To fulfil the European Green Deal’s promise of climate-neutrality by 2050, we must deliver a radical transformation in the way we produce, consume, and distribute energy. This requires proven renewable technologies, smart grid development and supporting innovation.
To drive this transformation, the Electrification Alliance – a partnership between EuropeOn, AVERE, Eurelectric, the European Climate Foundation, the European Copper Institute, the European Heat Pump Association, the Renewables Grid Initiative, smartEn, SolarPower Europe, and WindEurope – has launched the #ElectrifyNow campaign.
#ElectrifyNow shows how direct electrification is the most cost-effective and reliable way to decarbonize the EU in less than three decades. Electrification will cut carbon emissions and protect our environment, as well as boost Europe’s economies, and creating millions of new, sustainable jobs. The recovery and resilience packages submitted by EU Member States represent a once-in-a-century opportunity to invest in a greener, more resilient, more sustainable, and more competitive Europe.
RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Sustainability and Electrification story #eCitySevilla – where the urban energy transition becomes a reality
Our journey to discover the Group’s sustainability best practices takes us to Isla de la Cartuja, the Smart City in the heart of Andalusia To develop an urban model that’s open, digital, 100% carbon neutral and sustainable. To do so in the Cartuja Science and Technology Park (PCT) in the center of Seville by 2025 and to therefore anticipate by a full 25 years the climate and energy targets set by the United Nations for 2050. Science fiction? No. It’s already happening, thanks to the program launched by Endesa in November 2019 in partnership with the Junta de Andalucía, the Seville Municipal Council and the Cartuja PCT. Isla de La Cartuja is a district of Seville, a small island crossed by the river Guadalquivir, connected to dry land by a bridge that was opened at Expo ’92. Thanks also to the efforts of Endesa, this beating heart of the Andalusian capital will become the model of a pioneering smart city for technological parks and cities around the world. The #eCitySevilla project, the name given to one of the four initiatives that make up the Sustainability Stories, aims within 6 years to transform Isla de la Cartuja into an international point of reference for sustainability and urban energy transition, anticipating the challenges to be faced by cities in the not too distant future. A project to which dozens of entities, including businesses, institutions, universities and research centers have already subscribed. To accomplish this, Endesa and the Business Lines are working synergically. Enel Green Power España will ensure that Cartuja PCT has a supply of 100% renewable energy generated on the Isla de la Cartuja itself with a photovoltaic generating park and the development of large storage plants to make the supply of energy totally self-sufficient and renewable by 2025. A totally sustainable city also with regard to construction – increasingly efficient thanks to a process of energy restructuring of buildings and electric mobility. Endesa X therefore is, and will be, committed until 2025 to promoting green mobility with over 2000 vehicles, the installation of 200 charging points and, as part of a makeover with the accent on shared, green and sustainable mobility, redesigning the pedestrian areas and vehicle carriageways to recover 80% of the current parking lots in favor of new forms of public transport thanks to a connected and autonomous system: in short a smart grid. The efforts made towards a smart city conceived in this way also require considerable digitalization of systems and processes. E-Distribución is therefore involved in creating and implementing a platform, a single smart grid, to manage the entire district with an open and secure open data system, which at the same time allows advanced data analysis with the idea of integrating, in the short and medium term, services such as public lighting, travel needs, logistic processes, air quality and the number of vehicles connected for managing traffic. eCitySevilla is without doubt an ambitious project well summarized in the words of Jorge Jimenez, Director of the Andalusian Energy Agency who said: “The big challenge ahead is to manage the great talent that exists in both the public and the private sectors and to agree to work together for a result that is global, not particular“. Indeed, due to the nature of the initiative, synergy is the most frequently associated word. Also with regard to the SDGs that are at the heart of it: starting with SDG17 that underlines the fundamental role of partnerships to achieve the shared results, by way of SDG 7 and SDG9 – respectively dedicated to access to energy for all as well as the need to implement sustainable industries and infrastructures, up to SDG11 to make human habitats sustainable, resilient and safe. All this against the background of the main goal, SDG13, i.e. to propose these ambitious initiatives within the context of a constant fight against climate change. Sources: Link to Enel website: https://www.enel.com/ https://www.endesa.com/en/projects/all-projects/innovability/south-summit-2020/eCity-Sevilla Youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ag7zMAv6a4
- December 2, 2021
Our journey to discover the Group’s sustainability best practices takes us to Isla de la Cartuja, the Smart City in the heart of Andalusia
To develop an urban model that’s open, digital, 100% carbon neutral and sustainable. To do so in the Cartuja Science and Technology Park (PCT) in the center of Seville by 2025 and to therefore anticipate by a full 25 years the climate and energy targets set by the United Nations for 2050.
- October 21, 2022
Brittany is prone to strong winds and high tides, which have shaped the region’s landscape, economy and way of life. With a view to leveraging the region’s full energy potential, the company designed the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm: the first large-scale offshore wind farm in Brittany and one of the first in France to obtain all the necessary government permits for its construction and operation.
- October 28, 2022
The European RESPONSE project was the only “H2020 -Smart Cities and Communities” project selected by Europe in 2020.
With 53 partners from all over the European Union (19 of which are in the Dijon eco-system), RESPONSE is a flagship European project that is part of the European Union’s strategy to meet the challenge of climate change: in concrete terms, EDF teams coordinated by Eifer will take part in the largest collective self-consumption operation in France.
- October 29, 2022
Wallbox joins forces with Iberdrola for 100 % renewable energy consumption in its new factory and offices in Barcelona
Wallbox signs a long-term on-site power purchase agreement (PPA), which will allow it to produce, consume and reuse renewable energy with photovoltaic panels.
The green production generated – 1,500 MWh/year, equivalent to the consumption of 500 homes – and the development of a new generation of nZEB buildings make its new plant a pioneer in achieving almost zero energy consumption.
- October 29, 2022
Iberdrola adds two wind farms to the Tâmega hydroelectric complex, one of Europe’s largest energy storage facilities that is located in Northern Portugal, making it one of the country’s most significant energy initiatives ever.
The giga-battery, which involves the investment of more than 1.5 billion euros, will entail the construction of three dams and three power plants (Gouvães, Daivões y Alto Tâmega) with an overall capacity of 1,158 MW. The wind farms will have a capacity of 300 MW.
- October 29, 2022
After more than 20 years of investing in renewables, innovation in sustainability is at the core of Iberdrola’s DNA. Its pumped storage hydropower facility at Cortes La Muela, in the mountains near Valencia, stores energy on a vast scale. And Iberdrola’s customers are adopting sustainable practices: smart vehicles, smart solar and smart ways to know how much they’re using, spending and saving.
- October 29, 2022
Floating solar is an alternative to the lack of land space capable of accommodating large-scale solar power plants on the ground or on roofs, floating solar energy installed on unused water bodies (quarry lakes, irrigation ponds, dam reservoirs, etc.) is a promising avenue to explore for the photovoltaic industry.
- October 29, 2022
With Dreev, EDF is deploying its first V2G reversible charging points. A first in France: the company Hotravail, in Gironde, is hosting three charging points for electric vehicles, which can also supply the network if necessary.
The principle is to charge the vehicle’s battery when there is little demand…
Enel X – E-bus service in Savona, Italy
For three days, from 16 to 18 July 2020, residents and tourists in Savona, Italy, were able to experience for themselves, free of charge, the comfort of sustainable public transport on board an IVECO BUS e-Way adorned with the purple logo of Enel X. The trial came about as part of the wider project to foster the transition towards electric public…
Jobs & Skills
Ignacio Galán, President of Iberdrola, with a group of entrepreneurs during a training program
Launch of the Re-skilling 4 Employment programme to provide vocational training for 5 million people in the EU.
The initiative aims to have adults retrained and to create new jobs for one million European professionals by 2025 and five million by 2030. In its first year, R4E will start with pilot projects in Portugal, Spain and Sweden involving AstraZeneca, Iberdrola, Nestlé, SAP, Sonae, Telefónica and Volvo Group.
It will enhance human capital development as part of the European economic recovery, promote social inclusion and facilitate the transition to a greener and more digital economy