IBERDROLA ratifies its commitment to sustainable development on World Environment Day
With over 200 wind farms located in Spain and 330 elsewhere in the world, the company has a renewable installed capacity of over 14,000 MW, making it one of the global leaders in the sector
IBERDROLA will be the first Spanish company to commission an offshore wind farm: West of Duddon Sands (United Kingdom), with a capacity of almost 400 MW, which will be connected to the grid in 2014
The company has always had a special commitment to hydraulic energy (9,900 MW capacity) and it now has one of the most sustainable energy mixes in Europe. This means its emissions rate is 30% lower than the average for the sector
IBERDROLA has allocated some €25,000 million to developing economically sustainable renewable energies in the last decade. This is the highest figure ever invested by a company in this field.
With over 200 wind farms in Spain and 330 elsewhere in the world, these investments mean that the company now has a renewable installed capacity of over 14,000 MW, making it one of the global leaders in the sector.
In keeping with this pioneering commitment, IBERDROLA will also be the first Spanish company to commission an offshore wind farm: West of Duddon Sands (United Kingdom), with a capacity of almost 400 MW, which will be connected to the grid in the year 2014.
In this regard, the company remains at the forefront of research (€145 million in 2012 alone) and the promotion of new renewable technologies for generating electricity, such as offshore facilities (offshore wind farms and wave and tidal energy plants). It set up a specific business department with headquarters in Scotland to promote this technology and nowadays the capacity of the projects managed amounts to 8,000 MW.
IBERDROLA’s decisive support for the development of renewable energies(*) has not only exerted a pull effect on the economy of many rural areas in the last decade. It has also led to the creation of 2,500 jobs in this field, of which 800 are based in Spain. In 2012 alone, this team commissioned a further 130 MW of wind power in Spain and 400 MW elsewhere in the world.
These facilities follow other clean energy plants, which are also sustainable and efficient and which have either just been commissioned (the San Esteban II hydroelectric power plant, in Orense) or are scheduled to be connected to the grid by the end of this year (the La Muela II pumped storage plant in Valencia). Both of these facilities also confirm IBERDROLA’s historical commitment to this type of energy, which provides almost 9,900 MW of the group’s current capacity of 46,000 MW.
Over 70% of capacity in Spain is emissions-free
The company’s firm commitment to these environmentally friendly technologies that do not produce greenhouse gas emissions is proven by the fact that at the end of the first quarter of 2013, almost 60% of its installed capacity worldwide was emissions-free. In Spain, this figure amounted to 72%. 58% of IBERDROLA’s world output in this period was clean energy. In the case of Spain, this percentage rose to 92%.
These figures are possible because the company has one of the most sustainable energy mixes in Europe. This means its emissions rate is 30% lower than the average for the sector in Europe. This, among other features, earned the company recognition as the best utility in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2012. IBERDROLA is the only electrical utility in the world to have been included in every one of the 13 editions of this ranking.
All of these investments are part of the IBERDROLA Group’s firm stance against climate change, which has inspired various other initiatives undertaken by the group, such as setting up an emissions inventory certified by the Spanish Association of Standardisation and Certification (AENOR), approving various environmental policies (Against Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, joining the Pact for Biodiversity and implementing an Integrated Environmental Management System.
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