Sustainability

Sustainability

Energy transition and climate change

The Paris Agreement of 2015 was a historic milestone in the global fight against climate change with the commitment of the signatory parties to contain the increase in the Earth's temperature. Long before this Agreement, the EU had already shown its desire to make economic growth compatible with the reduction of greenhouse gases in the medium and long term. To achieve these objectives, a change in the energy model is essential.

 

Transition to a new energy model

In order to achieve the European energy targets a change in the energy model is essential and in this regard, the European Commission in November 2016 presented the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package, whose proposals and measures aim to accelerate the transition to clean energy in line with the fulfilment of the targets established in the Paris Agreement, maintaining at the same time a secure and competitive energy system that allows the delivery of energy to the consumer at affordable prices, promoting growth and the creation of employment.

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.

 

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New reduction targets

Red Eléctrica is committed to reducing its emissions per MWh transported, in relation to Scope 1 and 2 emissions, by 40% in 2030 compared to 2015.

In relative terms, this target, approved by the SBTi initiative, translates into a commitment to absolute emissions reductions regarding Scope 1 and 2 emissions of 30% for the 2030 with respect to 2015, with an additional 10% reduction having been previously approved for 2020 with respect to that same year.

Further information can be consulted in our Carbon footprint section on our web.

 

Cornerstones of the Climate Change Commitment

Integration of renewable energy

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.

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Integration of renewable energy
Backing for energy efficiency

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.

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Red Eléctrica eficiente (only available in Spanish)

Backing for energy efficiency
Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions

We have calculated our carbon footprint and we have established reduction targets, among which noteworthy are the measures taken to reduce SF6emissions.

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Protection of wooded areas, prevention of forest fires and the promotion of reforestation projects

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.

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Wooded areas
Carry out climate change adaptation projects
Participation in and the promotion of projects for the adaptation of the electricity system to situations that could arise from climate change (physical impacts in facilities and changes in energy generation and consumption patterns).
Climate change adaptation projects
Extension of the commitment undertaken by the Company to stakeholders

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.

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Main courses of action of the Climate Change Action Plan