2018 Corporate Responsibility Report
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Proposed actions 2018   Planned actions 2019
Programme of Environmental Strategy actions to 2020. Increase in installed power capacity for renewable energy by at least 900 MW, in line with the targets of the Strategic Plan 2018–2022.
Growth in low or zero-emission renewable power in alignment with climate and air quality strategy. Development of at least two renewable gas innovation projects.
Development of renewable gas projects. Encourage the use of natural gas in land and sea mobility to improve air quality, by creating at least 25 new natural gas service stations and doubling the number of vessels on which bunkering operations are carried out (natural gas refuelling) throughout the year.
Progress in the certification of new environmental management systems pursuant to ISO 14001. Implementation of 100 or more biodiversity initiatives at both national and international levels.
Promotion of sustainable mobility. Review of the Naturgy Environmental Policy.
Extension of the Biodiversity Action Plans. Integration of the climate change variable into the supply chain by means of the CDP Supply Chain initiative.
Level of fulfilment:: 
Finalised Major progress Intermediate progress Little progress Not started


Environmental management

The environmental management of processes

The commitment to responsible management of the environment is structured with Management leadership through:

  • An organisational structure that defines the environmental responsibilities of the different areas of the company.
  • The integration of the environment throughout the value chain of the businesses, including the decision-making processes, risk and opportunity management, planning and execution of activities.
  • A certified and externally audited environmental management system based on indicators and targets for centralised monitoring and continuous improvement of processes.
  • Annual action plans aligned with the environmental objectives.
  • Methodologies and specific tools for environmental management.
  • Innovation in technologies and business models that are ecoefficient and less intensive in CO2.
  • Communication, awareness and training of employees, collaborating companies and stakeholders.
  • Preparation of regular reports on environmental performance and participation in international sustainability indexes.

Environmental management is structured around three strategic pillars:

  1. Climate and air: contributing to mitigating climate change, the energy transition and improving of air quality.
  2. Circular economy: promoting ecoefficiency in the use of resources to reduce negative environmental impacts.
  3. Natural capital and biodiversity: encouraging the preservation of natural and cultural heritage within the areas of operation.
Country Exploration and production Procurement and transportation Generation Gas and electricity distribution Wholesale commercialisation and global accounts Retail commercialisation Customer service Physical resources management Technology and engineering management
Argentina                
Brazil            
Chile            
Costa Rica                
Spain  
Morocco                
Mexico          
Panama          
Dominican Republic              
Certified, In the process of obtaining certification

Environmental risks

Naturgy identifies, records and analyses the environmental risks and events that have occurred in order to define, apply and disseminate preventive measures to reduce potential damage to the environment.

To do this, facilities with environmental risk are assessed using recognised standards as a reference.

The first element for management of environmental risks are self-protection plans, in which the most appropriate risks and responses are identified in light of potential accidents and emergency situations. In addition, there are global and uniform procedures and systems in the different businesses and geographies for reporting, classifying, monitoring and managing environmental events (Prosafety). This approach allows preventive action, since it not only focuses on accidents, but also records and manages environmental incidents, which do not generate significant damage but are a source of learning and prevention of major events.

Occurrence Location Naturgy’s action
Two oil spills (260 litres and 60 litres) at wind farms in operation. Spain Cleaning and waste removal by authorised handler.
200,000 litres of seawater leaked from sump and discharges at a combined cycle plant. Spain Construction of a containment barrier to prevent the discharge affecting the soil on adjacent land. Emptying by means of tanker trucks.
Four dielectric oil spills (1000, 100, 134 and 200 litres) at electricity transportation and distribution facilities. Spain Cleaning and waste removal by authorised handler.
Nine dielectric oil spills (1000, 727, 2100, 200, 280, 2500, 10000 and 150 litres) at electricity transportation and distribution facilities. Chile Cleaning and waste removal by authorised handler.
Two dielectric oil spills (306 and 94 litres) at electricity transportation and distribution facilities. Panama Cleaning and waste removal by authorised handler.
Breakage of a concrete pump hose. Spillage of 200 litres of hydraulic oil. Brazil Collection and management of contaminated soil by authorised company.
800-litre oil spill in the area of the gas compressor at a combined cycle plant. Mexico Collecting oil and absorbent material and delivery to authorised handler.

Awareness and training

Training

Environmental training is a basic tool for preventing and reducing environmental impacts and improving environmental operational control in our activities.

1,192 participants received a total of 3,115 hours of training in 2018, with plan objectives being met by 183% and 117%, respectively. The % increase over planning is due to the activity in hours and participants carried out in Chile and not contemplated initially.

Communication

In 2018, Naturgy developed an Environmental Communication Plan to support the dissemination of knowledge and awareness on environmental issues and to promote a constructive dialogue with the different stakeholders.

The activities developed in 2018 included the following:

  • Publication of annual reports on carbon footprint, biodiversity, water management and the environmental footprint.
  • Participation in the UN conference on climate change in 2018 (COP24, Katowice).
  • Sponsorship and participation in the National Environment Congress (CONAMA, Madrid).
  • Elsewhere, the company partnered with the Empresa y Clima Foundation for the development and presentation of the Worldwide Status of CO2 Emissions Report-2016.
  • Participation in the Spanish Green Growth Group, of which Naturgy is a founding partner.
  • Participation in other initiatives that aim to improve the environment, such as the Circular Economy Commission of the Chamber of Commerce of Spain, the Clean Air Platform, and the Forética Climate Change Cluster.

The company has continued to encourage corporate environmental volunteer actions targeted at promoting a positive attitude among employees and their families about the preservation of nature.

Lastly, to guarantee effective communication with the external interested parties, there are different formal complaint mechanisms in operation. Dealing with environmental complaints properly is of great value because these complaints represent an opportunity to improve environmental management. In 2018, there were 109 environmental complaints or claims, all of which were resolved during the same period.

Legal requirements

Naturgy continuously monitors environmental legislation to be aware in advance of the repercussion this has on its activity, to define its positioning and to adapt itself to new requirements. The company participates proactively in the processes of consultation and public information in the international, European and national context.

The company did not receive any significant sanctions (fines over Euros 60,000) for environmental breaches in 2018.

Environmental investments

Naturgy makes significant efforts in issues of environmental protection, making sure its facilities are provided with the resources required to guarantee compliance with prevailing environmental legislation; to reduce the environmental impact of its activities; to prevent contamination; to mitigate climate change; to control and minimise emissions, dumping and waste; to guarantee, improve and obtain certification for the environmental management of its facilities; to improve environmental management and information systems, and to enhance the environmental training and awareness of employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

The environmental actions carried out in 2018 have reached a total of Euros 494 million (Euros 96 million in 2017), of which Euros 396 million correspond to environmental investments and Euros 98 million to expenses incurred in the environmental management of the facilities, excluding those resulting from the carbon market. Among the investments made, those corresponding to the new renewable generation projects (Euros 314 million), mainly wind and photovoltaic farms, stand out, which will contribute to reducing specific emissions of CO2 and other atmospheric pollutants.


Breakdown of environmental expenditures and investments (euros million)


Climate and air quality

Commitment

The main strategic lines of action in terms of climate, to contribute to mitigating climate change and the energy transition, are:

  • Favouring the mitigation of climate change and the improvement of air quality, increasing participation in gas and the renewable sources of electricity displacing carbonintensive fuels, and promoting energy savings and efficiency both at our own facilities and at those of our customers.
  • Contributing to a low-carbon economy through the development of intelligent networks that favour the integration of electricity and renewable gas.
  • Supporting international climate change negotiations and mechanisms that foster technological neutrality and industrial competitiveness, promoting the development of the most appropriate technologies at each stage of the energy transition.

Accordingly, Naturgy’s climate action is based on the following pillars:

  • Climatic change governance, where the body responsible for supervision of the company's climate change strategy is the Board of Directors.
  • Managing risks and opportunities of climate change and the energy transition aligned with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) of the Financial Stability Board. This process allows us to identify, assess, prevent, manage and supervise the risks and opportunities linked to climate change, thus integrating the climate variable and the energy transition into the company’s global risk map.

For this, Naturgy has a specific tool, developed in Ms Excel and @ Risk, which allows it to estimate its exposure to risks, at an aggregate level and broken down by business, geography, technology and temporal scope (short, medium and long term). Thus, it estimates the impact of different climate change scenarios (IPCC) through physical, environmental, business and economics indicators. In addition, it means we can simulate impact assessment scenarios based on new products and services, etc. and the implementation of R&D&I actions.

In addition, Naturgy has a stochastic model that it developed itself, with Monte Carlo simulation, which allows us to determine the optimal abatement cost in the European Union to meet the GHG reduction targets by 2030.

  • This target is aligned with science to avoid an increase in temperature above 2ºC (Science Based Targets Initiative Tool V8): reduction of 26% of total emissions scopes 1 and 2 for the 2013–2025 period, taking 2012 as the base year.
  • Measurement and control tools for GHG emissions and operational plans implemented to reduce them, including the annual calculation of the Group’s carbon footprint.
  • Transparency and dissemination of information, publishing the carbon footprint report and participating in the international benchmark indexes on climate change, such as the CDP, and any other initiatives related to climate.

With regard to managing the coverage of facilities regulated by the European Union Emissions Trading Directive during Phase III (2013–2020), Naturgy performs integral management of its emission rights portfolio in order to acquire 100% of emission rights equivalent to its output, given that the electricity sector has not been receiving free assignation since 1 January 2013. For this purpose, it actively participates both in the primary market, through auctions, and in the secondary market. In 2018, CO2 emissions affected by the laws governing the Emissions Trading System came to total of 9.1 million tonnes.


Management of climate change at Naturgy in figures

Total GHG emissions (scopes 1 and 2) were 19.4 MtCO2eq, with a 11.2% reduction compared to 2017.

Reduction in GHG emissions scopes 1 and 2 in 2018 in relation to 2012 was 25.9%, meeting 99.6% of the SBTI target set for 2025.

Specific emissions of CO2 from electricity generation totalled 342 g CO2/kWh generated, representing a year-on-year reduction of 12%.

Emissions prevented in 2018 came to a total of 126.2 MtCO2, most of which (93%) resulted from the use of natural gas to replace other more carbon-intensive fossil fuels.

Emissions of methane per kilometre of gas transportation and distribution network totalled 9.4 tCO2eq/km.

Main indicators
2018 2017 2016
Direct emissions of GHG (MtCO2eq) 18,3 20,5 19,5
Indirect emissions of GHG (ktCO2eq) 106.658 114.506 107.062
Emission factor including nuclear (tCO2/GWh) 342 388 371
Emissions prevented (MtCO2eq/year) 126,2 132,4 107,5
Emissions by leaks in gas networks (tCO2eq/km network) 9,4 9,6 9,3
Direct GHG emissions. Total Naturgy (MtCO2eq and gCO2/kWh generated) [305-1]

Initiatives for reducing GHG emissions and associated energy savings (GWh) [302-4], [302-5] y [305-5]
Emissions prevented 2018 emissions prevented (tCO2eq) Energy savings (GWh) 2018 2017 emissions prevented (tCO2eq) Energy savings (GWh) 2017
Natural Gas 117.087.372 154.450 123.863.986 162.859
Natural gas is the best fossil fuel to replace other fossil fuels:
Electricity production 72.032.142 125.395 76.474.255 132.923
Industry 22.474.173 10.006 24.657.729 11.035
Residential/Commercial 12.125.495 12.785 11.733.509 12.313
Transport 2.702.044 2.707 2.809.704 2.812
Cogeneration 7.753.518 3.557 8.188.789 3.776
Natural resources management 4.764.285 16.853 3.170.359 10.685
Generation of renewables to replace combustion of fossil fuels
Wind farms 1.835.989 6.335 1.810.365 5.915
Hydroelectric production 2.853.530 10.129 1.336.842 4.650
Photovoltaic production 74.766 389 23.152 120
Energy saving and efficiency 1.238.398 3.125 1.824.028 7.541
Energy efficiency and saving actions on the company’s own facilities and on the customers’ premises
Own facilities: Energy Efficiency Operations Plan
Upgrading of networks in gas T&D gas 739.793 544 1.060.899 779
Actions in electricity distribution 56.601 296 93.031 160
Combined cycle 78.837 412 313.786 1.545
Coal-fired power stations 39.576 115 31.273 87
Fuel oil-fired power stations 7.036 26 2.791 10
End customer
Energy services 316.555 1.732 322.248 4.960
Others 3.095.565 (10.662) 3.577.125 (11.581)
Nuclear production 3.095.565 (10.662) 3.577.125 (11.581)
Total 126.185.620 163.766 132.435.498 169.504

Atmospheric emissions

The EU Industrial Emissions Directive, limiting emissions from electricity generation, was met in 2018, with a reduction in absolute and relative atmospheric emissions of NOx, SO and particulate matter. This was due to the reduction in coal power generation and the increase in electricity generation from renewable resources in Spain, as a result of greater water availability.

With reference to other pollutants, 0.06 tonnes of mercury, 0.01 tonnes of HCFC and 0.9 tonnes of freon R22 refrigerant were emitted./p>


Compliance with total atmospheric emissions targets (kt) [305-7]
Target value 2018 path 2018 2017 2016
SO2 17,6 10,7 19,2 18,2
NOx 30,6 18,4 29,3 30,8
Particles - 1,4 1,8 1,5
The main achievements obtained in climate and air quality in 2018
Line of action 2018 milestones
Climate management Naturgy has been internationally recognised for its climate management, with inclusion on the CDP’s A List. Moreover, it was the only Spanish company and one of the five utilities in the world to achieve this, of the 6,937 participating companies.
Fostering renewable electricity Increasing renewable power capacity by 210 MW through wind farms that have started operating in Australia and Spain and solar farms in Brazil.
Reduction in GHG emissions and other air pollutants The Anllares coal-fired thermal power station ceased operation in 2018, after authorisation was received for its decommissioning. This measure led to a reduction in GHG emissions and other air pollutants.
Displacement of carbon intensive fuels

The distribution and commercialisation of natural gas to replace more carbon-intensive fuels (coal, petroleum derivatives) led to the reduction of 117 million MtCO2eq, and other air pollutants (SO2, particulate matter, NOx).

Two innovative projects have been implemented that will allow liquefied natural gas (LNG) to reach areas that were previously unviable, promoting the replacement of carbon-intensive fuels and reducing other air pollutants:

  • DirectLink LNG project: the first ship-to-shore floating LNG transfer system, which is compatible with any type of methane tanker and with minimum impact on the marine environment.
  • LNG on Wheels: making it possible to deliver LNG to small and medium industrial customers, including those in remote locations.
Encouraging the gas-renewable binomial in generation More than 9,200 MW of installed power in combined-cycle power stations, which is the most eco-efficient conventional thermal technology and which provides a back-up for renewable power generation, favouring its penetration into the electricity system.
Reducing fugitive GHG emissions

Renewal of pipes and connections in the gas networks of Argentina and Brazil, and optimising operations in order to reduce fugitive emissions.

Implementation of measures in the Nedgia gas distribution network in Spain to reduce methane emissions into the atmosphere:

  • Vacuum pumps have been incorporated into new stretches of pipelines in order to purge internal air before coming into operation.
  • Implementation of a new procedure for liquefied gas recirculation in LNG plants with support from tanker trucks to lower the temperature of the gas, avoiding the need for automatic venting of pipelines required for safety reasons owing to pressure build-up under conditions of low demand and high temperatures.

Pilot project for the regeneration of unusable SF6 (greenhouse gas) from Union Fenosa Distribución switchgear. Tests have been conducted to verify the necessary quality, demonstrating that gas that meets the UNE EN 60480 standard can be obtained for reuse in high-voltage switchgear. The purpose of this is to avoid the need to manage unusable residual SF6 or to purchase new gas, reducing its production, which is the process in which most fugitive atmospheric emissions occur. The practice is expected to be expanded in 2019.

Circular economy

Naturgy is committed to reducing the environmental impact by promoting a circular economy through the efficient use of resources to reduce environmental impacts. To do this, different lines of action are developed, focused fundamentally on:

  • Promoting the circular economy and improving eco-efficiency in the use of resources, energy and water, reducing pollution and waste, and their impact on the environment.
  • Promoting innovation in renewable gas as an energy and storage vector that facilitates the transition to a circular and low-carbon economic model.
  • Offering sustainable mobility solutions for cities and land and sea transport that reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Energy and material resources

The consumption of fuels and chemical products fell in 2018 owing to the lesser operation of coal-fired power stations. The fact that magnetite consumption has ceased should also be highlighted, owing to disinvestment in the Kangra coal mine in South Africa.


Total energy consumption within the organisation (GWh) [302-1]

NB: 2016 and 2017 figures include the consumption data for Moldova, Kenya and South Africa, whereas 2018 does not.


Energy consumption outside the organisation(GWh)

NB: 2017 figures include the consumption data for South Africa, whereas 2018 does not.


Materials used (tones)
Amount
Fuels 6.728.514
Natural gas 4.735.782
Coal-fired 1.630.253
Petroleum derivatives 351.730
Uranium 10.749
Other materials 29.808
Calcium carbonate 25.280
Lubricant/hydraulic oil 1.180
Sulphuric acid 972
Nitrogen 486
Sodium hypochlorite 945
Calcium hydroxide 945
Total 6.758.322

Energy consumption intensity ratios within the organisation by segment of activity [302-3]
Gas and electricity EMEA LatAm North LatAm South Corporate Total
Energy consumption within the organisation (GWh) 54.104 2.345 818 3.264 83 60.614
Net turnover (euros million) 19.560 2.419 1.367 5.080 0 28.426
Ratio (GWh / Net turnover) 2,77 0,97 0,60 0,64   2,13

Water

Most water consumption at the Naturgy facilities is due to the operation of the electricity power stations, in particular to the evaporation of water in the cooling towers. In 2018, there was a significant decrease in the volume of water consumed, mainly due to lower activity at the coal-fired power stations.

Most of the water collected is returned to the environment, with the percentage consumed in 2018 standing at 3.4%. Depending on its origin, the main source of supply is the sea (97%), with freshwater accounting for a much smaller contribution.

As regards effluent discharges, all thermal power stations monitor and analyse not only effluents but also the waters in the environment receiving the effluent discharges. In 2018, no significant impacts were generated in the aquatic ecosystems where the effluent discharges are made.

 

Water collection, consumption and discharge. Compliance with targets (hm3)
2018 target value path 2018
Total volume of water taken from the environment   777,48
Total water consumption 31,00 26,54
Total volume discharged   753,72

Waste management

Within the framework of the integrated management system, Naturgy develops management and control procedures aimed at minimising the waste that is disposed of in landfill, through prevention, reuse, recycling and/or energy recovery.

In 2018, generation of non-hazardous waste decreased significantly compared with 2017. Also highlighted is the reduction in waste from coal-fired power stations, in particular ashes, cinders and gypsum, owing to the lesser operation of these facilities.

Finally, special mention should be made of the actions undertaken to promote renewable gas. This energy vector can be produced from the conversion of surplus renewable energy or from the transformation of organic waste. Because it is carbon neutral, this gas reduces CO2 emissions (and can even be used as a carbon sink), preventing the negative environmental and social impacts caused by the waste from which it is produced and fostering economic activity in rural areas.

Non-hazardous waste management and compliance with targets (kt)
Type 2018 target value path Amount
Soil and rubble   143,6
Ashes   196,1
Gypsum   48,3
Sludge   8,3
Cinders   34,5
Waste plant matter   2,7
Others   7,9
Total 1.001,21 441,4
Generation and recycling of ashes (kt)

Management of hazardous waste (%)
2018 target value path 2018 2017 2016
Recycled and energy recovery 62,9 87,8 86,0 86,0
Incineration and landfill 37,1 12,2 14,0 14,0
Hazardous waste management and compliance with targets (kt)
Type 2018 target value path Amount
Hydrocarbons plus water   3,6
Sludge from oil and fuels   1,5
Solid waste contaminated with hydrocarbons   1,2
Used oil   0,5
Hydrocarbon-contaminated soils   0,3
Others   1,3
Total 7,6 8,4
Products sold for reuse (kt)
Product 2018
Ashes 148,1
Cinders 9,4
Sludge from oil and fuels 1,5

In 2018, Naturgy continued with the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). There are currently 172 tonnes of dielectric oils to be removed, which have concentrations of PCB above 50 ppm.

Initiatives and actions

The 2018 milestones in the circular economy are described below:

Line of action 2018 milestones
Increasing energy efficiency at our own facilities and those of our customers

Energy Efficiency Operations Plan in own facilities, preventing the emission of 0.92 MtCO2eq.

Boiler upgrades, efficient lighting and electrical HVAC systems for customers.

Reduction of water consumption

Use of urban wastewater for operations of different combined-cycle power stations (Hermosillo, Naco and Norte Durango in Mexico, and Malaga in Spain), which are mostly located in areas of high water stress, avoiding the need to consume freshwater. The use of recycled water in the last three years has led to savings of 20.6 hm3, the equivalent of filling 8,228 Olympic size swimming pools.

Improved operations at different thermal power stations to reduce water capture and consumption: adjusting cycles of concentration for cooling water, reuse of liquid effluents, improvement in water treatment plant performance, monitoring and reduction of water leaks.

Measures in vehicle fleets (waterless car wash) and offices (timers on taps, posters and awareness campaigns for saving water, etc.).

Promoting renewable gas Commissioning and operation of two biogas upgrading plants at the EDAR Bens facility (A Coruña) and the Metamorphosis project (Lleida) to enhance the technical and economic feasibility of renewable gas.
Sustainable mobility

Expansion of the vehicular natural gas charging infrastructure for public use, including participation in European Union programmes to create road transport corridors for LNG-powered heavy goods vehicles.

Improvement in the efficiency of natural gas supply stations.

Encouraging the use of natural gas in different Spanish ports.

Natural capital and biodiversity

Biodiversity and natural capital

Naturgy is committed to preserving natural capital, biodiversity and cultural heritage in the areas around its facilities, with special attention paid to protected areas and species. For this purpose, based on the precautionary principle, prior environmental impact and archaeological studies are conducted as required for all projects, in order to reduce the negative impacts on the full life cycle. In addition, measures are set out to mitigate the impacts caused by facilities on the natural environment and cultural heritage, particularly with regard to those located in the area of influence of high environmental value and protected areas. In those cases in which it is not possible to completely avoid the impact, the required compensatory measures are introduced.

During the operating stage of facilities, the company applies strict operation control and risk management procedures (environmental emergency plans, drills, etc.) to prevent incidents before they occur or to minimise any damage.

The following table analyses the impacts on biodiversity that may be caused by the company’s operations:


  Upstream Transport and distribution Electricity generation
      Gas Electricity Thermal Hydroelectric Wind
Construction and operation of plants and transport infrastructures The building and operation of plants and gas and electricity transportation and distribution infrastructures may impact on the plant and animal life in the surrounding area. The main causes of these impacts are the occupation of land, localised removal of vegetation and disturbance of wildlife by the operation of the facilities.





Pollution Emissions caused by operations may have an impact on the abiotic and biotic environments in the areas surrounding facilities.





Introduction of invasive species, pests and pathogens No operations involve the introduction of exotic invasive species. The only risk associated with these species could be their proliferation owing to involuntary transfer or the creation of favourable conditions for their establishment.





Species reduction The building and operation of plants and infrastructure may lead to a reduction in specimens of certain species in the area. However, the magnitude of such impacts will on no account lead to the total disappearance of the affected species.





Habitat transformation Changes in the use of land and the permanent presence of facilities in the natural areas may have an impact on the populations of species present in the surrounding area. The reservoirs associated with hydro-electric power stations can cause the most significant transformations with regard to biodiversity, which may be negative or positive.





Changes in ecological processes outside of their natural range of variation The most significant effects are caused by discharges of liquids during the operation of facilities, which may lead to changes in the environmental variables that affect the aquatic ecosystem.





: Low impact, : Medium impact, : Significant impact, : No significant impact

For management of biodiversity, there is a specific working group that operates across the board in the company and which features participation from all businesses and geographies. Likewise, company employees are invited to participate in environmental volunteer programmes that encourage the development of individual attitudes and behaviour to respect and protection of the natural environment.

Indicators

Naturgy’s business activities require the occupation of land, whether temporarily during the construction stage or permanently during the operation of facilities. The following table shows the total surface area of facilities located within or adjacent to areas of high biodiversity or protected natural spaces. In order to determine the facilities located adjacent to these types of spaces, consideration has been given not only to their physical limitations but also to a number of specific impact ratios according to type of facility. Consequently, the infrastructure is classified as interior (within areas of high biodiversity), adjacent (radius of impact within the protected space) or exterior when it is outside.

Description of land owned, leased, managed within or adjacent to protected natural spaces or unprotected high biodiversity areas [304-1]
Business Type of operation Location with regard to the protected area Surface area (ha) Value of biodiversity
Gas Exploration Within the area 114 SCI, SPA, PNS, RAMSAR
Transport and distribution Within the area and n 7.343 PNS, SCI, SPA, RAMSAR, BR, NR, PGR, SEI, EPA, GB, MR, RD, NRCS, RR, EPA, ASU, AIBC, NPR, PS, MER, PA, FR
Electricity Generation Within the area and next to the area 21.100 SCI, SPA, PNS, RAMSAR, BR, AIBC, NRA
Transport and distribution Within the area and next to the area 42.207 SCI, SPA, PNS, RAMSAR, BR, NM, NR, PLA, NAM, SR, NRA, NP, NM, WR, CONAF, MC, NM, NR, PF, RF, PIN, WET, PS
SCI: Sites of Community Importance (Spain); SPA: Special Protection Areas (Spain); PNS: Protected Natural Spaces; RAMSAR: wetlands classified through the Ramsar Convention (international); BR: Biosphere Reserve, UNESCO (international); NR: Natural Reserve (Morocco and Argentina); RPC: Permanent Game Reserve (Morocco); SEI: Site of Ecological Interest (Morocco); EPA: Environmental Protection Area (Brazil); NRA: National Recreation Area (Panama); AIBC: Areas of Importance for Bird Conservation (Mexico); NM: National Monument (Spain and Chile); PLA: Protected Landscape Area (Dominican Republic); NM: Natural Monument (Panama); RA: Recreation Area (Panama); NP: National Park (Panama); WR: Wildlife Refuge (Panama); CONAF: National Forest Corporation (Chile); MC: Monument Council (Chile); NR: National Reserve (Chile); BG: Botanical Gardens (Chile); PF Protected Forest (Panama); EPA: Ecological Preservation Area (Mexico), ASU: Area of Sustainable Use (Mexico), NPR: Natural Private Reserve RNP (Chile), PS: Priority Site (Chile); WET: Wetlands (Chile), MER: Municipal Educational Reserve (Argentina), PA: Protected Area (Argentina), FR: Forestry Reserve (Argentina).
Number of species whose habitats are in areas affected by operations* [304-4]
Type Critically endangered species Endangered species Vulnerable species Almost threatened species
Mammals 2 1 6 11
Birds 2 3 9 28
Reptiles 3 8 13 15
Amphibians 20 15 12 14
Fish 5 8 13 3
*According to the species catalogue of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN red list).

Initiatives and actions

Line of action 2018 milestones
Biodiversity protection More than 300 biodiversity initiatives in course on an international level.
Environmental studies[EU13]

More than 200 studies have been conducted, particularly within the scope of electricity generation facilities (thermal, hydro-electric and wind farms) and distribution in order to monitor the environmental and ecological status of the surrounding areas. In the case of thermal and hydro-electric power stations, these include sampling campaigns to determine the physical, chemical and biological of the aquatic environment (rivers, reservoirs, etc.).

Recent studies confirmed the situation of normality observed in recent years, and concluded that the studied facilities had an acceptable impact on their environment.

Environmental actions [304-3]

More than 110 initiatives have been implemented directed towards conservation of species and natural spaces, both voluntary and as obligated by environmental authorities for projects and facilities, including compensatory measures in other areas of interest for biodiversity.

In 2018, planting began of lavender began for the protection of the Eurasian skylark in the surrounds of the Fuentelsaz wind farms in order to create ecological corridors for the species. The project also takes into consideration the local society and economy, with promotion of productive and sustainable activities in the area associated with organic agriculture and the production of essential oils.

Dissemination and awareness actions

The aim of these is to disseminate knowledge on biodiversity and bring created environmental awareness for both company employees and other stakeholders. Included among these activities were environmental volunteer meetings, lectures, specialist publications, educational material and Internet publicity campaigns.

The Practical Guide to Ecological Restoration was published in 2018, coordinated by Fundación Biodiversidad, in which Naturgy took part by sharing its experiences, lessons learnt and successes.

https://ieeb.fundacion-biodiversidad.es/content/guia-practica-de-restauracion-ecologica

Agreements and alliances with third parties

For the purpose of supporting some of the initiatives included in the previous sections, we have different partnership agreements with third parties, in particular with conservation organisations and also with the public administrations, which provide the technical knowledge required to ensure the efficiency of the actions carried out.

2018 saw the completion of the project undertaken in partnership with GREFA, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences to reuse old abandoned industrial buildings (transformation stations) in order to encourage biodiversity. As a result, a number of transformation stations were restored to provide nesting sites for birds and shelter for bats. The results of the project were disseminated to the public through CONAMA 2018.

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