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Climate protection at EnBW

Transformation of the EnBW generation portfolio

Installed output in %*

2012 2020
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Climate neutrality no later than 2035

EnBW CO2 emissions

Our path to climate neutrality

2020-2030
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2020-2030

  • Some Group companies already climate neutral
  • Energiedienst (since early 2020)
  • Netze BW (2021)
  • Switch to more climate-friendly fuels, use of green electricity, etc.
  • Decommissioning of approx. 2,500 MW of coal power

2030-2035
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2030-2035

  • Gradual phasing out of coal
  • Achievement of “H₂ readiness”: preparing/switching over gas power plants to the use of hydrogen
  • Continuation of other measures

2035
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2035

  • Climate neutrality goal achieved in line with the requirements and targets of the Paris Agreement
  • Reduction before offsetting
  • Offsetting remaining residual emissions to achieve net zero emissions
  • Increased use of CO₂-free gases (e.g., hydrogen in power plants)

Coal phase-out / fuel switch:

Today, we have 4.6 gigawatts of coal-fired generating capacity. We will gradually remove these power plants from the market. By 2030, only the newest are to be still in operation and we will have shut down coal-fired power plants with a capacity of 2.5 gigawatts. Closure of the remaining 2.1 gigawatts will complete the coal phase-out by 2035. For some plants, we are looking into switching to more climate-friendly gases or biomass. A fuel switch enables immediate cuts in carbon emissions while safeguarding security of supply. In addition, fuel switching is important in terms of retaining locations and jobs.

Climate-neutral gases and hydrogen:

While the fuel switch will initially be to more climate-friendly natural gas, in a second stage we plan a changeover to climate-neutral gases such as biogas or hydrogen. We expect green hydrogen to be widely available so that we can switch to that from the mid-2030s.

Use of green power:

Purchases of green energy will primarily be relevant to us for covering grid losses in Scope 2.

Offsetting:

While we generally prioritise emission reductions over offsetting, we plan to offset unavoidable residual emissions by acquiring recognised offsetting certificates.

Other measures:

In addition, we plan an action package to avoid relatively small-scale emissions (such as canteen and building emissions). Relatively speaking, however, these account for only around 2 % of total emissions at EnBW.