SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY PLAN
Iberdrola with smart mobility
Iberdrola has launched its Sustainable Mobility Plan with the goal of contributing to a rational use of means of transport.
The Sustainable Mobility Plan is part of the commitment made by the company in its Sustainability Policy [PDF], approved by its Board of Directors in 2013 and updated in April 2016, which requires the assumption of policies that promote sustainable exploitation of the group's corporate purpose.
This initiative is comprehensive and involves employees, business, customers and suppliers. The program is structured around 23 concrete actions with which the company seeks to strengthen its commitment to sustainability.
THE PLAN IN DETAIL
In its development, Iberdrola has intensified its commitment to promote electric vehicles, through agreements with public administrations, major car manufacturers and recharge system suppliers, and has participated actively in forums, standardisation groups and R&D projects, at both national and international level. Iberdrola's membership of the Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Mobility Observatory of the Sustainability Excellence Club stands out in particular.
OBJECTIVES AND INITIATIVES OF THE PLAN
- Emission reduction.
- Promoting energy efficiency.
- Improvement of the quality of life of the people in areas where the group operates.
- Provision of a committed workforce.
How Bewego works: the company that has joined Bewego has a registration code that allows all of the company's employees in all work centres to access the application. Each user can create a profile on the different platforms with basic information (departing location, destination, times, car, etc.). Bewers can see other bewers and start to share trips. These can be selected according to different criteria, such as, for example, closeness or technical features of the vehicle. In addition, the application will show the optimum route. Each user can view information about the money saved and distance travelled, in addition to the CO2 emissions avoided.
Therefore, the company will offer its employees a new alternative to travel to work, reducing its carbon footprint.
Iberdrola in the 2017 European Mobility Week. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The initiatives launched by Iberdrola include the Electric vehicles for employees program, launched in 2016 in Spain and UK. Due to the great acceptance of the initiative by employees, it has been launched again in 2017 in the same countries, and is expected to be rolled out to other countries where the company operates. This plan is organized into three types of aid:
- special advances of up to €4,000 to purchase a 100% electric vehicle,
- grants of €750 for installing a charging station
- and up to €6,000 for employees who accept the sponsor's condition to have the Iberdrola trademark on their 100% electric vehicles for three years.
Thanks to the electric car sharing service, employees have environmentally-friendly vehicles for trade negotiations in Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia and Barcelona. Along the same lines, Iberdrola has signed an agreement with the first national platform for electric taxis, VTLabs, so that employees and visitors alike can travel in a sustainable and clean manner. This pilot project is currently only available at the company's corporate offices in Madrid.
Internationally, Avangrid, Iberdrola's North American subsidiary, announced a 2 million dollar grant that will allow the State of Connecticut to continue offering a popular rebate program for zero-emissions vehicles. The initiative, known as CHEAPR program, provides direct financial incentives up to 5,000 dollars for state residents who purchase or lease a new zero-emission vehicle.
Likewise, the American company has launched a subsidy program through its subsidiary Central Maine Power (CMP), the latest beneficiaries of which are three organisations from Maine. The subsidies will increase the fleet of electric vehicles as well as the charging infrastructure.
Jennifer Brennan of Greater Portland Council of Governments, Joel Harrington of Central Maine Power, and Mike Windsor of the Scarborough Public Library celebrate the latest awards from CMP's Electric Vehicle Grant Program.
In Spain, Iberdrola offers its customers the Green Mobility Plan, with which it offers a comprehensive mobility solution with zero emissions that combines electric vehicles with a green recharging point and energy certified as 100% renewable.
The electronic billing service is also available, with which it avoids spending on paper and ink, plus emissions derived from travelling to deliver bills.
In addition, in its commitment to value creation in the regions where it operates, it also promotes electric mobility amongst its suppliers: the company will incorporate the existence of a sustainable urban mobility plan as a new parameter in its suppliers databases.
The Sustainable Mobility Plan has received different awards, including the award received during the 5th Edition of Renault's Best Sustainable Mobility Practice Awards — 20 June 2017 —, the first place in the 2016 enerTIC Awards — in the SMART MOBILITY category — and the gold medal in the Spanish Sustainable Mobility Week Awards (SEMS 2016), organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and the Environment. In 2015, the company was also awarded the silver medal in the SEMS.
Thanks to this initiative, which ended in June 2017, the two first quick electric vehicle charging points have been opened. They have been developed with the technology of Basque companies, including Iberdrola.
Azkarga has developed an innovative quick charging station, which is expected to have a substantial contribution to the promotion of electric mobility and allow batteries to be charged by 80% of their capacity for 100-120 km trips in less than 20 minutes.
These two new stations, located at the headquarters of the company in Bilbao and at the Repsol Service Station of Barakaldo feature advanced vehicle and charging manager control centre communication capabilities, facilitating interoperability and offering value added services to electric vehicle users, while guaranteeing a competitive cost of each unit of energy supplied.
Azkarga Station operated by Iberdrola.
ALIGNED WITH THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Iberdrola has incorporated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) defined by the United Nations to its corporate strategy and Sustainability Policy.
The group is focusing its efforts on supplying affordable and clean energy (goal 7) and actions to combat climate change (goal 13), promoting efficient and responsible energy use, and a sustainable and smart mobility system. In addition to contributing directly to achieving goals 13 (action for the climate) and 11 (sustainable cities and communities), Iberdrola's Sustainable Mobility Plan contributes indirectly to goals 3 (health and well-being), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure).
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