We invest our energy in building a sustainable future

In the Iberdrola group we have embraced the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, which have been approved by the UN in September 2015, as part of our business strategy and our Corporate Governance System.


The SDGs, part of the Iberdrolas group business strategy.#RRSSThe SDGs, part of the Iberdrola's group business strategy.

In line with our activity, the Iberdrola group is focusing its efforts on supplying affordable and clean energy (goal 7) and fighting against climate change (goal 13). It has created a specific long-term incentive plan to achieve this. In addition, the group makes a direct contribution to guarantee clean water and sanitation (goal 6), has increased its investment in R&D activities (goal 9), promotes the respect to life on land (goal 15) and works to establish partnerships for the goals (goal 17). The company also makes an indirect contribution to all other Sustainable Development Goals and has launched the first credit line with a sustainable indicator to achieve them. The group's contribution to social and economic development of the communities in which it operates and to protect the environment is articulated through its sustainable energy business model.

Likewise, Iberdrola's International Corporate Volunteering program is in line with the SDGs and mainly focuses on goals no. 3, 4, 7, 10 and 13. This program has won the Innovation Award 2018 from the IMPACT2030 network in the Private Sector. Activation category. The company has been recognised for being "an enterprise that innovates to educate, inspire and unite employees around the SDGs in their community, and offers them opportunities to become agents of change and make an impact".

The Iberdrola group has also participated in the implementation of the SDG Evaluation Tool, developed by Trucost, a leader in carbon and environmental data and risk analysis, to help enable companies to identify business risks and opportunities aligned with the SDGs.

 SEE INFOGRAPHIC SUMMARY: The SDGs, part of the Iberdrola's group business strategy [PDF]


  • 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

    • Iberdrola positioned as one of the utilities with the best water productivity (revenues/water used).(1) Nota
    • Objective: maintain this rate above 50% in the coming 5 years.
    • The company endorses the United Nations' CEO Water Mandate to encourage sustainable practices in the use of water.
    • It has endorsed CDP Water since its first edition.
    • The Iberdrola group makes every effort to use water rationally and sustainably and tackle the risks related with its scarcity.

     Iberdrola and the clean water and sanitation


    (1) Nota According to Global 100's classification among a selection of main utilities.

  • Goal 7: affordable and clean 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

    • Electricity for all program: 5,400,000 beneficiaries in total (2018) and objective to triple them by 2030.
    • World leader in wind power: 16,2 GW of installed capacity in 2018.
    • Energy efficiency: 59.4 million tons of CO2 emissions prevented in the last three years.
    • Avangrid will build a wind farm for Apple, start to operate in the Massachusetts offshore wind farm and has signed its second largest contract with Nike for the supply of wind power; in this case, 86 MW supplied by a wind farm in Texas.
    • Start of the East Anglia THREE offshore wind power project and commissioning of the Wikinger offshore wind farm in Germany.
    • Joint investment in Iluméxico with Engie: Iberdrola was one of the successful bidders of the Agreement for the Rural Electrification of Mexico with 30,000 facilities for 2019. In the first tender in 2017, Iluméxico became the successful bidder, with 1,200 facilities.
    • ScottishPower Renewables has reached a wind power capacity of 2 GW in the United Kingdom.
    • A pioneer in Socially Responsible Investments, it has become the largest corporate issuer of green bonds in the world, with 8 bond issues for over 6,000 million euros, which will be mainly invested in renewable energy projects.

     Iberdrola and the affordable and clean energy

  • Goal 9: industry, innovation and infrastructure

    Description and context

    • Develop reliable, sustainable, resilient and quality infrastructures.
    • Drive an inclusive and sustainable industrialisation process and significantly increase the contribution of industry to job creation.
    • Increase scientific research and improve the technological capacity of industrial sectors.

    Iberdrola's contribution

    • Iberdrola is the most innovative Spanish utility, the third in Europe and the fourth in the world with the largest volume of resources allocated to R&D. In 2018, R&D investment totalled 267 million euros.
    • World leaders in smart grids. Progress made in the STAR projects in Spain and in the SMART UK project in the United Kingdom.
    • Iberdrola Sustainable Mobility Plan, with over 20 measures.
    • Promotion of the Provider innovation program to drive the joint creation of companies and facilitate access to funding mechanisms.
    • 2022 Digital Plan: 4,800 million euros.

     Iberdrola and industry, innovation and infrastructure

  • Goal 13: climate action

    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 57% below the industry average in the European electrical sector (European assets of the main utilities 2017).
    • Iberdrola has undertaken to have virtually zero emissions in Europe by 2030 and to become carbon neutral globally by 2050.
    • Iberdrola has set out to close all of its coal-fired power plants.
    • The largest photovoltaic power station built by Iberdrola in the world can be found in Mexico.
    • Iberdrola joins the first observatory in Spain to promote the use of the electric vehicle and make sustainable mobility a widespread reality.

     Iberdrola and the climate action

  • Goal 15: life on land

    Description and context

    • Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of land ecosystems, manage forests with a sustainable approach, combat desertification, and stop and reverse land degradation and stop biodiversity loss.

    Iberdrola's contribucion

    • The company runs biodiversity protection programs in the countries in which it operates. Over the next two years, the company will adapt 25,000 supports on distribution lines to protect birds from electrocution.
    • It is a member of the Biodiversity Pact, promoted by the Biodiversity Foundation with the aim of highlighting the Company's commitment to preserving the environment and the sustainable use of biodiversity.
    • Iberdrola obtains the first AENOR certificate for its Corporate Environmental Footprint.
    • Iberdrola Mexico receives PROFEPA's Environmental Excellence award thanks to its effort in the Garrapatas Estuary (Altamira III and IV Combined Cycle Plants) and Feline Support projects (Altamira III and IV and Altamira V).

     Iberdrola and marine life and life in terrestrial ecosystems

  • Goal 17: partnerships to achieve targets

    Description and context

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

    Iberdrola's contribution

    • Iberdrola is a member of and/or takes part in programs and initiatives both at the global level and in the different countries in which it operates. In Spain, for example, it is part of the G2020 Platform.
    • Corporate volunteering campaign: The SDGs and me.
    • Iberdrola renews its support to the Women's Universe program of the Higher Council for Sport, by means of sponsoring 16 Spanish federations. Likewise, the Women, Health and Sport Tour initiative includes events held in different Spanish cities to promote women's sport.
    • A total of 85% of suppliers have ISO 14001 environmental certification.
    • Iberdrola joins the youth initiative of the UN's Spanish Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Youth).

    Partnerships with the academic world

    • The Chair for the Sustainable Development Goals, at the Centre for Innovation in Technologies for Human Development, of the Technical University of Madrid (itdUPM), is a strategic tool used to address the challenges of the international sustainability agenda. This chair is configured as a shared learning space and a means to support the implementation of the SDGs in Iberdrola.
    • Iberdrola held the I Iberoamerican Conference on the SDG in collaboration with the University of Salamanca, and the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
    • Public-private collaboration with the Basque Government on environmental affairs.
    • More than 150 alliances in Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Brazil and Mexico, with direct impact on more than 200,000 people in the battle against child poverty, autonomy of people with disabilities and serious diseases with special focus on vulnerable groups; children and young people.
  • Contribution to economic and social development

    Goal 1: No poverty*

    Iberdrola has signed agreements with public administrations and NGOs to prevent interrupting power supplies to customers in a situation of vulnerability. The agreements now cover 100% of customers in vulnerable situations in Spain. In the United Kingdom, the company has the Warm Home Discount and, in the United States, it has Operation Fuel.

    New edition of the Social Program: in 2019, the company will work closely with 54 social entities, benefiting over 80,000 people through an investment of €1.5 million.

     Iberdrola and the end of poverty

    Goal 2: Zero hunger

    Iberdrola succeeded in gathering more than 6,000 kilos of food through Operation Kilo, a programme launched in 2012. The food has been distributed to different families through welfare organisations in Spain, Portugal and Mexico. The company encourages volunteering to distribute the food to vulnerable families, charity canteens, etc.

    Goal 3: Good health and well-being

    The company has set a target of zero accidents. It has a designed and implemented a Strategic Occupational Health and Safety Plan to achieve this target and to promote better safety conditions at the workplace.

     Iberdrola and the universal health

    Goal 4: Quality education*

    The company's contribution to this goal is materialised through the investment of 2.2 million euros in the research grant and scholarship program for the 2018-2019 academic year, in addition to promoting corporate training, with 45 hours of training per employee in 2018, in addition to its corporate volunteering projects, and the work of its foundations.

     Iberdrola and the quality education

    Goal 5: Gender equality*

    Iberdrola pursues over 70 leading practices in its work-life balance policies and an Equal Opportunity and Reconciliation Policy. The company supports the Universe Women Higher Council of Sports, driving Spanish women's sports federations.

     Iberdrola and the gender equality

    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:

    • 33,747 direct jobs.
    • 400,000 direct and indirect jobs(1) around the world.
    • €7,111 M in tax contributions(2) in 2017.
    • €7,753 M in purchases in 2018.
    • More than €32,000 M impact on GDP of countries where the company operates.
    • The world's largest issuer of green bonds, with almost 9,000 million euros invested, mainly in projects with renewables.

    Iberdrola and decent work

    Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production*

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

    Iberdrola was the first company listed in the IBEX 35 to certify its General Shareholders' Meeting as a sustainable event in 2016, in compliance with the ISO 20121 international standard.

     Iberdrola and sustainable cities and communities

    *Data at the close of 2017.
    (1) According to PwC, jobs worldwide, including indirect jobs and induced impact, based on Iberdrola's activity during 2016.
    (2) Includes own taxes and collected taxes.


 Sustainable Management Policy

 Sustainable Development Policy


Iberdrola was the only private company invited to participate in the last meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), whose mission is to monitor the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The company participated in several working groups of the event, called "Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality", which analysed the status and global progress of six of the 17 Development Goals Sustainable.


Iberdrola has been recognised as a United Nations Global Compact LEAD participant company for its continued commitment to this initiative and to the UN's 10 principles for a responsible business activity. The group joined the Global Compact in 2002 and in 2004 became a constituent member of the Global Compact Association of Spain (ASEPAM), now called Red Española del Pacto Mundial (Spanish Global Compact Network).

To mark the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the approval of the SDGs — which took place on 25 September 2019 —, Iberdrola has joined the campaign #aliadosdelosODS (allied with the SDGs), promoted by the Red Española del Pacto Mundial to foster the knowledge and dissemination of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals outlined in Agenda 2030.

All the members of the Red Española del Pacto Mundial must complete an annual public progress report. These reports, including the one from Iberdrola, are available on the Global Compact website. As a member, the company has been collaborating in different activities for over a decade, and these efforts have been recognised by the organisation.


Iberdrola, in partnership with financial daily Cinco días, have organised the SDG Observatory, a series of meetings that will analyse the way in which the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be transformed into tangible realities that would benefit society and generate opportunities for the change of model.

During these seminars the 17 SDGs will be individually reviewed and the assessment of each of them and which decisions must be taken in the medium and long term to achieve a realistic balanced growth of the companies will be identified, as shall the distribution of these goals in the 2030 Agenda.


The SDGs are a unique opportunity, both to better respond to the changing expectations and aspirations of the society in which we live and to develop strategies and innovative business models adapted to a world undergoing profound changes.

They were born on September 25, 2015, when world leaders adopted a set of global goals to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific objectives that must be met by 2030.

  SEE INFOGRAPHIC SUMMARY: Main goals of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 [PDF]

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Iberdrola, through its foundation in Spain, has presented the book The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs: New architecture for security [PDF]. The work includes a multi-faceted analysis vital in the globalised world with its underdeveloped geopolitical regions. In this partnership, Iberdrola is demonstrating its commitment to the SDGs, the fight against climate change and to policies of gender equality through women's empowerment.


Figures taken from the Sustainability Report 2018 [PDF].