SDG 13: CLIMATE ACTION

Iberdrola commits to carbon neutrality by 2050

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In the context of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Iberdrola group focuses primarily on compliance with SDG 13, climate action, making an active, determined contribution to a sustainable, low-carbon future to fight against climate change. We have therefore set ourselves the target of reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 with respect to 2017 levels and being carbon neutral by 2050 on a global scale.

OUR CONTRIBUTION TO SDG 13: CLIMATE ACTION

 The company's CO2 emissions are already two thirds lower than those of our European competitors1.

 Iberdrola has committed to achieving to carbon neutrality by 2050 on a global scale.

 Iberdrola plans to close all its coal-fired power stations.

 The largest wind farm in Iberdrola's history is East Anglia ONE, in British waters in the North Sea.

 A total of 79 % of the group's installed power comes from emissions-free sources, accounting for 37,037 MW of clean energy2.

 Iberdrola has joined the first observatory in Spain to promote the use of electric vehicles and expand sustainable mobility.

1 Data from the Sustainability Report 2019 [PDF].

2 Data at the close of the Nine months 2020.
 

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THE IBERDROLA GROUP AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

  • 65.8 million tons of CO2 avoided in the last three years1
  • 79 % of the total installed capacity is emission-free2
  • 72 % of the total installed capacity is from renewable energies2
  • 100 billion euros invested in renewables since 20012
  • Over 33,700 MW of own capacity in renewables2
  • 34 billion euros between 2018 and 2022 (47% in smart networks and 39% in renewable energies)2
  • 17 coal and oil-fired power stations closed2
  • 11.4 billion euros in green bonds between 2014 and 20202
  • 3 billion euros invested in East Anglia ONE to improve the penetration of renewables2

1 Data from the Sustainability Report 2019 [PDF].

2 Data at the close of the Nine months 2020.

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Climate change.

Iberdrola group's commitment to the environment

The electricity sector plays a key role to limit the rise in the planet's temperature to below 2 ºC and to tackle the climate emergency.
Clean energies.

We are 20 years ahead of the current energy transition

The group is committed to a business model which replaces production that uses polluting energy sources with clean energies.
Carbon footprint.

What is the carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint represents the total volume of greenhouse gases produced by economic and routine human activities.
Green hydrogen.

Green hydrogen to protect the planet

Hydrogen extracted from renewable sources is the key to achieving the decarbonisation of the planet and meeting climate goals by 2050.

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 13: CLIMATE ACTION?

SDG 13 focuses on the need to adopt urgent measures to stop climate change, which is affecting every country in the world. Among these measures we can highlight improving resilience and capacity to adapt to climate-related risks, including actions regarding climate change in governments' policies and strategies and improving education and awareness.

WHY IS SDGS 13: CLIMATE ACTION SO IMPORTANT?

According to the fifth IPCC evaluation report, between 1880 and 2012 the average temperature on Earth increased by 0.85 ºC, while between 2030 and 2052 this increase will be 1.5 ºC and between 3 and 5 by the end of the century. Also, the sea level rose by 19 centimetres between 1901 and 2010 and the Arctic is losing 1.07 million km2 of ice every decade.

At the same time, greenhouse gas (GG) levels in the atmosphere have been rising gradually since the Industrial Revolution, and have now reached a worrying level of more than 400 parts per million (ppm), according to 2019 figures published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This body warns that this is a rising trend. The last time that the planet had a similar concentration of CO2 was between three and five million years ago, before humans even existed.

All this data suggests that the Earth's weather patterns are changing and human activity is largely responsible. Climate change has a negative impact on the environment, the economy, human well-being and communities and, if we do not act fast, the consequences will be devastating for life and for the development of our planet. In fact, extreme weather events and rising sea levels are already affecting the most vulnerable people living in developing countries. By acting now we can promote economic growth, eradicate extreme poverty and improve people's health and well-being.

Reversing this trend is only achievable via worldwide action and by tackling the problem forcefully from all angles. It is for this reason that taking urgent action to combat climate change was made SDG 13 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September 2015 as part of Agenda 2030.

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KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE

WHO DOES IT AFFECT?1

Natural disasters cause 60,000 deaths annually, of which more than half are children.

Every year 3.7 million people die due to air pollution.

Currently, 30 % of the world's population is exposed to death from heat waves and by 2100 this could reach 74 %. It is predicted that between 2030 and 2050 a total of 250,000 people will die as a result of climate change.

HOW IS THIS DISTRIBUTED AROUND THE WORLD?2

The 10 countries most affected by climate change are concentrated in Asia / Pacific region (70 %) and, to a lesser extent, in the Caribbean (30 %).

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MAIN CAUSES

The increase in the Earth's average temperature and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is due to human activity: deforestation, factory construction, burning of fossil fuels, and agricultural and livestock activities that use fertilisers and other chemicals.

HOW CAN WE PUT AN END TO IT?

Companies must improve their energy efficiency and increase investment into developing low-carbon products and services. Citizens need to use non-polluting vehicles; opt for renewable energies and the electricity sector; and campaign for environmentally friendly policies and a low-carbon economy.

 

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To strengthen the international response to the real and global threat of climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annually holds a Conference of the Parties (COP) attended by around 200 countries. The COP is the most important worldwide initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and slowing global warming. Since the signing of the historic Paris Agreement (COP 21), which came into force in November 2016, countries have been working to limit our planet's temperature increase to less than 2°C.

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SDG 13 GOALS: CLIMATE ACTION

Within SDG 13, the specific goals from here to 2030 are as follows:

  • Strengthen the resilience and capacity to adapt to climate-related risks and natural disasters in all countries.
  • Incorporate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and plans.
  • Improve education, awareness and human and institutional capacities relating to climate change, mitigation and early warning.
  • Promote mechanisms to enhance the capacity for effective climate change planning and management in the least developed countries.

In this regard, communities must work towards a low-carbon economy, where renewable energies and the electricity sector have a crucial role. Decarbonisation of the economy is vital to halt climate change, and this can only be achieved with clear investment in electrification and clean energies.