Endesa wins multiple awards!
The Endesa Workforce Plan sees 266 more workers purchase electric cars in 2017, taking total owners of zero-emission vehicles to 534. The campaign has garnered a number of awards from different platforms.
Endesa was handed the Proyecto Clima 2016 Award from the Spanish Climate Change Office for its role in cutting CO2 emissions. The company’s aim for this new edition of the plan is to win this award again; the final phase of selection for the Proyecto Clima 2017 Award is already under way. Its inclusion in the selection would once again underline the company’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions.
In 2017, Endesa’s Electric Mobility Plan for Employees also received two awards: the Best Business Practice Award during the 13th CSR Benchmarking Workshops organised by the Excellence in Sustainability Club; and the 2017 Best Sustainable Mobility Business Initiative Award from the Spanish Association of Car Fleet Operators (AEGFA). It has also been selected as one of the 60 finalists from among 475 companies participating in the Sustainable Living in Cities campaign to raise awareness of the best CSR practices associated with urban sustainability from an environmental and social perspective.
And how has Endesa achieved all this recognition?
Basically by preventing the emission into the atmosphere of 955 tonnes of CO2 through the 7 million kilometres that the company’s staff travel each year in their private electric cars. Some 534 Endesa employees – 6% of the workforce – have benefited from the incentives available under the Employee Plan to purchase electric cars. It is expected that by 2020, 10% of the company’s staff will have signed up to the economic and environmental benefits of e-mobility. Endesa and its workforce are undoubtedly giving a big boost to the industry: seven out of every 100 electric cars sold in Spain are bought by the company’s employees. In the latest 2017 edition of the campaign, thanks to agreements with manufacturers, staff could choose from among eight models, according to their needs and preferences.
With a view to encouraging the use of electric vehicles, they have spaces reserved in car parks at the company’s corporate offices, while campaign participants can benefit from another financial incentive offered by the company for helping to publicise the plan. Employees are supported by the project office that was set up at the start of the campaign to handle enquiries and help them through the process.
The company has also offered its workers and the general public grants to purchase charging points through the End-to-end Electric Vehicle Solution for the installation, maintenance, warranty and financing of this equipment.
Since its launch, the mobility plan for employees has been accompanied by a programme to install charging points at the company’s main work centres for staff to charge their vehicles if they run out of juice. Reserved parking spaces are available at the Madrid head office and in the Seville offices, both of which are equipped with semi-fast chargers and a fast charging point for any model of vehicle, so that employees can charge batteries to 80% in less than 20 minutes (this is also the case at the Barcelona offices).
Sustainable, safe and electrified mobility
The plan is part of Endesa’s strategy to decarbonise the economy by electrifying demand and replacing fossil fuels for renewable energy sources. Electricity plays a crucial role in this process, since its final use is emission free, while 63.7% of electricity in Spain is already generated with zero emissions. Transport is a key sector in the decarbonisation of the economy. In 2016, it was responsible for 27% of GHG emissions in Spain – the greatest contributor to emissions ahead of electricity generation, which produced 18% of the total. Transport is also behind the worsening air quality in cities.
As a result, Endesa has also rolled out several in-house initiatives to electrify transport:
- Corporate fleet:
The measures set out in the Sustainable Mobility Plan include Endesa’s goal of optimising and electrifying its fleet of vehicles by 2021. Targets include increasing the number of electric vehicles in its fleet fivefold from 4% to 15%, raising the share of hybrid vehicles to over 20%, and eliminating 25% of combustion-engine vehicles in five years. All these steps should drive down emissions by 17%.
Since 2010, Endesa has quadrupled the number of all-electric vehicles, and will add more during 2017 to take the total to 100 electric vehicles by the end of the year.
Since 2008, Endesa has also boasted the largest commercial fleet of hybrids in Spain, comprising 469 vehicles that have helped to prevent the emission into the atmosphere of over 1,540 tonnes of CO2. Each of these emits less CO2 per annum than a diesel vehicle.
There is also a plan in place to electrify the management team’s company cars (9% of the entire fleet – some 229 cars), with hybrid or all-electric vehicles making up 4% of the total within four years. Close to a quarter of the team already have a plug-in hybrid.
- Corporate car sharing:
Other initiatives launched by Endesa in this sphere include the new car sharing service, offering employees a pool of electric vehicles to carry out their duties in a sustainable, emission-free way. Employees can access an on-line tool to book vehicles for hourly slots or even entire days.
This service is currently available at seven work centres and has 21 BMW i3s with a range of around 130 km, in the case of the first models, and 300 km for the new vehicles purchased in 2017. The plan is to increase the fleet and roll out the service to other work centres in 2018. Uptake since the service was launched two years ago has been extremely positive, with 1,300 users registered to date, more than 1,300 bookings made, and upwards of 180,000 km covered, resulting in the avoidance of more than 24 tonnes of CO2. Objectives include hitting 1,000,000 km by 2021.