GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) REPORT
Greenhouse Gas Report (Carbon Footprint)
The carbon footprint represents the total volume of greenhouse gases (GG) resulting from everyday economic and human activity. Knowing the carbon footprint of an activity, which is measured in tons of CO2 emissions, is important when it comes to taking measures and launching initiatives to reduce it to the lowest possible level. It all starts with what each individual does every day.
In Iberdrola, the emissions accounting is based on international standards, such as the GHG (Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard) and ISO 14064-1: 2012 (UNE).
SCOPE 1. DIRECT EMISSIONS
Direct emissions come from sources owned or controlled by the Company. These include emissions associated with:
- Emissions from our own electrical energy generation facilities (not including PIE Mexico generation) (due to fuel consumption).
- Emissions of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) associated with fuel consumption during generation and non-generation.
- Emissions from the gas storage facility.
- Fugitive methane (CH4) emissions.
- Fugitive sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions.
- Emissions from facilities that provide services to buildings (fuel consumption).
- Emissions from mobile combustion sources associated with the transporting employees by road for work purposes using fleet vehicles.
SCOPE 2. INDIRECT EMISSIONS
These include emissions from the generation of electricity acquired and consumed by the company:
- Emissions associated with electricity consumption during outages at thermal, renewable and nuclear power plants, and during pumping operations in hydroelectric power plants.
- Emissions associated with electricity consumption in buildings.
- Emissions associated with grid losses during the distribution of third-party power.
SCOPE 3. OTHER INDIRECT EMISSIONS
These are all other indirect emissions that result from the Company's activities but the sources of which are not owned or controlled by the Company:
- Emissions from electricity generation facilities (due to fuel consumption) producing power for third parties (PIE Mexico power plants).
- Emissions associated with transporting employees for work purposes (rental and private vehicles, aeroplanes and trains).
- Emissions associated with the supply chain.
- Emissions associated with transporting employees from their residence to their place of work (commuting).
- Emissions associated with electricity purchased from third parties for sale to end users.
- Emissions associated with gas supplied to customers (combustion).
- Emissions arising from the life cycle of the fuels consumed.
INTERACTIVE GHG INVENTORY
Here you can consult the main environmental indicators in the new digital greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the Iberdrola group by selecting the country, technology or year you wish to see the data for. For more complete information, download our GHG report in pdf format below.
PREVIOUS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION REPORTS
Iberdrola's inventory of greenhouse gas emissions is published annually, and documents from previous years are publicly available.
In June 2020, AENOR verified Iberdrola's inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for its eleventh consecutive year, in accordance with the UNE ISO 14064-1:2012 standard, including direct and indirect emissions from all its activities.
CERTIFICATION FROM THE NATIONAL CARBON FOOTPRINT REGISTRY
Iberdrola has been registered in the National Registry for Carbon Footprints and Compensation and Carbon Dioxide Absorption Projects of the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition in the CALCULATION and REDUCTION categories. This seal was created with a double purpose: on the one hand, it makes it easier for organisations to prove their participation in the registry, and on the other hand, it reflects the degree of effort undertaken by such organisations in the fight against climate change.
Almost 1,000 organisations have been included in this registry since its inception. Since 2012, Iberdrola has registered its carbon footprint annually, being the first utility to do so, thus demonstrating its commitment and leadership in the fight against climate change and achieving goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
GOLDEN SEAL FOR ITS TRANSPARENCY IN THE GREENHOUS GAS INVENTORY
Neoenergia**, Iberdrola's Brazilian subsidiary, has received the Golden Seal for transparency in preparing its Greenhouse Gas Inventory, where it identifies the necessary opportunities and strategies to achieve the goal of neutralising carbon emissions by 2050. The study was carried out following the Brazilian GEI Protocol Programme, which encompasses the energy produced by Neoenergia with renewable sources (wind and hydroelectric) and deregulated fossil fuel generation (thermal), as well as electricity transport and distribution through its grid system.
(*)In its emissions inventory, Iberdrola has incorporated the emissions from the plants it operates in Mexico under Scope 3 emissions as Independent Energy Producer (IEP). It has done this on the understanding that Iberdrola does not have operational control over these plants, since it is the CFE that is responsible for making decisions on the dispatch and entry into operation, or not, of these plants.
(**)Neoenergia, S.A. is 50 % + 1 share indirectly owned by Iberdrola, S.A.