SDG 13: CLIMATE ACTION

Committed to climate action

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Climate change is having a negative impact on the environment, the economy and people's health and is now considered one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century. The Iberdrola group is actively and decisively contributing to a sustainable and low-carbon future to fight against this global phenomenon.

As the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report reveals, between 1880 and 2012 the Earth's average temperature increased by 0.85 °C — and between 2030 and 2052 the increase will be 1.5 °C —, sea levels rose by 19 cm between 1901 and 2010, and the Arctic is losing 1.07 million km2 of ice each decade. Likewise, the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere has been progressively increasing since the Industrial Revolution to more than 400 ppm today (International Energy Agency, IEA).

To strengthen the international response to the real and global threat of climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annually holds a Conference of the Parties (COP) attended by around 200 countries. The COP is the most important worldwide initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and slowing global warming. Since the signing of the historic Paris Agreement (COP21), which came into force in November 2016, countries are working to limit our planet's temperature increase to less than 2 °C.

COP24. Katowice.

Climate change is having a negative impact on the environment, the economy, people's lives and communities... Reversing this trend is only achievable via worldwide action and by tackling the problem forcefully from all angles. It is for this reason that taking urgent action to combat climate change was made the thirteenth of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September 2015 as part of Agenda 2030.

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IBERDROLA, COMMITTED TO CLIMATE ACTION

It is essential to raise awareness about this global phenomenon and that all countries incorporate measures in their national policies, strategies and plans to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Communities must work towards a low-carbon economy, where renewable energies and the electricity sector must play a key role.

The Iberdrola group is actively and decisively contributing to a sustainable and low carbon future to fight against climate change.

The Iberdrola group against climate change.#RRSSThe Iberdrola group against climate change.

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THE IBERDROLA GROUP AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Emission of 60 million tons of CO2 avoided (1)
  • 67.1% of the total installed capacity is emission-free (2)
  • 60% of the total installed capacity is from renewable energies(2)
  • 1 billion euros invested in renewables since 2001
  • Almost 30,000 MW capacity in renewables
  • 32 billion euros to be invested between 2018 and 2022 to improve and install new grids
  • 15 coal and oil-fired power stations closed
  • 8.1 billion euros in green bonds between 2014 and 2018
  • 3 billion euros invested in East Anglia ONE to improve the penetration of renewables

(1)During the last three years

(2)Data at the close of the first Nine months in 2018

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WHY IS THE UN'S CLIMATE ACTION GOAL SO IMPORTANT?

The Earth's weather patterns are changing and human activity is largely responsible. If we do not act now, the consequences will be devastating for the life and health of our planet. In fact, extreme weather events and rising sea levels are already affecting the most vulnerable people living in developing countries.

By acting now we can promote economic growth, eradicate extreme poverty and improve people's health and well-being.

TARGETS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL THIRTEEN

The targets established for 2030 are:

  • Strengthen the resilience and capacity to adapt to climate-related risks and natural disasters in all countries.
  • Incorporate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and plans.
  • Improve education, awareness and human and institutional capacities relating to climate change, mitigation and early warning.
  • Promote mechanisms to enhance the capacity for effective climate change planning and management in the least developed countries.