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Infrastructure transition

Focus area of the EnBW Sustainability Agenda
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Green electricity at EnBW charging stations
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Renewable generation plants within the grid of subsidiary company Netze BW
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Fiber-optic connections by 2025
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Carbon emissions in the property portfolio by 2030
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Quality living spaces

We must rethink many things to lead a climate-neutral life: how we get around, how we stay in touch with each other and how we live and work. We make this possible by creating the necessary mobility and supply services.

E-mobility
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Goodbye, fuel pump – hello, charging station

Besides renewable energies and intelligent grids, electric drive systems are the third pillar of the infrastructure that will enable us to lead a climate-neutral life. Whether in the city or in the countryside, by switching to electrically powered public and private transport, we can remain mobile even without petrol and diesel.

Before we can do that, we need to replace the filling station infrastructure that has grown over the last century with charging stations on public roads and in homes within a few years. As an award-winning e-mobility provider with Germany’s largest quick-charging network and the EnBW HyperNetwork with over 600,000 charging points in Europe, we can make a valuable contribution here. In addition, with the private charging stations supplied by our subsidiary SENEC, we make it possible for people to “refuel” with green electricity at home – including from their own solar power plant.

We are also consistently focusing on e-mobility within EnBW: By 2025, our car fleet is set to be fully electric, apart from transport and technical vehicles. To this end, we are installing 2,000 additional charging stations at our sites in the same period.

Measure 4 of the EnBW Sustainability Agenda
  • We are continuing to expand the climate-neutral quick-charging infrastructure and promote e-mobility.
What we have achieved so far

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green electricity is already being used at over 250,000 charging points in Europe.

What we still want to achieve

By 2025, we want to install at least another

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internal charging points at EnBW sites – more than one a day.

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We aim to further expand our quick-charging infrastructure to at least 2,500 sites by 2025 in order to promote electromobility, maintaining our position as the market leader in this sector in the process.

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Target:

Our aim is to further expand our quick-charging infrastructure to at least 2,500 sites by 2025 in order to promote electromobility.

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Toward climate neutrality at top speed

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Climate-neutral traffic in Europe is made possible by our EnBW HyperNetwork. We are making great strides toward expanding it: Since 2020 alone, we have increased the number of charging points sixfold to over 600,000.

Using the EnBW mobility+ app, our customers can charge their e-cars with green electricity in 17 countries – at the same price everywhere. We are regularly crowned Germany’s best e-mobility provider for this service.

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Climate-friendly mobility – even within the company

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In addition to our services for customers, internal e-mobility is another important part of our journey toward becoming a climate-neutral company. At present, around 40 percent of our company and pool vehicles are electric; by 2025, the entire car fleet is set to be carbon-free. To this end, we are installing at least 2,000 additional charging points – more than one a day – at our sites in the same period and giving our employees the opportunity to lease e-cars on attractive terms.

Of course, not driving altogether is even more climate-friendly. That is why we also promote other forms of e-mobility: Our employees can charge their e-bikes at work free of charge and use electric, public transport for business trips. Besides the train, which we always prefer to domestic flights, this also includes our own electric shuttle buses to selected EnBW sites.

Grids

Connected by climate change mitigation

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In order to lead a climate-neutral life, we must offer people access to renewable energies and make it possible for them to use them sparingly. To do this, we need a high-performance grid infrastructure that enables us to distribute resources flexibly. Besides electricity cables and gas and water pipes, this also includes telecommunications systems that allow intelligent grid operation and make many trips superfluous.

By expanding our grids in and around Baden-Württemberg, we are connecting more and more people with renewable energy sources and high-speed Internet – also and especially in rural areas. This has enabled us to connect more than two million customers to date.

Our grid companies NetCom BW, Netze BW, Plusnet and terranets bw are following their own path toward climate neutrality. Netze BW already achieved this back in 2021.

Measures 5 and 7 of the EnBW Sustainability Agenda
  • We are strengthening the grid infrastructure as the sustainable backbone of the energy and mobility transition.
  • We are improving Internet access in rural areas.
What we have achieved so far
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Renewable generation plants within the grid of subsidiary company Netze BW

What we still want to achieve

By 2025, we want to create a further

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fiber-optic connections.

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How we are bringing the Energiewende to the road

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EnBW’s own grid companies are responsible for grid planning, construction and operation. Their expertise in the fields of electricity, gas, water and telecommunications enables us to bring climate neutrality to the road – and to homes.

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Electricity

A total of around 95,000 kilometers of cables, which connect over 235,000 renewable generation plants and over 2,5 million grid customers, make the distribution grid of Netze BW the largest in Baden-Württemberg. We are continuing to expand it through our grid company Netze BW in order to supply the people in our region with more and more electricity from renewable energies. In particular, we are stabilizing it by reinforcing our 110 kV high-voltage grid.

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Gas

The pipelines of the gas transmission and distribution grids belonging to Netze BW and terranets bw networks have a combined length of around 8,000 kilometers. We use them not only to supply more than 250,000 grid costumer in Baden-Württemberg, but also parts of Bavaria and Central Germany as well as Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland. By expanding and converting the grids, we are securing the Energiewende and preparing the pipelines for climate-neutral operation – including the new SEL gas pipeline, which will be “H2-ready” from the outset.

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Water

We use Netze BW Wasser to supply Stuttgart’s residents with over 40 million cubic meters of clean drinking water every year from Lake Constance and the Donauried near Ulm. Stuttgart’s altitude calls for a pipeline, storage and pumping system extending over a total length of 2,500 kilometers, which is unique in Germany. We take advantage of the high water pressure that it provides: Through energy recovery, the system now generates twice as much electricity as it consumes.

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Telecommunications

With our companies NetCom BW and Plusnet, we are giving more and more people in Baden-Württemberg and Germany access to fast Internet. By connecting rural areas to our broadband networks, we are improving people’s quality of life and promoting economic development in all regions. To date, around 90,000 private and business customers throughout Germany have benefited from this.

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SAIDI

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We record all unscheduled interruptions to supply at our distribution grid operators for electricity and gas. This data flows into the “System Average Interruption Duration Index” (SAIDI) for each grid. It states the average duration of supply interruptions per end consumer per year.

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We aim to achieve a SAIDI (Electricity) of < 20 min/a by 2025.

Buildings
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How we want to live (and work)

Buildings are responsible for a considerable share of our energy consumption and thus our greenhouse gas emissions. Heating and hot water account for most of this, followed by electrical appliances. Developing energy-saving properties and districts is therefore an important part of our journey toward climate neutrality.

At the same time, the necessary modernization of our buildings gives us the opportunity to integrate communal concepts such as car sharing, circular economy principles and new technologies (“smart home”). This not only enables us to protect the climate and the environment, but also create a more inclusive and comfortable way of living side by side.

By adopting these measures, we want to cut energy use by one fifth and reduce carbon emissions by three quarters in EnBW buildings by 2030 compared to 2018. At the same time, we are actively involved in model districts and playing our part in putting the climate-neutral working and living methods of tomorrow into practice today.

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The target values for the CO₂ emissions in the building portfolio by the years 2025, 2030 and 2035 are as follows: We plan to reduce energy consumption to 3,227 tonnes by 2025, 2,345 tonnes by 2030 and finally 1,900 tonnes by 2035.

Measure 6 of the EnBW Sustainability Agenda
  • We are developing environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive buildings and homes.
What we have achieved so far

Since 2018, we have reduced the carbon emissions of our property portfolio by

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What we still want to achieve

By 2030, we want to reduce the carbon emissions of our property portfolio by

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compared to 2018.

Sustainable districts at EnBW

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A good part of Stuttgart

The “Stöckach” is almost as big as six soccer pitches and is a former EnBW site in the east of Stuttgart. After 120 years of commercial operations by us and our predecessor companies, we are using our close links to the area and our expert knowledge of infrastructure to develop a forward-looking district tailored to the needs of residents and users: “The new Stöckach.”

We came up with the concept for the new Stöckach in 2019 as part of an urban planning competition, in which the citizens actively participated. Their ideas were incorporated into the winning design, which was developed in close cooperation with the City of Stuttgart and the International Building Exhibition 2027 StadtRegion Stuttgart (IBA ’27). This ultimately forms the basis of the development plan that is set to be completed in 2022. The plan includes space for at least 60,000 m2 of affordable housing in up to 800 apartments, where around 2,000 people will find a new home.

The residential complexes provide access to adjacent parks as well as all facets of everyday life – from workplaces and schools to retail outlets and health-care facilities. The short distances make cars superfluous in the district – in favor of a modern, environmentally friendly mobility mix. In combination with forty percent socially subsidized homes, innovative, mixed forms of housing and social offerings for all generations, people are given the opportunity to participate in public life in an environmentally friendly way – irrespective of their age, income or nationality.

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Low-carbon living 60+

The “Wohnpark Flehingen” residential complex is currently being built in the district of Flehingen. The 22,000 m² site is located in the immediate vicinity of the conservation area and has been transformed from an industrial wasteland into a new housing development. The housing cooperative EDEN e. G. is working closely with EnBW on the planning and development of the new district. A total of 52 bungalows are being built on the site, with the majority of the homes already occupied. The district is primarily aimed at the 60+ generation. For instance, the barrier-free concept makes everyday life easier. Various social services can be arranged, if necessary, or in the future outpatient care in the neighboring nursing home. The residential park is a low-carbon project and self-sufficient in terms of its energy needs.

EnBW’s sustainable and future-proof energy concept includes a central combined heat and power plant, a warm distribution network, heat pumps for heating and passive cooling as well as a central heat and battery storage system. Part of the bungalow roofs and the roof of the main power plant are used for photovoltaic systems. All systems for electricity, cooling and heat generation are intelligently linked. High-performance Internet connections have also been installed on the site. An e-charging station is being integrated into the residential park with eco-friendly e-mobility in mind. There is also an emphasis on sustainability when it comes to the materials used for the wooden bungalows.

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Climate-friendly district in Oberschwaben

More than 260 new residential units are being built in the new “Am Mäuerle” district in Laupheim, Upper Swabia. In cooperation with the town of Laupheim, EnBW is developing the 56,000 m² site in a sustainable and climate-neutral manner.

The innovative energy supply concept is based on cold local heating, guaranteeing a fuel- and carbon-free heat supply. The buildings in the district will be connected to the heat exchanger field, consisting of approx. 100 boreholes at a depth of around 190 m, and supplied with heat via brine heat pumps. During the warm seasons, the buildings can also be cooled by the cold local heating. The solar power produced on the roofs of the buildings is used both for operating the heat pumps and for the households in the district.

Thanks to its sustainable supply concept, the “Am Mäuerle” district achieves a primary energy factor (PEF) of 0.1. Compared to a conventional supply variant consisting of natural gas and grid electricity (PEF 1.35), around 540 metric tons of carbon are also saved per year. The district’s energy self sufficiency rate is 81 percent.

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ESG performance indicators

As part of our sustainability reporting, we create transparency on all of EnBW’s performance indicators covering environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. They allow you to monitor and evaluate our progress for yourself.

All ESG performance indicators

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