Contributing to 
a regenerative world

We are aware of the importance of our activities as factors in the development and improvement of the population's quality of life. Therefore, we actively contribute to the preservation of the Environment and Natural Resources and to the Sustainable Development of Societies.

Mitigation of environmental impacts, part of EDP's Environmental Policy, is ensured by our environmental management systems certified in accordance with ISO 14001:2015, aligned with a Corporate Environmental Management System (SIGAC), applicable to the “corporate management of policies, the commitments assumed and the environmental performance of the EDP Group worldwide”, certified since 2008, by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance(certificate no. ISO 14001 – 0030519).

Promoting a positive impact of nature in the development of our activities

Reducing resource extraction is helping to prevent pollution and protect biodiversity
Climate change is an accelerator of biodiversity loss. Nature-based solutions configure a mitigation tool
A greater circularity of the economy induces efficiency and contributes positively to the reduction of greenhouse gases
Reducing resource extraction is helping to prevent pollution and protect biodiversity
Climate change is an accelerator of biodiversity loss. Nature-based solutions configure a mitigation tool
A greater circularity of the economy induces efficiency and contributes positively to the reduction of greenhouse gases
EDP environmental management systems
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EDPR environmental management system
Even though our business inherently implies a positive impact on the environment, we continue to work on a daily basis to hold ourselves to a higher standard.
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EDP Spain's environmental management system
The environmental management systems allow to manage and control, in a structured, systematic and effective way, all environmental aspects linked to the company's activity
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EDP Brasil environmental management system
EDP Brasil has an active role in building a fairer and more sustainable society
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Sistema de gestão ambiental da EDP em Portugal
The certification of environmental management systems, by an accredited external entity, is the formal recognition of a rigorous and effective environmental management.

Let's decarbonise and lead the energy transition.
We will do so by empowering Communities and rebuilding our Planet in collaboration with our Partners for faster transformation, driven by a strong ESG Culture on the path to long-term value creation.


Our commitments

No net losses on all new projects
90%
for residues recovered from renewable technologies
98%
Reduction in CO2eq emission intensity (Scopes 1&2), compared to 2015(1)
50%
Reduction of CO2eq emissions in scope 3, compared to 2015

(1)To achieve carbon neutrality, residual emissions will be offset by 2030.

Sustainability

A commitment to the future

A greener, fairer and safer world starts with solid commitments from those who have theambition to lead the energy transition.

Um compromisso pelo futuro

Sustainable development goals

No time to waste

The planet is getting warmer. If nothing is done to combat climate change, by 2100, the global average temperature could rise by 4ºC. This is why the Paris Agreement established such ambitious and global goals: “to keep the global average temperature rise well below 2 °C compared to pre-industrial levels and to continue making efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1,5 °C above pre-industrial levels”.

To achieve these goals, it is necessary to increase the current rate of decarbonization of the world economy by approximately five times, and the electricity sector will play a fundamental role in this transition, through the use of renewable energies and the promotion of electrification, in particular in transport, buildings and industry. That is why, in our Strategic Update 2021 - 2025, we have included new ambitious emission reduction targets for 2025 and 2030 and the commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2030. We want to lead the energy transition because we choose earth.

 

Our strategy

Our contribution to fight against climate change is achieved through our Climate Action approach, which focuses on two pillars:

These actions are supported throughout the company by innovation - which aims to promote the development of carbon-neutral technologies and increase energy efficiency; and by training to increase awareness and transparency on climate change, both within and outside the EDP group.

The importance of mitigation

To combat climate change, it is essential to mitigate our action on the planet.

Mitigation is, mainly, at two levels: generation and consumption. On one hand, we increasingly invest in renewable generation technology, focusing on wind and solar energy, and reducing CO2 emissions with the aim of becoming a carbon neutral company by 2030. On the other hand, we promote sustainable services, electric mobility, energy efficiency, digitalisation and decentralised production of renewable energy, with a view to electrifying consumption.

Decarbonising energy generation

100%
for the renewable capacity installed by 2030
100%
for the renewable electricity generation by 2030
-98%
for the intensity of emissions 1 and 2 (when compared to 2015) by 2030
7 GW
of installed centralised solar capacity by 2025

Decarbonising energy generation

50%
of customers with sustainable services
100%
Smart meters installed all over the world
3,7 GW
of solar capacity distributed by customers (by 2025)
7 GW
installed charging points for electrical cars

Our emission reduction targets

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* Against 2015 levels

Adapting to combat climate change

We need to adapt to climate change and this is a major priority for us.

It aims to improve the resilience of EDP's infrastructure to climate change. Climate change has become a reality and its effects are already being felt all over the world. For this reason, we are assessing the level of exposure of EDP infrastructures to physical climate risks, considering short, medium and long-term IPPC scenarios reduced when possible to regionalized scenarios.

What are we doing today to adapt

01
Engage with local authorities to foster local climate adaptation aligned with local priorities.
02
Increase the investment on vegetation management lanes for infrastructure protection, to reduce wildfire risk, in Iberia.
03
Increase network protection devices.
04
Reinforce emergency response and a stronger engagement with safety authorities, to better address extreme events.
05
Investe on climate data downscalling mainly to better increase the knowledge and better assess Hydropower impacts from climate change.
06
Invest in water efficiency programs in assets located in water stress regions.
07
Promote nature-based solutions, through forest plantation to fix slopes and regulate the hydrological cycle; and develop landslide risk maps to better set priority interventions.

At EDP, we have defined a clear commitment: to have adaptation plans in place in our business units by 2022. For this, we make an assessment of the physical risks and their potential impacts on business, in alignment with the recommendations of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures)

 

Podcast “Now or Never”

Ep. 1 -Climate Change

What is Climate Change? How do they influence the way we live? How can we protect the planet from a generalised rise in temperature? Catarina Barreiros, Júlia Seixas and Sara Goulartt look for the answers in this episode of the podcast It's Now or Never.

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Sustainable development goals

Circular Economy for a Regenerative Business

An efficient management of natural resources demands a change in the economic model in which we live. The circular economy emerges as a bet on the general reduction in the consumption of natural resources and represents an opportunity for the development of new businesses. For us, circular economy is the right way forward, and at EDP we are implementing this vision in all our business units. In order to do that, we approved the Circular Economy Strategy for the EDP Group, which integrates

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7 action priorities define the Group’s Circular Economy Strategy

Resources and Material Efficiency

 

Resources and Material Efficiency

Promote the reduction of inputs of resources and materials and reduction of waste outputs.

Product Longevity

 

Product Longevity

Promote solutions that extend the product lifecycle, including modular design solutions, which allow the product to be easily disassembled and their components replaced, remanufactured, repaired, updated.

Digitalization

 

Digitalization

Integrate digital solutions that through technology and data allow dematerializing processes and reducing the consumption of materials and resources, but also supporting the construction of new business models (product as a service).

Influence and Awareness

 

Influence and Awareness

Promote the valorization of waste materials at the end of life, focusing on their "second life" after the original purpose, namely through the creation of symbiosis with other sectors of activity, recycling, energy recovery, etc.

New Business Models

 

New Business Models

Promote the construction of new business models that allow the introduction of different circularity levels in the products and services provided to the customer, such as the life cycle extension, models as a service, efficiency, sharing, etc.

Circular
Supplies

 

Circular Supplies

Promote circularity practices, such as replacing materials and products with longer-lasting, recycled, reused ones; labelling of products identifying their circularity; but also the inclusion of criteria in purchases.

Resource Valorization

 

Resource Valorization

Ensure the company's responsibility for the products, materials and assets it produces and manages/uses. Responsibility to influence the value chain to leverage the circularity in its products, services and choices.

At EDP, we intend to continue to grow through a business model adapted to the challenges of sustainable development. For this reason, the EDP Group’s Sustainability Strategy establishes 12 goals to drive sust ainability.

Achieving a positive impact on society requires a thorough attention to the environmental impacts that continue to exist. Climate is being addressed mainly by the transformation of EDP’s business portfolio, where adaptation is also key to improve company’s resilience. Focus is now on integrating the principles of natural capital preservation and circular economy into decision - making processes in each stage of the value chain.

Circular economy objectives for 2025

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Podcast “Now or Never”

Ep. 2 - Circular Economy

Circular Economy is the theme highlighted in the second episode of the podcast EDP, It's Now or Never. How can we change our consumption habits in order to protect the planet? Is plastic the number one enemy to eliminate? And what are the 5 R's of Circular Economy? Catarina Barreiros, Paulo Ferrão and Ana Júlia Pinto give the answers.

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Natural Resources

Recursos Naturais

Water

EDP recognises access to drinking water and sanitation as a universal Human Right and assumes its responsibility.
Recursos Naturais

Wastewater

We periodically monitor the quality of effluents, in accordance with environmental licenses and legislation.

Sustainable development goals

Promote a nature positive impact

The current economic growth model is mainly responsible for the accelerated loss of biodiversity that has been observed. The loss of biodiversity and the collapse of ecosystems are among the main threats that humanity will face in the next decade. Scientists estimate that species loss rates are already 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than normal rates, with one million animals and plants species under threat, and that 60% of ecosystem services provided to humans are degraded or used in an unsustainable manner.
We are aware, assess, and consider our dependencies and impacts and the species potentially affected (see list and assessment) due to our activities. Thus, we foresee a mitigation hierarchy with measures to avoid and minimise the impact and to restore and compensate when it occurs, in the different countries where we are present.

Our commitments

Contribute to preventing or reducing the loss of biodiversity

We want to promote dynamic, comprehensive, long-term management thinking, aiming for a globally positive balance.

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Contribute to the deepening of scientific knowledge

To promote knowledge about the different aspects of biodiversity, including through the establishment of partnerships, such as the Schools with Energy and the Biodiversity Chair.

Promover conhecimento

Promoting no net loss

We have defined actions to protect biodiversity in EDP action sites

Protecting out planet by contributing to a regenerative world

We will promote ecosystems regeneration, leveraging land use synergies and nature-based solutions to better address biodiversity protection and a nature positive impact.

Discover some of our projects:

EDP initiative

Space4Nature

With this initiative, which is in its start-up phase, we intend to promote Nature-Based Solutions (SbN) capable of solving business problems, and at the same time promoting, and protecting biodiversity, and the climate, generating social, and environmental co-benefits at the local level where they are in force.We will map, typify and characterise the benefits of each SbN, divulge best practices and promote pilot demonstrations in EDP assets.

Um compromisso pelo futuro

Protecting biodiversity in partnership

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IUCN Guide

Working with external partners not only contributes to the fulfilment of our commitments but also reinforces our strategy.
Aderimos à inicitiva Act4Nature-Portuga

act4nature-Portugal

We have joined the Act4Nature-Portugal initiative, signing up to the 10 commitments common to all companies and reinforcing our ambition with targets for a further 12 individual commitments up to 2030.

Other projects:

Other impacts

related to biodiversity

 

Podcast “It's now or never”

7th - Biodiversity

What is biodiversity? What are the main threats on biodiversity? And what does this theme imply for the future of human beings and planet Earth? Catarina Barreiros, Pedro Beja and Vítor Batista answer these and many other questions about biodiversity in another episode of the EDP podcast, It's Now or Never.

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