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17 global Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world.

Iberdrola has incorporated the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations for the 2015-2030 horizon into the company's strategy and its Sustainability Policy. These goals are ambitious and universal. They are a call to action to all countries and all types of organisations and institutions to tackle the greatest environmental, social and economic challenges threatening the future of the planet. Companies play a role in achieving the targets set in each one of these 17 goals.

Sustainable development goals: 17 goals to transform our world. 1. No provery. 2. Zero hunger. 3. Good health and weel-being. 4. Quality education. 5. Gender equality.

In line with its activity, Iberdrola focuses its efforts on an affordable and non-contaminating energy supply (goal 7) and action for the climate (goal 13). In addition, the Group contributes directly to ensuring clean water and sanitation (goal 6), has increased the investment in R&D&I activities (goal 9), promotes the respect for the life of land ecosystems (goal 15) and works for create partnerships to achieve these goals (goal 17). The company also has an indirect input into all the other Sustainable Development Goals. Iberdrola's contribution to the social and economic development of the communities in which it operates and its protection of the environment is implemented through its sustainable energy business model.

Iberdrola's Corporate International Volunteering Programme is also aligned with the SDG. It focuses its efforts on goal 7, 13, 3, 4 and 10.

Iberdrola and the Club for Excellence in Sustainability have organised the second edition of the International Energy Cooperation Awards, with the collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. These awards, created in 2015, give recognition to the most important international energy cooperation initiatives carried out by the companies and public administrations that demonstrate an active commitment to the universalisation of energy, in other words to the attainment of the 7th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which is aimed at guaranteeing affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Check the terms and conditions [PDF] and participate.

Furthermore, the company attended the Making Global Goals Local Business event recently, one of the most important annual events of the United Nations, which gathered almost 300 employees of leading global sustainable companies and organisations in New Delhi.

The event was held in New Delhi, where Iberdrola participated actively in seminars, kick-off meetings, sessions discussing strategy, etc., highlighting its experience as a global company that has interiorised the need to achieve the climate goals as part of its growth strategy. In addition, the company contributed to the creation of a global solution platform, with its electric vehicle as a sustainable mobility solution.


  • Goal 7: affordable and non-polluting energy

    Description and context

    • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all.
    • Substantially increase the percentage of renewable energy in the mix.
    • Double the improvement rate of energy efficiency worldwide.

    Iberdrola's contribution

  • Goal 13: action for the climate

    Description and context

    • Adopt urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects.
    • The decarbonisation of the economy implies electrification and an increase in renewable energies.
    • The electricity sector is spearheading the elimination of CO2 emissions.
    • Shift towards energy generation technologies with low CO2 emissions.

    Iberdrola's contribution

    • The company's CO2 emissions are already 70% below the average for the European electricity sector (Continental Europe, 2015).
    • Iberdrola has undertaken to reduce the intensity of its emissions in 2030 by 50% compared to its 2007 level.
    • Iberdrola sponsors the "Combating Climate Change" Volunteer Programme, a revolutionary experience that seeks to raise the awareness of youngsters - aged 18 to 30 - and make sure they participate in volunteering projects that focus on Climate Action Goal 13.


  • Goal 6: clean water and sanitation

    Description and context

    • Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
    • The substitution of less efficient conventional thermal (coal and oil-fired) technologies with renewable energies and combined cycles has led to a decrease in water consumption per GWh.

     Iberdrola's contribution

    • The Group consumed 61% less water by sales in 2016 than all the other utilities.
    • Objective: maintain this rate at 50% of the European average in the coming five years.
    • The company is a part of the United Nations' CEO Water Mandate to encourage sustainable practices in the use of water.
    • It has been part of CDP Water since its first edition.


  • Goal 9: industry, innovation and infrastructure

    Iberdrola was the fourth energy company worldwide in terms of R+D+i investment, with a total of 211 million euros.

  • Goal 15: life in terrestrial ecosystems

    Description and context

    • Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

    Iberdrola's contribucion

    • The company runs biodiversity protection programmes in the countries where it operates.
    • Iberdrola is not present in areas affected by water stress.
    • It is a member of the Biodiversity Pact, promoted by the Biodiversity Foundation with the aim of highlighting the Company's commitment to conserving the environment and the sustainable use of biodiversity.
  • Goal 17: partnerships to achieve targets

    Description and context

    • Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

    Iberdrola's contribucion

    • Iberdrola is a member of and/or takes part in programmes and initiatives both at the global level and in the different countries where it operates.
  • Contribution to economic and social development

    Goal 1: End poverty*

    Iberdrola has signed agreements with government bodies and NGOs to prevent interrupting power supplies to customers in a situation of vulnerability. The agreements now cover 90% of customers.

    Goal 3: Good health and well-being

    The company has set a target of zero accidents. To achieve this target and to promote better safety conditions in the workplace it has a strategic plan for Occupational Health and Safety.

    Goal 4: Quality education*

    The Group's contribution to this goal is materialised through the investment of 6 million euros in training, masters and doctoral scholarships in Spanish and international universities, the promotion of training for employees, with 46 hours of training per employee in 2016, corporate volunteering projects, and the work of its various foundations.

    Goal 5: Gender equality*

    Iberdrola pursues over 70 leading practices in its policy for balancing family and professional life, and has a policy for equal opportunity and work-life balance [PDF].

    Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth*

    The global value created by Iberdrola's strategy and business model leads to social and economic development over time:

    • 31,000 direct jobs.
    • 288,000 jobs1 around the world.
    • 5.75 billion euros2 in tax contributions.
    • 9.88 billion euros awarded in purchases.
    • 4.26 billion euros invested.

    Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production*

    90% of Iberdrola's energy production uses local energy sources available in the actual country where the electricity is generated.

    *Figures at the close of the Fiscal Year 2016.
    1 According to PwC, based on Iberdrola's activity in 2015, Jobs worldwide include indirect and induced impact.
    2 Including company due taxes and collected taxes.


Iberdrola has donated 10 electric bicycles to the Ciudad Escuela Muchachos (CEMU) School as part of its collaboration framework with Ayuda en Acción, with the purpose of raising the awareness of children on the importance of climate change. The bicycles were used in the expeditions of the Paris and Marrakech Climate Summits and will now be owned by children.

Likewise, the Company has organised a series of talks in schools to raise the awareness of children on the effects of climate change, which will be given by the best possible teachers: members of the Iberdrola's team of professionals.

The project has received a very positive response from the Company's employees and over 9,800 students (aged 6 to 14 and in 18 Spanish provinces) have already participated in this awareness-raising activity and are part of Iberdrola's Club of Climate Change Heroes.

Iberdrola has also participated in My clean world. The theater play is aimed at helping children become familiar with the 17 SDGs, raising some of the following questions: What is climate change? What is CO2? And what are renewable energies?

All of these questions are answered throughout the adventure represented in the play, in which children start to learn about such important realities as sustainable development, the urgent need to fight against climate change and the need to look after our planet.