World Environment Day
5 JUNE, WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
We are progressing toward the energy transition and climate neutrality, both essential to restoring ecosystems
World Environment Day 2022, 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.
Renewing our environmental commitments on World Environment Day: to lead the energy transition by investing €150 bn by 2030, becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and planting 20 million trees by 2030.
ENERGY TRANSITION, AT THE CORE OF OUR CLIMATE ACTION
Iberdrola group has been betting on renewable energies as essential allies for sustainable development for more than two decades, which has allowed it to position itself as a world leader in this field. Having already invested €120 billion in the energy transition, the company has redoubled its unprecedented investment plan which will power the green recovery of the economy and employment: it plans to invest €75 billion by 2025, a figure that will reach €150 billion by 2030, the majority of which will be spent on renewables and grids, key infrastructures for transforming into a zero-carbon economy.
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 55 g/kWh at the end of the first half 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 2021, 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 1,450 actions to protect biodiversity around the world in 2018 and 2019, 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: Fire detection in protected areas
Iberdrola has launched a new challenge - through its PERSEO Start-up Programme - to find solutions for the early detection of fires in the vicinity of power lines¸ with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of the fire and ensuring continuity of supply to customers.
New Startup Challenge: Monitoring and reduction of GHG emissions
On the same lines, the group has launched a new challenge —through PERSEO, its international Startups Programme— to seek out innovative solutions that enable its residential, commercial, industrial and government customers to actively manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce their environmental impact.
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
Driving the Green Recovery
The group is advocating a Green Recovery as a way of reactivating society in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and of protecting ecosystems and biodiversity.
We care about the environment
Iberdrola bases its sustainable business model on the circular economy, based on the reduction of emissions energy efficiency and resource optimisation.
We protect natural ecosystems
The company has made the Sustainable Development Goals, an intrinsic part of its strategy, particularly SDG 14 and SDG 15, which focus on preserving life on land and under the water.
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Biodiversity and health
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Climate change is bringing forward the sixth extinction
More than 25,000 species, almost a third of all those known, are in danger of disappearing. Climate change will be responsible for 8 % of these.
Acid rain, a real danger to living beings
Acid rain leads to acidic soil and acidic surface water, which have devastating effects on ecosystems and living beings.
Overexploitation of natural resources
Natural resources are crucial to our survival, but if we use them faster than they can regenerate, they may run out.
Forests, the dangers of deforestation
Deforestation is on the rise, endangering the ecosystems on which the planet's natural wealth and its ability to cope with climate change depend.
Natural pollinators are disappearing
The vast majority of the world's food crops depend on natural pollination by these species, which are now threatened by intensive farming, pesticides, pollution and climate change.
Climate change and the survival of coral reefs
Scientists believe that almost 90 % of these super-ecosystems may be wiped out by 2050.
Protecting megadiverse countries
Just 10 % of the Earth is home to 70 % of the planet's terrestrial biological diversity It is vital we protect these mega-diverse countries.
Invasive exotic species
These species, when introduced into a foreign environment, end up colonising their surroundings. This is the second most widespread cause of biodiversity loss in the world.
Species saved from extinction
Ninety-nine per cent of the creatures that once lived on this planet are now extinct. However, environmental conservationists have helped some species to survive.
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 2022 is "One Earth", a slogan that calls for profound changes in policies and choices that lead to cleaner, greener and more sustainable lifestyles in harmony with nature. This was the same slogan advocated at the 1972 Stockholm Conference and it is still relevant fifty years later, as climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution continue to threaten our planet.
Where and how is it celebrated? World Environment Day 2022 activities
World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide with different events and activities. Through social media, you can participate by following and using the hashtag #OnlyOneEarth.
Is there a host country this year?
In 2022, the hosts of World Environment Day are Sweden, supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).