Positive impact on the organisation

The Iberdrola group's Environmental Management System is standardised, objective, comprehensive and applicable to all the activities within the value chain.

Environmental management systems: Positive impact: minimised environmental risks, making the most of synergies, employee training and awareness, training for suppliers, external image, investment analysts as a socialy responsible company.

Iberdrola has a Global Environmental Management System that includes the partial certifications existing at the different business. This management system affords very positive aspects, including:

  • Minimised environmental risks, thus improving the company's environmental management in line with its commitment to environmental protection.
  • Making the most of synergies between businesses and improving internal tools that simplify the procedures.
  • Improved training and greater awareness of environmental matters among the employees.
  • Improved environmental training for suppliers.
  • Strengthening of the external image.
  • Improved perception among investment analysts as a socially responsible company.

Iberdrola group has Environmental Management Systems (EMS) specific to the businesses and processes, based on the UNE-EN-ISO 14001:2004 and EMAS standard, distributed and implemented throughout much of their organizations, what are allowing for a reduction in environmental risks, improvement in the management of resources, and optimization of investments and costs. Net energy production under certified environmental management systems is shown in the table below:

Net energy production under environmental management systems (%)
COUNTRY 2017 2016
SPAIN 97.4 98.8
MEXICO 35.5 35.7
BRAZIL 98.2 96.7
TOTAL 80.0 82.4


  • Spain

    In Spain, there is an implemented and certified Environmental Management System [PDF] which meets the UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004 standard. This standard was renewed in 2015 by the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR), providing for a reduction in environmental risks, improvement in the management of resources and optimization of investment and costs; and certification under the same standard is under way in 2018. This system incorporates the existing partial certifications for both thermoelectric and hydroelectric power plants and, in addition, the management of all the facilities of the Networks, Renewable Energy, Marketing of electricity and gas business areas in Spain and Portugal, and of the more than 200 company buildings.

    Most of the thermal power plants of the Liberalised Business belong to the EMAS European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, regulated by European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in an EC eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS). This certification is renewed annually.

  • United Kingdom

    In the UK, ScottishPower has an Integrated Environmental Management (EMS) certificate to Standard UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004 for both thermoelectric and hydroelectric power plants, renewable generation, distribution and transmission and corporate services. The affiliated companies Iberdrola Engineering and Construction U.K. and Iberdrola Engineering and Construction Networks LTD, have had a certification system in place since 2011.

  • United States

    For a further year the certificate has been renewed for the Klamath thermal plant and Avangrid Networks to standard UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004. This latest one includes project management and engineering activities for the design, construction and commissioning of electricity and gas transmission and distribution assets, and the planning of gas assets.

  • Mexico

    In Mexico there is environmental certification for all the generating plants and the cogenerator Enertek, to standard UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004, with a committee to coordinate and periodically revise the current and pending environmental activities.

  • Brazil

    In Brazil, the combined cycle power station Termopernambuco has the environmental certification in accordance with standard UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004, also networks Elektro, Celpe and Cosern.