrica eficiente oriented towards the efficiency of our own energy consumption.
We have calculated our carbon footprint and we have established reduction targets, among which noteworthy are the measures taken to reduce SF6emissions.
Aware of the importance of wooded areas as CO2 sinks, we undertake this objective applying three complementary approaches: minimise the loss of trees associated with the implementation of electricity grids, optimise the maintenance of electricity line safety corridors in order to prevent forest fires and thirdly, carry out reforestation projects to help offset part of the emissions generated by the Company, hence minimising the loss associated with the execution of its activities.
Disclosure of our carbon footprint, collaboration in initiatives to combat climate change, carry out awareness actions and transfer & extend our commitments to the Company's value chain.