Commitment to an ambitious and urgent climate action
The fight against climate change has been the main driver behind a strategy of profitable growth, which has led us to invest more than 100 billion euros in these two decades, with the aim of achieving a decarbonised energy model.
Iberdrola groups goals of emission reduction.
Iberdrola has set itself the target of reducing the intensity of CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to 2007. It expects its emissions intensity to be practically zero in Europe by 2030, and to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Iberdrola has similarly set itself a global target of reducing emissions in its scopes 1, 2 and 3. This was recognised in 2019 as a Science Based Target.
We are moving towards carbon neutrality
As a strategic pillar for its achievement, we are working according to the group's investment plan, which is supported by innovation initiatives aimed at decarbonising the energy mix, increasing its resilience and consolidating the company's leadership in renewable energy, smart grids, efficient storage and clean technologies.
Iberdrola group, against climate change.
- 65.8 million tonnes of CO2 avoided(1)
- 77% of the owned installed capacity is emission-free
- 70% of the owned installed capacity is from renewable energies
- 100 billion euros invested in renewables since 2001
- 32,350 MW owned capacity in renewables
- 34 billion euros between 2018 and 2022 (47% for smart grids and 39% for renewable energy)
- 15 coal- and oil-fired power stations closed
- 11.4 billion euros in green bonds between 2014 and 2020
- 3 billion euros invested in East Anglia ONE to improve the penetration of renewables
(1) During the last three years
Data at the close of the First quarter 2020.
With an emission-free production of 79 % at the close of the First quarter 2020, the Iberdrola group has a CO2 emission intensity amongst the lowest of all energy companies at home and abroad. Find out more about our emissions in the greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
We manage the risks and opportunities of climate change
Iberdrola was one of the first companies to publicly commit itself to implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) in its public reports for 2020. In 2017 the company created a multidisciplinary internal working group which coordinates all the work carried out on this matter, reporting in a specific section of its 2019 Statement of Non-financial Information (and other annual public documents) on the progress made and its alignment with each of the four thematic areas into which the eleven TCFD recommendations are structured.
In addition, the Iberdrola group has participated, together with other electricity companies, in a report promoted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on the disclosure of financial information on climate change aligned with the TCFD in the electricity sector.
In 2018, the company Board of Directors undertook a major reform of the Corporate Governance System to reinforce the group's commitment to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, especially numbers 7 — affordable and clean energy — and 13 — climate action —. The Board also reviews the Group's Policy against climate change, and the long-term incentive plan proposed by the Board of Directors at the 2020 General Shareholders' Meeting, includes, among other things, targets linked to the fight against climate change.
Among other functions, the Board's Sustainable Development Committee is responsible for reviewing aspects related to climate change and is regularly informed in this regard.
Climate change is a key element in defining the company's strategy. Iberdrola is addressing it not only as a risk factor, but also as an opportunity for growth through mitigation and adaptation actions during the transition to a low carbon economy.
Iberdrola has analysed its strategy regarding different future climate scenarios, demonstrating that the group's business model is generally adequate to face the challenges arising from the energy transition, as well as the physical impact of climate change.
To face the first of these, transition, the group is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the opportunities arising from the energy transition thanks to its leadership in renewable energy, smart grids, storage systems and also digitisation, all key in the transition to a climate-resilient, low-carbon economy.
In the case of the second, the physical impacts of the main climate threats and the increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and based on the studies carried out, as they are chronic and progressive impacts, they will occur over the coming decades over relatively long periods, so they will be managed in accordance with the degree of adaptation and resilience of the different facilities. Furthermore, Iberdrola has policies, plans, technology and predictive systems to minimise the impact of events. One outstanding example is MeteoFlow, an integrated system to predict weather variables which, as part of its continuous improvement, has incorporated the forecasting of extreme weather phenomena among its functions, allowing emergency plans to be set up and better management of maintenance equipment in any type of renewable facility.
However, given the constant evolution of science and the uncertainty associated with climate projection studies and their impacts, the analysis must be furthered and deepened in order to quantify the possible impacts and establish the adaptation measures, if necessary.
The group's risk control and management system considers and monitors the risks derived from climate change, which can be grouped into:
- Physical: possible material impacts on installations.
- Transitional: associated with the process of global decarbonisation (regulatory changes, market prices, technological, reputational, etc.).
- Others: such as risks to the supply chain and social phenomena.
The identification, analysis and management of risks is approached with a multi-departmental approach, in which both corporate and business functions collaborate. The risks derived from climate change were identified and assessed with the support of experts in the field to estimate the risks derived from the main threats identified, among which extreme weather phenomena stand out, as well as the possible variability of the renewable resource.
Based on the best knowledge available, Iberdrola's solid ability to adapt can be affirmed, due, among other factors, to the great diversification of its assets, its proven capacity and experience over the years, and its consideration of climate change as a manageable risk, which implies that new investments can be made on more resilient assets.
Metrics and targets
Iberdrola includes relevant indicators relating to climate and its strategy to combat climate change in its Statement of Non-Financial Information 2019 [PDF] and in the 2019 Integrated Report. These include indicators on its greenhouse gas emissions inventory, emissions intensity, reduction objectives, energy use, energy intensity, the energy mix, installed renewable capacity, water use, the origin of its water, R&D&i and investment in developing low emissions products, services and/or technology.