Enel’s performance in the fight against climate change

Enel’s performance in the fight against climate change

In 2020, Enel’s carbon footprint was 97.9 million tCO2eq: (26% lower than in 2019), mainly as a result of lower electricity production from fossil fuels, which breaks down as follows: 

> Scope 1: 45.3 million tCO2eq (35.3% lower than in 2019) accounting for 46% of total GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions. Of these emissions, 99% are produced from thermoelectric sources. Furthermore, the percentage of emissions covered by the EU ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) is 53% for all of Scope 1 (compared to 49.5% in 2019); 

> Scope 2: 5.0 million tCO2eq (7% lower than in 2019) accounting for 5% of total GHG emissions. In addition, 71% of Scope 2 emissions are from technical network losses in the distribution network; 

> Scope 3: 47.7 million tCO2eq (16% lower than in 2019) accounting for 49% of total GHG emissions. The use of sold products (retail electricity and gas market) accounted for 98% of the footprint of these emissions.

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1

Generation from thermal sources Combustion of fossil fuels in generation activities (CCGT, oil & gas and coal thermal plants). Including:
  • CO2 emissions (44.67 and 69.39 Mt in 2020 and 2019 respectively)
  • CH4 emissions (GWP = 28), expressed in CO2eq (0.02 and 0.04 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)
  • N2O emissions (GWP = 265), expressed in CO2eq (0.09 and 0.24 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)

2

Other
  • Fossil fuel combustion in auxiliary motors of nuclear and renewable plants (0.08 and 0.01 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)
  • NF3 losses (GWP = 16,100), expressed in CO2eq (0.01 and 0.01 ktCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively) for solar panel generation
  • SF6 losses (GWP = 23,500), expressed in CO2eq (0.02 and 0.03 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively) for energy generation
  • Use of refrigerant gases in thermal and hydroelectric plants (0.01 MtCO2eq in 2020 and marginal in 2019)

3

SF6 losses
SF6 losses (GWP= 23,500), expressed in CO2eq (0.13 and 0.16 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively) for energy distribution

4

Auxiliary motors
Combustion of fossil fuels in auxiliary motors as part of energy distribution activities (0.02 and 0.01 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)

5

Offices
Diesel and methane combustion for heating and canteens in offices, and use of refrigerant gases, including all properties of all Business Lines (Generation, Infrastructure & Networks, Market and Enel X) and Group offices (0.07 and 0.02 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)

6

Company fleet
Diesel and gasoline combustion in company fleet vehicles (0.14 and 0.09 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)

7

Electricity purchased from the grid
Consumption of electricity purchased from the grid for energy generation in thermal power plants and for pumping in hydroelectric plants (1.47 and 1.32 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively). The figures shown are calculated using the location-based approach, while the market-based approach gives a figure of 2.26 and 1.99 MtCO2eq for 2020 and 2019 respectively

8

Technical losses from the grid
  • Energy dissipation due to transmission network losses (not owned) for the share of energy sold to the end customer (0.39 and 0.46 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively). The figures shown are calculated using the location-based approach, while the market-based approach produces a figure of 0.58 and 0.71 for 2020 and 2019 respectively
  • Energy dissipation due to distribution network losses under Enel’s operational control (3.17 and 3.36 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively). The figures shown are calculated using the location-based approach, while the market-based approach produces a figure of 4.99 and 5.29 for 2020 and 2019 respectively

9

Electricity purchased from the grid
Consumption of electricity purchased from the grid for distribution activities in substations (0.15 MtCO2eq in both 2020 and 2019). The figures shown are calculated using the location based approach, while the market based approach gives a figure of 0.24 MtCO2eq for both 2020 and 2019

10

Electricity purchased from the grid
Consumption of electricity purchased from the grid for civilian use (technological devices, lighting, heating) in the sites and commercial offices (Mercato and Enel X) (0.06 and 0.08 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively). The figures shown are calculated using the location-based approach, while the market-based approach produces a figure of 0.05 and 0.07 for 2020 and 2019 respectively

11

Coal (upstream)
Including:
  • GHG Protocol Scope 3, category 3 (fuel and energy activities not included in Scope 1 and 2): fugitive emissions from coal mining used in coal-fired power plants (1.06 and 3.30 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)
  • GHG Protocol Scope 3, category 4 (transport and distribution upstream of power generation): transportation of coal by ship/air (0.05 and 0.45 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively) and by rail (0.21 MtCO2eq in 2019 only)

12

Diesel & fuel oil (upstream)
GHG Protocol Scope 3, category 4 (transport and distribution upstream of energy generation): transportation of diesel and fuel oil on wheels (0.011 and 0.01 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)

13

Transportation of other raw materials and waste (upstream)
GHG Protocol Scope 3, category 4 (transport and distribution upstream of energy generation): transportation of other raw materials and waste on wheels linked to thermal and renewable generation(0.01 and 0.01 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)

14

Sale of electricity
GHG Protocol Scope 3, category 11 (use of goods sold): emissions from the use of electricity sold to end customers (retail market) (25.04 and 28.98 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)

15

Sale of gas
GHG Protocol Scope 3, category 11 (use of goods sold): emissions from the use of gas sold to end customers (retail market) (21.48 and 23.92 MtCO2eq in 2020 and 2019 respectively)

GHG Inventory 2020

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DNV’s statement on Enel’s Direct Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions with reference to the fiscal years ending on December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2020

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