5 june, World Environment Day
We are progressing toward the energy transition and climate neutrality, both essential to restoring ecosystems
World Environment Day 2023, which is celebrated on 5 June, is part of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global initiative to prevent, stop and repair damage to degraded ecosystems all over the world. Totally aligned with this objective, Iberdrola group is working to conserve healthy ecosystems in all its areas of influence. In this sense, the company continues to promote the energy transition, investing €150 bn by 2030, and has committed to being carbon neutral in Europe in 2030 and globally in 2050, as well as planting 20 million trees during this decade.
We have been working for over 20 years with a mission: To help make the world a better place for our children to live in
Renewing our environmental commitments on World Environment Day.
Energy transition, at the core of our climate action
In line with this strategy, Iberdrola is addressing climate change by pledging to be carbon neutral in Europe by 2030, where its CO2 emissions are only 59 g/kWh at the end of the first nine months of 2022. Globally, it has set out to reduce its emissions to 50 g/KWh by 2030, achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Iberdrola's commitment to the protection and conservation of natural areas is developed in accordance with the principles established in its first biodiversity policy, created in 2007 and renewed in 2022, and is based on years of work to integrate the consideration of biodiversity into the group's management and decision-making.
In this regard, Iberdrola has had a biodiversity action plan in place for years based on four priority action principles defined in the Biodiversity Policy:
To protect biodiversity and make sustainable use of natural capital by adopting a conservation hierarchy.
To promote knowledge of ecosystems in order to identify, quantify and value the impacts of the group's activities.
To collaborate with stakeholders, considering their biodiversity needs and participate in biodiversity enhancement projects.
To highlight and raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity protection and conservation through training activities.
Renewable energy for conserving ecosystems
Iberdrola has made conserving and developing biodiversity an intrinsic part of its strategy and promotes clean energies responsible with nature as a source of sustainable development. Its commitment is embodied in its Biodiversity Policy and has inspired it to set an ambitious target: to achieve zero net biodiversity loss by 2030, working to ensure that new facilities deliver a net positive impact on biodiversity, where possible.
The company has carried out more than 1,600 actions to protect biodiversity around the world in 2020 and 2021, according to the latest Biodiversity Report, combining its renewable projects with initiatives to protect biological diversity in ecosystems and caring for flora, fauna and natural heritage. The group's vision is to build an energy model in harmony with nature and humankind.
Installing beehives in the vicinity of photovoltaic plants.
New Startup Challenge: Solutions for responsible offshore wind project development
We have launched a new challenge - through our PERSEO Start-up programme - to find solutions for the responsible development of new offshore wind projects, with the aim of contributing to the decarbonisation of the US energy sector.
Instituto Neoenergia and SAVE Brazil act to protect migratory waders
As part of Environment Day, our Brazilian subholding had carried out several activities External link, opens in new window. on the coast of Rio Grande do Norte with the aim of preserving and raising awareness about waders. The program includes educational social actions in order to help the approximately 26,000 shorebirds that reside in the area.
Our reforestation goal: 20 million trees in 2030
Iberdrola has a reforestation plan, the Trees programme, through which it intends to plant of 20 million trees during this decade, which will absorb approximately 6 million tons of CO2 in 30 years. It has also set interim goals of planting 2.5 million trees by 2022 and 8 million by 2025.
The Trees programme has three branches:
Natural heritage conservation, to mitigate and offset the loss of habitats caused by new infrastructures.
Regeneration and creation of natural value, to reverse the loss of forest mass through initiatives for planting on our own or on third-party sites.
Research and awareness-raising, through the company's Volunteer Programme and by backing R&D projects.
Committed to the environment and ecosystems
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ALL INFORMATION ABOUT
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
What is World Environment Day and why was it started?
World Environment Day is the most important day on the United Nations' Calendar for raising awareness of environmental action on a global scale. It is a platform for public education that brings together governments, companies, experts and citizens from more than 150 countries to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
The importance of World Environment Day: What is it for?
World Environment Day is a powerful platform for speeding up climate action. Its aim is to encourage governments to take measures to preserve wild spaces, raise awareness among companies of the need to adopt more ecological business models, to urge farmers and manufacturers to be more sustainable and to demand that society at large reflects on the way we consume things and how we can move toward a green future.
When is it held and how old is the event?
World Environment Day has been celebrated every 5 June since 1974. The date coincides with the start of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm Conference) which was held from 5 to 16 June 1972. The celebration of World Environment Day 2022 takes place 50 years after this meeting, which was the first major summit on environmental issues and a turning point in the development of international environmental policy.
Who created World Environment Day?
La ONU proclamó el 5 de junio como Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente, meses después de la Conferencia de Estocolmo de 1972.
What is this year's theme?
The theme of World Environment Day 2023 is "Beat Plastic Pollution", a slogan that calls for profound changes in policies and choices that lead to cleaner, greener and more sustainable lifestyles in harmony with nature.
Where and how is it celebrated? World Environment Day 2023 activities
World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide with different events and activities. Through social media, you can participate by following and using the hashtag #BeatPlasticPollution.
Is there a host country this year?
In 2023, the hosts of World Environment Day are Ivory Coast, supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).