Committed to the Green Recovery as a path to economic and employment recovery

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In view of the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous voices are emerging from all areas of society suggesting the use this moment of recovery as an opportunity to drive the transition to a new socio-economic model that is climate-neutral, resilient, sustainable and inclusive. This is what is known as the Green Recovery, a vision to which Iberdrola group is fully committed and the horizon towards which it has been working for more than two decades.

Firmly convinced that any recovery after COVID-19 can only be green, Iberdrola is committed to accelerating its investments in renewable energies, digitalisation and electrical mobility to boost economic and employment recovery. It thus continues its advance towards energy transition and the decarbonisation and electrification of the economy, a path it began 20 years ago and which, since then, has led it to allocate more than €100 billion to this area, becoming a world leader in renewables.

Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola group

There is complete consensus that the road to economic recovery must be green, with the fight against climate change at its core. The European Green Deal and the National Energy and Climate Plans across the EU already provide a clear pathway. Iberdrola is fully prepared to help deliver these targets

Group chairman, Ignacio Galán, believes that backing a green economy means "investing in renewables, smart grids and energy storage” in order to make greater electrification possible. In addition, he points out that this transition offers opportunities in the field of new technologies and industrial processes, such as green hydrogen, an area in which Iberdrola is at the forefront of significant progress with its project to build Europe's biggest green hydrogen plant for industrial use.

Likewise, Galán, maintains that "to achieve a rapid and sustained economic reactivation it is fundamental to identify the sectors with the greatest potential to act as drivers of recovery," which must be aligned with European strategic priorities — such as energy transition and digitalisation — and set themselves up as generators of investment and employment. In this sense, stresses that, "for every job created within energy sector, 12 more are generated in others such as construction, manufacturing of capital goods, engineering and installation services and machine tools."


Iberdrola is ready to be one of those vectors of employment and sustainable growth. The company will invest €10 billion this year — twice as much as in the last five years —, helping to revive the economy and employment. It maintains its forecast of hiring 5,000 new professionals throughout 2020 and, in the last year, more than 1,700 young people under 30 years of age joined its workforce.

Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola group

We are making steady progress in our commitment to invest €10 billion by 2020, demonstrating that the only way to a rapid and sustained recovery is the green economy

The group has also already placed forward orders with its suppliers worth around €7 billion in the First Half 2020. Iberdrola has more than 22,000 suppliers, generating 400,000 jobs worldwide, and has agreements in place until 2023 worth more than €20 billion.


The company chairman affirms that the great European Green Deal brings "growth, employment and prosperity." "We have the resources, the technology and the knowledge to move towards a green recovery," he says, and the EU Recovery Package that the European Commission (EC) has just presented to Parliament provides "a clear and predictable framework" to implement this plan.

Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola group

We strongly support the strategy for a rapid and sustainable recovery being based on the 'European Green Deal'

The European Union in December 2019 presented its European Green Deal, which establishes a roadmap to transform the European economy based on the green transition. The EC has identified this Green Deal as a catalyst for growth and the European Parliament and most governments are following the line set by it. Now, with the EU Recovery Package, the Commission is showing its determination to allocate available resources to future sectors: clean energy, efficiency and electric mobility.

Iberdrola, which has supported the Green Deal from the beginning, believes the agreement will allow the opportunities posed by the fight against climate change to be taken advantage of and the countries' competitiveness to be improved. By placing decarbonisation and digitisation at the centre of the political strategy, investments in renewable energies — cleaner, safer and more affordable — will be fostered, lasting and quality jobs will be generated, and air pollution will be reduced, thus improving citizens' health. "We can and must exit this crisis by investing in a stronger, more united, more competitive and more sustainable Europe," Galán stresses.



  • sub NINE MONTHS 2020 RESULTS Iberdrola tower.

    Iberdrola increases investments by 23 % to €6.64 billion as of September, with net profit up 5% to €2.68 billion

    During the presentation of the results for the first nine months of the year, Ignacio Galán, the group's chairman, explained that, "despite the difficult environment in which we operate, the acceleration of our investments is opening up enable us to continue being a key driver of economic recovery and job creation, while improving our financial results." The company has added 4,600 new megawatts in the last year, of which 1,300 have been installed in the third quarter of 2020, and continues progressing in the construction of 7,600 MW.

  • sub ACCORDING TO 'THE WALL STREET JOURNAL' Sustainably managed.

    We are the most sustainably managed utility in the world

    Iberdrola occupies the fifth place in the global ranking of the world's most sustainably managed companies, launched by The Wall Street Journal to recognise companies' ability to create long-term sustainable value. Iberdrola is also the best placed utility and Spanish company on the list. This new classification has been drawn up by the publication's environmental, social and governance (ESG) research analysts, who evaluated more than 5,500 listed companies based on criteria such as the programmes, policies and performance metrics they apply in relation to the environment, people, social innovation and business model.


    Nasdaq welcomes Iberdrola as the first Spanish issuer to join the sustainable bond network

    Iberdrola becomes the first Spanish issuer to join Nasdaq's sustainable bond network. The Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network (NSBN) brings together a number of issuers, providing standardised information on their financial frameworks and the principles they apply, as well as data on the impact that each has on sustainable development goals.


    We take on the most complex construction of wind farms in Spain

    Progress is made in getting blades up to wind farms located in a very tricky terrain — the mountains — with difficult access, steep slopes and curves of up to almost 180 degrees. The construction of these projects — 130 MW of power, which will triple our installed capacity in the region — contributes to the revitalisation of the local industrial framework and will make it possible to generate up to 1,000 jobs.


    Construction begins on Port Augusta, our first hybrid solar wind power plant

    Iberdrola gets down to business in Australia with the construction of its first renewable energy project after the friendly acquisition of Infigen Energy, one of the country's key developers of renewable energy projects. Located in South Australia, Port Augusta is thus far our first solar-wind hybrid plant in the world, with an investment of 500 million Australian dollars.

  • sub OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPAIN'S ECONOMY Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    Galán sees the EU's recovery plan as a genuine opportunity for Spanish industry

    In an opinion article published in Ethic, group chairman Ignacio Galán advocates a new industrial revolution revolving around clean energy and the decarbonisation of the economy. "For the first time in centuries, we can safely say that Spain is in the best position to drive this transformation," says Galán, explaining that, "a green investment plan would have a much higher multiplying effect on the Spanish economy than a traditional plan."

  • sub IBEDROLA'S DIGITAL SUMMIT Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "Ambition must be increased and the green and digital revolution must be combined as key pieces in the economic recovery"

    Accelerating the process of decarbonisation and digitisation, in line with the European Union's roadmap, is the only possible path to recovery for Iberdrola. This was reiterated by its chairman, Ignacio Galán, during his speech at the Digital Summit organised annually by the company, this year virtually, with the aim of analysing the latest trends in digitalisation. Galán stated that it is necessary "accelerate the decarbonisation of transport, the residential segment and industry to leave a better and more sustainable world for the new generations, in which digitalisation plays an essential role."

  • sub OECD GREEN FINANCE AND INVESTMENT FORUM Forum on Green Finance and Investment.

    Iberdrola, at the Forum on Green Finance and Investment 2020

    Iberdrola sponsors the 2020 Forum on Green Finance and Investment, the annual flagship event of the OECD Centre for Green Finance and Investment, focused this year on green recovery. With participants from all over the world, the forum offers a unique opportunity for the private and public sectors to exchange views and strengthen plans on building back better and greener. Until 9 October.

  • sub EUROPEAN CEO ALLIANCE Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We insist on the importance of intersectorial cooperation to combat climate change

    Ignacio Galán, the chairman of Iberdrola group, and the CEOs of a further eleven European companies have joined forces to work towards an emissions-free future and to make Europe more resilient. They are working through the European CEO Alliance, an initiative that supports the Paris Agreement for 2050, the European Green Deal and determination and ambition to achieve the EU climate targets. At the first meeting, Galán said that "the CEO Alliance represents the firm commitment of some of the world's leading companies to work together to advocate the adoption of ambitious climate measures, create jobs and lay the foundations for a stronger, more sustainable economy in Europe."


    Iberdrola triples its renewable commitment in Andalusia, which will reach 3,000 MW in the coming five years

    The company has inaugurated the Andévalo photovoltaic plant, a ground-breaking facility that paves the way for a more sustainable energy and production model. The group chairman, Ignacio Galán, accompanied by the president of the Andalusian Parliament, Juanma Moreno, explained that "Andévalo is an example of the operations we are undertaking in Andalusia to triple our renewable potential in the region to 3,000 MW over the next five years". This new plan represents an investment of nearly €1.5 bn and will allow for the creation, in the construction and assembly works alone, of 5,500 new jobs in the region. Iberdrola is currently the top wind power developer in Andalusia, with an installed renewable capacity of 900 MW.

  • sub GREEN TRANSFORMATION Citizen Innovation Platform.

    Citizen Innovation Platform to encourage entrepreneurship in Asturias

    To avoid plausible job losses due to the closure of its last two coal-based power plants, Iberdrola has launched several green transformation plans in these areas. The first phase of the training of 10 employees at the Lada (Asturias) plant, which will consist of gathering information on the main challenges and opportunities within the region.

  • sub SMARTGRID INNOVATION Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We create a Global Smartgrid Innovation Hub to lead the energy transition

    Iberdrola believes that the transition towards a new energy model, based on electrification and the incorporation of more renewables, requires accelerating investments in electricity distribution networks. In order to respond to the challenges and to lead innovation in networks infrastructure, the company has announced the launch of a Global Smartgrid Innovation Hub. The hub will act as a platform for driving innovation, combining its technological capabilities with that of suppliers, collaborators and startups from all across the world.

  • sub NEW GREEN HYDROGEN BUSINESS UNIT Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We confirm our commitment to green hydrogen with the creation of a new business unit

    The chairman of Iberdrola group, Ignacio Galán, confirmed the company's firm commitment to green hydrogen with the creation of a new business unit with the aim of positioning the group as a world leader in this technology. Iberdrola joins the new technological challenge of producing and supplying hydrogen from clean energy sources, an area in which it has already taken the first steps in Spain — with the largest green hydrogen plant for industrial use in Europe — and United Kingdom — with the Green Hydrogen for Scotland project —. Galán made the announcement during Climate Week in New York, in which he claimed: "I know only one way to overcome the crisis: to invest more in forward-looking industries and become more productive and efficient."

  • sub GREEN HYDROGEN Green Hydrogen.

    Green Hydrogen for Scotland to help reach net zero targets

    'Green Hydrogen for Scotland' — a partnership of ScottishPower Renewables, BOC (a Linde company) and ITM Power — brings together industry-leading names in the renewables and clean fuel industries to offer an 'end-to-end' market solution for reducing vehicle emissions through the provision of green hydrogen.

  • sub PODCAST 'ROAD TO NET ZERO' Road to Net Zero.

    Road to Net Zero: how to achieve a green economic recovery

    Keith Anderson, chief executive of Scottish Power, joins the Spectator's podcast hosted by economics correspondent Kate Andres to discuss what 'green recovery' means, whether renewable energy can really meet our demands and if the Covid crisis has set back the British government on its path to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

  • sub INVESTMENTS IN JAPAN Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    Targeting Japan as a new growth platform for renewables

    Iberdrola is targeting the Japanese market as a new platform for growth in renewable energy, specifically in the field of offshore wind. The company has reached an agreement with Macquarie's Green Investment Group to acquire 100 % of the local developer Acacia Renewables.

  • sub EMISSION REDUCTION Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "We welcome the European Union's climate ambition to continue to move firmly towards climate neutrality"

    Iberdrola chairman, Ignacio Galán, values the European Commission review regarding the emission reduction targets (from 40 % to 55 %) for 2030. He said that it is "a unique opportunity for Spain that we have to take advantage of."

  • sub SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY PLAN Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We signed a green loan with ICO to install 2,500 public charge points in Spain and Portugal

    The loan, valued €59.4 million, will allow to speed up the roll-out of the Sustainable Mobility Plan which aims to install 150,000 charging points in homes, companies and public roads over the next five years. The company continues to push its stance for transport electrification as part of its strategy for a decarbonised economy, as well as for a green recovery in the post-Covid world.

  • sub BLOOMBERG GREEN FESTIVAL Bloomberg Green Festival.

    Diego Díaz, head of PERSEO

    The director of the International Start-up Program - PERSEO, Diego Díaz Pilas, also took part in the first day of the Bloomberg Green Festival [PDF], in the Zero Carbon Careers meeting, in which the new generation of leaders analysed the future of green jobs. Register in

  • sub NEW PROJECTS IN CASTILE-LA MANCHA Renewables strategy in Castilla-La Mancha.

    We begin construction of 150 photovoltaic MW in Castile-La Mancha

    We are stepping up our renewables strategy in Castile-La Mancha with the commencement of construction of three photovoltaic projects in the region, totalling 150 MW: Barcience, in the municipality of Bargas in Toledo, and El Romeral and Olmedilla, in the province of Cuenca.

  • sub WE STRENGTHEN OUR COMMITMENT TO PORTUGAL Renewable capacity in Portugal.

    We increase our renewable capacity in Portugal to 1,500 MW

    Iberdrola has been awarded a connection to the grid in the Algarve for a hybrid photovoltaic project, with 83 megawatts (MW) installed capacity, with 14 MW of storage, which will stabilise the system and manage discharge into the grid at times of high demand.


    Reducing the carbon footprint

    On the road to economic and employment recovery, transport and logistics face a huge goal: to reduce their carbon footprint by adopting new sustainable mobility models. These concerns were addressed on Thursday, September 10 at the Project Zero event Huella Zero: The challenges of logistics and sustainable mobility in green recovery.


    We complete supply contracts for Saint Brieuc

    We continue making progress in our first large-scale offshore wind project in Brittany with the award of a major contract to build the substation to the joint venture formed by Eiffage Métal and Engie Solutions. Saint Brieuc has an investment of 2.4 billion euros and an installed capacity of 496 MW.


    "Now is the time to hasten the transformation of Spain's industrial fabric by supporting the green economy"

    In his speech at the round table Recovery and reconstruction of the Spanish economy: challenges and priorities in the Extraordinary Meeting of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Iberdrola group chairman, Ignacio Galán, mentioned that to face the crisis caused by COVID-19, reconstruction plans will be needed "of an unprecedented magnitude." However, he also stated that such plans "will not only help bring about a recovery as quickly as possible, but also become an opportunity to transform our economy, making it more modern and solid, more internationalised and more competitive."

  • sub WORKFORCE TRAINING Workforce training.

    We aim to retrain our workforce in order to adapt to the green economy

    Javier Azorín, Iberdrola España's Development, Recruitment and Training Manager, affirmed — in a report published in El País — that the key to adapting quickly to the changes that decarbonization will require is "seeing what opportunities the future offers" and "staying one step ahead and investing" in innovation and talent. "Our older, highly experienced employees, such as miners, coal-fired power station workers, electricians, etc. are going to have to retrain, and we are collaborating with Spain's autonomous regions to help them to do so. We enjoy the advantage of knowing where the investment goes and are making the most of our photovoltaic training program to get them up to speed with wind power as well," he explained.


    Iberdrola's largest wind farm comes into operation: East Anglia ONE

    Iberdrola group, through its subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables, has put into operation what is now the largest wind farm in its history and one of the world's largest of its kind: the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, in British waters in the North Sea. With an installed capacity of 714 MW, the 102 turbines that comprise it are already operational, producing clean energy for 630,000 British homes. The project started up on schedule despite the complex environment generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, around 20 % of the installation of the turbines was carried out during the lockdown period in the United Kingdom, which forced the company and its professionals to change their working methods.


    We contribute to the economic development of Asturias with investments in renewables and support for industry, local employment and entrepreneurship

    Iberdrola has defined three areas of action related to energy transition as its contribution to the socio-economic development of Asturias: more investment in renewables, support for job creation by offering opportunities and contracts to local industry, and innovation projects. Following the recent awarding of orders to Asturias-based businesses worth €200 million and the start of the construction of 130 MW of wind power in the region, Iberdrola is launching a Citizens' Innovation Platform to channel entrepreneurial initiatives and a waste recovery project.

  • sub PPA WITH SABIC Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We develop the world's largest on site photovoltaic self-consumption system

    Iberdrola and SABIC have signed a pioneering long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) whereby the energy company will provide green electricity to the industrial plant of the petrochemical multinational in La Aljorra - Cartagena (Murcia, Spain), for the next 25 years. Based on this agreement, Iberdrola will promote, construct and operate the world's largest on site photovoltaic self-consumption system. The new renewable facility, which will be developed on the site of SABIC's industrial plant, will have an installed capacity of 100 MW and will consist of 263,000 solar modules. It will involve an investment of nearly 70 million euros and, during its construction, will generate up to 500 jobs, many of them local.

  • sub TRANSPORT ELECTRIFICATION Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We join forces with SEAT and Volkswagen Group Spain Distribution to boost electric mobility

    Iberdrola, SEAT and Volkswagen Group Spain Distribution (VGSD) have signed a strategic agreement to promote the creation of a public network of electric vehicle charging stations in Spain, promote the use of renewable energies, commercialise electric charging solutions and integrate Iberdrola's infrastructure into the navigators of electric vehicles. In this way, Iberdrola continues to push its stance for transport electrification as part of its strategy towards a decarbonised economy, as a key lever in the reduction of emissions and of city pollution, as well as for green recovery in the post-Covid world.

  • sub NEW PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVELOPMENTS Photovoltaic power in Extremadura.

    Iberdrola obtains environmental permits to build a further 300 MW of photovoltaic power in Extremadura

    Iberdrola is making progress on the most ambitious renewables investment plan in Extremadura and Spain, after obtaining the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for four photovoltaic plants in the province of Cáceres, with a total capacity of 300 MW: three of them are part of the Arañuelo Complex and amount to a total of 150 MW and the fourth, also located in the province of Cáceres, is the Arenales photovoltaic facility, with another 150 MW of installed capacity. The new developments will entail an investment of 180 million euros and involve more than 1,000 workers during peak periods in its construction.

  • sub NEW GREEN HYDROGEN PLANT Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We are working on the largest green hydrogen plant for industrial use in Europe

    Iberdrola and Fertiberia have signed an agreement to build the largest green hydrogen plant for industrial use in Europe. Representing an investment of €150 million, with this project Iberdrola will be able to produce green hydrogen from 100 % renewable sources; power which will be used by the Fertiberia ammonia plant in Puertollano (Ciudad Real, Spain), where the power plant is to be built. Scheduled to enter into operation in 2021, the plant will be made up of a 100 MW photovoltaic solar plant, a lithium-ion battery system with a storage capacity of 20 MWh and one of the largest electrolytic hydrogen production systems in the world (20 MW). Download the infographic [PDF]


    We are paving the way towards the circular economy

    Entitled The green revolution: the path towards a circular economy, the second Proyecto Zero, cycle event was held on 24 July. Organised jointly by Iberdrola and El País, the cycle seeks to analyse and promote energy decarbonisation and contribute to putting the brakes on the climate crisis. The experts gathered at the meeting concluded that the coronavirus has not only failed to slow the pace of the circular economy, but that it has actually speeded it up, due to the tendency to make better use of resources and achieve maximum efficiency. Iberdrola's Head of Environment, Emilio Tejedor, asserted that "the goals being set are increasingly firm" and that "Europe's commitment to the green economy is unquestionable."


    We are committed to industry and local employment to pursue the green transformation in Asturias

    Iberdrola intensifies its commitment to developing a green economy in Asturias (Spain), driving new investments in renewable energies and more tenders for the local industrial fabric related to the sectors of the future. Accordingly, the company has just awarded six Asturian companies — Windar, Tensa, Isotrón (Grupo Isastur), Gonvarri Solar Steel, Asturmadi Reneergy and Asturfeito — with contracts to go ahead with new renewable energy and power grid projects that Iberdrola is to build both in Spain and abroad. These contracts amount to orders of nearly €200 million and will lead to the generation of thousands of jobs for Asturian industry.


    We are promoting the role of small towns and villages to recover green Spain

    Iberdrola held an event in the small town of Astudillo (Palencia, Spain) to analyse the future prospects of the rural world as a basic lever to stimulate economic activity and recovery in Spain as a whole. Under the slogan Building the future. Our towns, our people, the initiative aims to showcase the importance of rural areas by way of projects to stem depopulation and contribute value to society. With this aim in mind, the event brought together representatives from the social, health, tourism, agri-food, institutional and energy sectors.


    Iberdrola speeds up investment to €3.58 billion

    The group has accelerated its investments to €3.58 billion in the first half of the year, 2.3 % more than in the same period in 2019 and despite the lockdown situation due to the COVID-19. The chairman of the company, Ignacio Galán, commenting on the first six months, said that "we are making firm progress in our commitment to invest €10 billion in 2020, demonstrating that the way to a rapid and sustained recovery is the green economy."

  • sub TOP-RANKING COMPANY ON THE IBEX 35 Iberdrola tops the IBEX 35.

    Iberdrola now tops the IBEX 35 as a forward-looking response to the recovery

    Iberdrola closed the 20th July session with a capitalisation of 71,727.6 million euros, at 11.24 euros per share, to become the top-ranking company on the IBEX 35 by market capitalisation. This move reflects a change in trend in an environment marked by the COVID-19 crisis and the transition to a low-carbon economy. In addition, the Spanish index has now become the only major one in the world led by a renewable company.


    The COVID-19 pandemic as a turning point in the fight against climate change

    In an article published in XL Semanal, the group's director of Energy Policies and Climate Change, Carlos Sallé, points out that the crisis caused by the coronavirus has been a turning point in the fight against climate change, to the extent that a multitude of businessmen, governments, NGOs, central banks and investment funds are seeking to stop the destruction of the planet as a key element for recovery and to avoid other possible pandemics.

  • sub IEA WORLD SUMMIT IEA World Summit.

    Galán, at the major IEA world summit to draw up the roadmap for a green recovery

    Iberdrola chairman, Ignacio Galán, was the only Spanish businessman and one of the few Europeans to participate in the major world forum convened by the International Energy Agency (IEA) under the title IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit. During his presentation he gave his view on what should be the cornerstones of the green recovery, in which the electricity sector will play a fundamental role.


    "Announcement gravely at odds with the UK Government's ambition to boost investment in green infrastructure"

    ScottishPower CEO, Keith Anderson, said this about Ofgem's announcement on Transmission network plans, which he described as "a massive missed opportunity”. “This is a short-sighted return to austerity politics", he added. "It's bad for jobs, bad for apprenticeships, bad for training and bad for the UK supply chain", concluded.


    Neoenergia bets on renewable energy as a pillar of sustainable development

    Investment in renewable energy generation is one of the pillars of Neoenergia's performance, since the company believes in sustainable development as the main way to manage its businesses responsibly and efficiently. In the company, the wind and water generations correspond to 86.8 % of the installed capacity. By 2022, this figure should reach 90 %.

  • sub GREEN FINANCING Settlement time.

    €800 million to boost the green recovery in Spain

    Iberdrola has signed an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Official Credit Institute (Instituto de Crédito Oficial, ICO) to drive the green recovery by developing new renewable energy capacity in Spain. The EIB and ICO will provide €600 million and €200 million, respectively, to finance the construction of over 20 projects with total capacity exceeding 2 000 MW.


    Technology and business merge to respond to COVID-19

    Fernando Lucero, CIO of Iberdrola, participated in the conference Technology, key to relaunching the economy, organized by and DXC Technology, where he claimed the role of those companies, such as Iberdrola, that have performed essential services for society.


    The European Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

    To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75 % of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. For this, the EC has adopted two strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, which will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.

  • sub IGNACIO GALÁN, IN THE 'FINANCIAL TIMES' Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We plan a clean energy drive worth 10 billion euros per year

    Iberdrola group chairman, Ignacio Galán, speaks in the prestigious British financial newspaper about his commitment to a boom in renewables [PDF] as the EU injects funds for recovery from the crisis.

  • sub IGNACIO GALÁN, ON 'INFORME SEMANAL' Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    The green opportunity

    The TVE Informe Semanal show included, as part of a report on the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, statements by Ignacio Galán on the need to promote green reconstruction.


    Our strategic role during the pandemic and in the post-COVID era

    Carlos Sallé, the director of Energy Policy and Climate Change at Iberdrola, spoke on the A Golpe de Bit program on Radio Exterior about the strategic role of Iberdrola in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, its main commitments in the new post-COVID-19 era and its role as the main issuer of green bonds in the world.

  • sub THE ENERGY TRANSITION IN LATIN AMERICA Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "Ibero-America has everything it needs to be a powerhouse for the green economy"

    During his speech at the presentation of the report entitled An innovative, sustainable energy transition in Latin America at a virtual event organised by Fundación Iberoamérica Empresarial, Iberdrola group's chairman said that with a wealth of natural hydroelectric, wind and solar resources, "electrification in this region can be carried out with sustainable sources from the word go, without having to resort to fossil fuels." Galán said that strong investment in renewable technologies, electricity grids and storage systems is essential to be able to grasp this opportunity. Iberdrola has already been driving development in Latin America for 20 years, and has invested more than €20bn.


    The work to commission East Anglia ONE has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic

    During the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Iberdrola has decided to continue with the work on the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, which is in the final stages of its commissioning. Located in the North Sea off the British coastline, this facility — which is 60 % owned by the group — has been supplying electricity since September 2019 and, after its full commissioning, it will have an installed capacity of 714 MW. Iberdrola's decision confirms its commitment to green energy as a path to economic recovery and is another example of the fact that, while a large part of the world economy has suffered a slowdown due to the coronavirus, the clean energy generation sector has remained active.

  • sub 'CEO INITIATIVE FOR EUROPE'S RECOVERY' Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We have petitioned the EU for a framework to drive the green economy

    In a letter addressed to the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament [PDF], CEOs of major energy, industrial and vehicle manufacturing sector multinationals — among them Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán — have expressed their support for the Commission's Next Generation EU plan, which aims to relaunch the economy after the COVID-19 crisis. In their letter, the CEOs urge that this agreement be backed by a “smart” industrial policy with fiscal reforms and a CO2 price fixing system, as well as conditions conducive to an industrial transformation.

  • sub VIRTUAL MEETINGS OF THE ERT Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    Ignacio Galán was the only Spaniard at the virtual meetings of the European Round Table for Industry

    The chairman of Iberdrola group was the only Spaniard at two virtual meetings of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), a forum whose members include CEOs and chairs from around 55 of Europe's largest companies. During the morning meetings — which were attended by Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, and European Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, respectively —, attendees discussed the importance role to be played by European business community when rebuilding the European economy after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, underlining the need for everyone to work for a green recovery.


    A debate on how Spanish companies are addressing the green recovery

    Iberdrola and El País have launched Proyecto Zero, a cycle of five events where experts, entrepreneurs, companies and opinion leaders will talk about how to progress toward a low carbon economy. The first meeting in this programme is entitled Spanish Entrepreneurs and the Challenge of a Green Recovery and it will be broadcast live on 24 June through the digital edition of El País. The participants will discuss the opportunities for growth, new business, innovation and leadership for Spanish companies on the road toward the economic recovery and sustainable job creation. Carlos Sallé, director of Energy Policies and Climate Change at Iberdrola, and Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, the company's Climate Change director will join other speakers.


    ScottishPower launches a ten-point plan to create jobs, stimulate investment and jump start the Green Recovery

    Iberdrola's British subsidiary has launched Unlocking Net Zero, a ten-step practical plan to move toward the green recovery. The document urges the British Government to commit to a set of regulatory priorities and changes to encourage private investment and create jobs at a minimal cost to the public coffers. The proposed reforms involve installing charging points to accelerate the transition towards electric mobility by 2030, stepping up the development of renewable projects and supporting more than 100,000 new jobs and work training opportunities for young people.


    We accelerate our investments in renewables in Spain to contribute to green transformation

    Iberdrola is stepping up its strategy for the consolidation of an energy model for the future with a boost in its renewables investments in Spain, specifically in the Castilla y León region. The company is to develop more than 1,800 MW in the community over the coming years in renewable projects (wind and photovoltaic) for which it will allocate investments in excess of €1.3bn. This volume of resources will galvanise the industrial fabric and create 18,000 jobs, according to estimates by the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC).

  • sub OVER 2,000 DIRECT JOBS Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    Iberdrola awards Navantia-Windar record offshore wind power contract, worth €350m

    The group, through its subsidiary Ailes Marines, has awarded the Navantia-Windar UTE (temporary business consortium) the construction of 62 jackets — the structures that support offshore wind turbines — and the necessary piling for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, which the energy company is developing off the coast of Brittany. The contract will help create 2,000 direct Jobs in Galicia, Asturias (Spain) and France, endorsing the path to green recovery and sustainable growth marked out by the European Union.

  • sub 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT 20th anniversary of the UN global compact.

    The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit is calling for public-private collaboration

    More than 20,000 heads of state, CEOs and United Nations officials will attend the virtual Leaders Summit to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Global Compact. With its slogan Recover Better, Recover Stronger, Recover Together, the event invited political leaders, business and civil society to reflect on the importance of collaboration and public-private alliances for achieving compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals.


    We propose investing 100 bn euros in clean energies in the next five years

    Within the framework of the economic recovery plans after the COVID-19 crisis, Iberdrola group is proposing that the Spanish electricity sector invests 100 bn euros in clean energies in the next five years, which will create 300,000 jobs "at no cost to the public treasury". These views were expressed by Iberdrola's climate change director, Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, on the programme La Entrevista on Radio 5 (Spain), during which he explained that these investments should be used to give additional impetus to renewable energies (among them, green hydrogen), strengthen electricity grids, bring forward the installation of electric vehicle charging points and reinforce pumping technology.

  • sub CEOE SUMMIT Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "The electrification of the economy is key for economic recovery since our sector has one of the most powerful ripple effects"

    During his turn to speak at the business summit organised by the CEOE (Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organisations), the chairman of Iberdrola group, Ignacio Galán, highlighted the electricity sector's potential key contribution to the economic recovery that faces us in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. "For every job created within our sector, 12 more are created in sectors such as construction, manufacturing of capital goods, engineering and installation services and machine tolos," Galán explained.

  • sub TOWARDS THE NEXT GENERATION European Round Table.

    We support the Next Generation EU recovery plan

    The European Round Table for Industry (ERT), an organisation of which Iberdrola's chairman, Ignacio Galán, is a member, has shown its support for the European Commission's Next Generation EU plan, and is urging all the member states to follow suit. The ERT is a high-level intersectoral forum for CEOs and chairs of European multinationals.

  • sub 'GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY' Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera.

    We advocate a clear and consensual commitment to environmental sustainability

    During the roundtable on Green Economic Recovery organised by Servimedia in collaboration with Iberdrola, representatives from government, business and NGOs all agreed on the need to join forces to support financial and social reconstruction in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by rowing together towards environmental sustainability. Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, Iberdrola's climate change director, admitted that the challenge will not be easy as there is "significant pressure to maintain the status quo," but he went on to stress that we must use this opportunity widely because "the plan that is adopted will determine the future of the environment and the economy."


    Commissioning first major wind complex in Spain since the health crisis

    Iberdrola has begun operating its Cavar wind power complex, in the Spanish region of Navarre, the first major wind farm commissioned in Spain since the health crisis. With an installed capacity of 111 megawatts (MW), it is also the company's largest wind farm built in Spain since 2012. Iberdrola makes progress towards a green recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis: "The Cavar complex is a great example of our potential to create jobs and drive prosperity if we pursue a low-carbon economy and steer our investments towards promising sectors, such as renewables, smart grids and energy storage", according to Ignacio Galán.

  • sub INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola.

    Ignacio Galán participates in the IEA ministerial round table

    During the virtual meeting 'Mobilising resources to ensure safe and sustainable electricity systems', the chairman of Iberdrola group stated that "the countries with the most attractive regulatory frameworks will receive the highest volumes of investment, which will generate hundreds of thousands of jobs."


    "European policy is linked to the Green Deal, digitalization and re industrialization"

    Ignacio Galán talked to television channel Telecinco about the EU Recovery Package, a new step forward that the executive considers "tremendously coherent" with the strategy followed by the European Commission for some time now, which advocates for transforming our economy into something far more sustainable by investing in renewable energies, reducing the requirement to buy in energy from outside and creating jobs and technology along the way. "In Europe we have an amazing opportunity to transform our productive sector and make it more efficient, competitive and cleaner," he said.

  • sub ARTICLE IN 'LA VANGUARDIA' Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    Green recovery for the new prosperity

    In an article in the La Vanguardia daily newspaper, the chairman of Iberdrola declares his conviction that “the return to activity is an essential prescription for mitigating the consequences of the coronavirus on the economy and on jobs.” Galán acknowledges the draft Climate Change bill approved by the Spanish government, which paves the way towards climate neutrality by 2050, as well as the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) sent to Brussels, but he wants it brought forward: "Let's be courageous and speed up its implementation to create mass, forward-looking employment from today."

  • sub CHOOSE RENEWABLE HYDROGEN Green hydrogen.

    We are asking the European Commission to back green hydrogen

    Iberdrola, together with other utilities, has joined the Choose Renewable Hydrogen initiative led by sponsors SolarPower Europe and WindEurope. In a letter addressed to the Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, the signatories are urging the Commission to take the necessary steps to maximise the potential of green hydrogen. Electrification will allow for the decarbonisation of the heating and road transport sectors, but others, such as heavy industry, long-distance haulage, aviation and shipping will have to opt for renewable hydrogen as the most cost-effective and sustainable solution for full-scale decarbonisation.


    "If we accelerate clean energy provision we could create 300,000 jobs immediately"

    In an interview with national newspaper El País, Iberdrola group chairman, Ignacio Galán, explained that "we will emerge from this crisis greener or not at all", an opinion shared by all European Union and United Nations leaders and participants in the forums in which he has taken part. "We need to invest and invest wisely to emerge from the crisis", he said.

  • sub FOR A #SUSTAINABLERECOVERY Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We call on the Spanish Congress to support a green and sustainable recovery to emerge from the crisis

    More than 240 figures from politics, civil society and business in Spain, including Ignacio Galán, the chairman of Iberdrola group, have sent a letter to the Congress of Deputies Committee for Social and Economic Reconstruction [PDF] asking that the stimulus measures to combat the COVID-19 crisis be aligned with sustainability policies and the European Green Deal. This manifesto is open to the public for adherence. The movement thus follows in the wake of the Alliance for a Green Recovery [PDF] launched recently at the European level.

  • sub SCIENCE BASED TARGETS Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    We support recovery plans in line with climate action

    A total of 155 large multinationals belonging to the Science Based Targets initiative — including Iberdrola — have issued a declaration [PDF] urging Governments and international political leaders to base post-COVID-19 recovery measures on "solid climate action”. The signatories are asking for priority to be given to "a quicker and fairer transition towards a green economy" and for the aim of achieving carbon neutrality to be reached well before 2050.

  • sub DAVOS FORUM VIRTUAL DEBATE Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    Galán argues that recovery must be in line with the transition to a low-carbon economy

    The chairman of Iberdrola group, Ignacio Galán, was invited to participate in a virtual roundtable organised by the World Economic Forum which discussed how the recovery plans could contribute to creating employment, boosting economies and making energy systems more modern, resilient and cleaner.

  • sub LETTER FROM THE ETC 7 prorities to help the global economy recover.

    We are the only Spanish company to sign up to the ETC's call for economic recovery

    The Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) has defined seven priorities to help the economy recover while helping to make society healthier, more resilient and climate neutral. The letter has been signed by 40 members [PDF], including Iberdrola, the only Spanish company that has signed up.

  • sub GECV MANIFESTO Spanish Green Growth Group.

    We call for a green economic recovery

    Spanish Green Growth Group (GECV), formed by Iberdrola and 49 other companies, has launched a manifesto calling for economic stimuli to overcome the COVID-19 crisis to be aligned with climate action and sustainability, in order to consolidate a sustainable, robust and prosperity generating growth path.


    "An ecological recovery is crucial as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis"

    Ignacio Galán showed his support for the first global report on the future of renewables (Global Renewables Outlook) by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which argues that the decarbonisation of the energy system will contribute to recovery in the short term and create more resilient and inclusive economies and societies.

  • sub MULTILATERAL INITIATIVES United Nations Global Compact.

    We join multilateral agencies and international alliances to advocate for the Green Recovery

    Iberdrola has actively participated in some of the initiatives launched by multilateral organisations and international alliances in favour of the Green Recovery, such as those promoted by the United Nations Global Compact and coalitions such as We Mean Business, Corporate Leaders Group and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.


    We are part of the European alliance to make the case for a green solution to the economic crisis caused by coronavirus

    Galán joins 180 other business leaders, political representatives, trade unions, NGOs and expert groups in this call to the European Union [PDF] to implement solutions that allow economies to overcome the recession hand in hand with the fight against climate change, in line with the European Green Deal.

  • sub RESULTS 1Q 2020 Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    Iberdrola accelerates its activity, contributing to the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

    The group has invested almost €10 billion since the beginning of 2019, has made purchases from suppliers worth €3.8 billion so far this year, has 8,500 new MW under construction and maintains its forecast of 5,000 contracts in 2020.

  • sub INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "The European Green Deal goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 will require significant investment"

    As Ignacio Galán explained to El Economista, “achieving climate neutrality is possible if we all play our part and move in the same direction.” In his view, one way of strengthening that commitment would be to impose higher taxes on those who pollute most.

  • sub DAVOS 2020 Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "Electrification will be a key factor in the success of the EU Green Deal"

    During his participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Galán said he is confident that this agreement will serve to streamline procedures when dealing with new infrastructure and reward those who are truly transforming their business model towards a green economy.

  • sub CLIMATE SUMMIT - COP25 Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "The climate emergency is an opportunity"

    In his speech at COP25, Ignacio Galán highlighted the European Commission's leadership on climate issues and the ambition of the Green Deal. "Urgent action is needed that should begin now," he said. "We must translate commitments and objectives into concrete actions and results".

  • sub PRESENTATION OF THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "The Green Deal demonstrates the EU's leadership in tackling one of the most serious and urgent problems the world faces"

    Coinciding with the presentation of the European Union's Green Deal, the chairman of Iberdrola group said he was confident that this agreement would be "the basis for regulation that would encourage investment and streamline procedures" to move towards a green economy.

  • sub CLIMATE WEEK NYC Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola.

    "The transition to a green economy is a great opportunity"

    During Climate Week NYC, Ignacio Galán stated that "Iberdrola has shown that doing things with respect for the environment is not against the interests of shareholders or workers, but rather for the benefit of society."




Energy transition.

We are 20 years ahead of the current energy transition

Iberdrola group is committed to a clean, reliable and smart business model which replaces production with polluting energy sources with clean energies.
Climate change.

Aligned with climate objectives

The company, which has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, has invested more than €100 billion in these 20 years to achieve a decarbonised energy model.
Renewable energy.

We invest in renewable energy and smart grids

Iberdrola continued to move ahead on its construction projects worldwide, which amount to more than 8,500 megawatts (MW) of capacity.
Sustainable mobility.

Driving sustainable mobility

As an effective way to combat climate change, the company is leading the transition to sustainable mobility and the electrification of transport.

At the cutting edge of digitalisation

Iberdrola group plans to invest 4.8 billion euros in digital transformation between 2018 and 2022 to improve the operation and maintenance of its assets.
Photovoltaic plant.

Leaders in green financing

With a total of 17 operations, for a value of 11.4 billion euros, issued up to April 2020, Iberdrola is an international reference model in green financing.

Committed to the SDGs

At Iberdrola we have incorporated the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals into our business strategy.
Circular economy.

The circular economy is our base

The group bases its sustainable business model on reducing emissions, improving efficiency and optimising resources.
Green transformation against coal.

We are committed to the green transformation against coal

The company has completed the closure of its coal plants and has proposed green transformation plans for the areas where its last two operating plants were located.




Develop fast and go green

In an exclusive article for SHAPES, Erik Solheim, former Executive Director of PNUMA, argues that, "for the first time, a new green development model is possible."

Decarbonizing through renewables

The electrification of transport and residential heating and obtaining electricity through renewable energies will be the key factors in decarbonising the European economy by 2050.
Green Recovery measures.

Green Recovery measures

Governments, legislators, organisations and companies are planning a green recovery after COVID-19.
European Green Deal.

European Green Deal

The European Union's Green Deal sets out a strategic roadmap with concrete milestones that places the green transition at the centre of political action.
Mitigating and adaptating.

Mitigating and adapting to climate change

Climate change is a threat to the future of our planet, but there is still time for us to adapt to it and mitigate its effects.
Green hydrogen.

Green hydrogen

Decarbonising the planet is one of the goals that countries around the world have set for 2050. To achieve this, green hydrogen is one of the keys.
Green jobs.

Green jobs

The transition to a decarbonised economy is an engine of economic growth with the potential to create millions of green jobs.
Environmental taxes.

Environmental taxes

They are based on the principle that the polluter pays and taxes those behaviours that are harmful to the health of the planet.
Sustainable urban development.

Sustainable urban development

The UN's New Urban Agenda calls for more sustainable, inclusive and liveable cities. One way to achieve this is the eco-neighbourhoods.
Responsible consumption.

Responsible consumption

We will show you five everyday practices that you thought were harmless, or even ecological, but that cause considerable damage to the environment.
Food sustainability.

Food sustainability

Organic products, foodtech and reducing food waste are some of the ingredients for a more sustainable diet.
Biodegradable clothes.

Biodegradable clothes

The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry. Biodegradable clothing is one of the industry's main undertakings to promote sustainability.
Reducing plastic consumption.

Advices for reducing your plastic consumption

Minimising the consumption of plastics is simple and can change your life and the planet.

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What is the Green Recovery and what exactly does it consist of?

The situation arising from the international advance of COVID-19 has highlighted the fragility of our society in the face of global threats. A lesson learned that has made the need to address climate change more pressing than ever, since this phenomenon, the main risk the world will face in the coming years, will cause economic and social shocks of even greater magnitude than that caused by coronavirus. Rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, overexploitation of natural resources, deforestation, pollution of the air and oceans, natural disasters, climate migration and increased conflicts are just some of the problems that global warming will generate or aggravate.

Against this background, the idea that the recovery will either be green or it will not happen is prevailing. The concept of Green Recovery involves aligning economic recovery measures with the achievement of long-term climate change and sustainability goals, lthereby achieving a drive towards a socio-economic model that is sustainable for the planet, more resilient to future shocks and more inclusive.

Committed to this vision, various agents, including Iberdrola, are opting for green stimulus policies in line with climate objectives as the basis for the economic recovery programmes to be developed worldwide. The Green Recovery could have numerous advantages over a more traditional approach; as demonstrated by a report led by the University of Oxford, which states that green stimulus policies generate more jobs, produce higher short-term returns and lead to a greater long-term multiplier effect than traditional ones.

What is the European Green Recovery alliance?

The European Green Recovery alliance is an alliance of a wide range of actors at European level that is signed by ministers, MPs from all parties, CEOs, NGOs, academics, etc. and driven by Pascal Canfin (European Parliament). It advocates defining and implementing green economic recovery packages to act as accelerators of the transition towards climate neutrality and healthy ecosystems.

How are the principles of Green Recovery being applied in Europe?

The principles of green recovery are part of the main political projects in the European Union. The European Commission has reiterated its determination to establish the European Green Deal as the roadmap for a long-term green recovery. Many European countries, including Spain, France, Germany, Italy, and Ireland, have also declared themselves in favour of aligning economic recovery programmes with climate action goals.

In Spain, policy proposals are being put forward to move towards meeting climate targets. For example, the Government has proposed a Climate Change and Energy Transition Law that aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and incorporates ambitious intermediate targets for emissions, renewables and improved energy efficiency.

What can businesses do to support a coordinated Green Recovery process?

Companies can support this process through their investments and business activities in general by developing and even boosting their investment plans in business solutions aligned with climate and sustainability objectives, for example, by investing heavily in renewable energies or transport electrification. Additionally, as part of civil society, companies can publicly support green economic recovery frameworks through statements and campaigns.

How can citizens support Green Recovery?

Citizens are increasingly aware of all the challenges affecting society, although there is still some way to go in terms of information and awareness. One example of the support for green recovery frameworks has been the recent launch of the Manifesto for Sustainable Recovery, to which a broad cross-section of Spanish society (culture, universities, politics, business, NGOs, etc.) has adhered.

How can renewable energies contribute to the post-COVID-19 economic recovery?

The principles of a green recovery are based on aligning economic recovery measures with the achievement of medium and long-term climate change mitigation and sustainability goals.

Renewable energies combine both. Currently, they employ more than 11 million people worldwide and are a key sector in the decarbonisation of the economy and the achievement of climate goals. The current project portfolio would make it possible to accelerate investments and increase projects in the short term.

The sector is undergoing a technological revolution and cost reductions and technical improvements are making renewables increasingly competitive, so that accelerating these investments requires less support from budgets. Additionally, by investing in indigenous sources of generation such as wind and solar energy, the dependence on foreign energy is reduced, which results in significant improvements in the external balance and creates a sustainable industrial fabric for the future. Also, by displacing more polluting technologies, investment in renewable energies will improve air quality levels and as a result, health.