ENERGY SAVING AND EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency allows smart and innovative energy production and consumption and is one of the key factors in the fight against climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. Iberdrola Group seeks to optimise energy consumption throughout the whole energy chain, including production, transport, distribution, and final use. Iberdrola also promotes more efficient energy consumption amongst consumers, through information, training and providing solutions and technology to help them to become more energy efficient and reduce the environmental impact of their energy habits and consumption.
The Group considers energy efficiency from a threefold perspective:
- As an electric utility, it looks to increase energy efficiency by introducing the latest power generation, transport and distribution technology and equipment, and to reduce auxiliary consumption and the consumption of cooling water. To produce energy two main materials are required: fuel and water for cooling. The 94% of Iberdrola production is using local sources of energy, available in the country where the electricity is generated. Our goal is to maintain this indicator above 80% during the next five years.
- As an electricity supplier, it aims to contribute to a more efficient use of energy amongst consumers, informing and training users and providing solutions to help them become more energy efficient and reduce the environmental impact of their energy habits and consumption. It also promotes and develops energy efficient buildings.
- As an energy-consuming company, Iberdrola focuses on the ongoing improvement of energy efficiency across its operations (offices and buildings, vehicles, water, mobility, employee awareness, etc).
INITIATIVES, PROJECTS AND ACTIONS
Iberdrola works on projects that focus especially on developing cost-cutting and energy efficient solutions: examples include Marinel to build offshore substations, Leanwind to reduce offshore technology costs, and SmartWind, to create models and simulations to use wind farm storage sites.
Iberdrola continues to implement energy efficiency measures in its buildings and offices around the world. It works on enhancing the performance of climate control (heating and cooling), thermal insulation and lighting in buildings, and the automation of related facilities.
A reduction of 76,000 GJ with the implementation of these measures, in comparison to the previous year.
At Iberdrola we work continuously on the development of new products and services that favour efficiency, energy saving and protection of the environment.
Thanks to these initiatives, in 2017, more than 800,000 customers in Spain and Portugal have enjoyed products and services that increase energy efficiency. It is important to note that the company launched the Smart Irrigation product in 2017, which allows users to program and control irrigation systems in residential environments more efficiently. This product is complementary to other products launched in previous years, such as smart thermostats, electric meters that can break down the consumption of the main domestic appliances, etc.
These are added to previous initiatives such as Plan de Movilidad Verde, which promotes the use of electric vehicles by staff, Smart Solar and Hogar Inteligente, both aimed at the improvement of energy consumption via the use of solar technology and the control heating Planes a Tu Medida, which aims to offer the best rate for each profile and the application PowerUp, (launched by the British subsidiary ScottishPower) which allows customers to purchase gas and electricity with their mobile according to their needs and forecast.
ELECTRIC ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE