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New energy and climate neutrality

Focus areas of the EnBW Sustainability Agenda
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Carbon emissions (excl. supply chain) since 2012
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Target year for achieving climate neutrality (excl. supply chain)

Energiewende fully thought out

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A fast and consistent Energiewende is the key to ensuring that we continue to get the energy supply we need in the future. In order to master this balancing act, we are completely rebuilding our energy system for Germany’s industrialized economy by 2035. As EnBW, we are responsible for bringing climate change mitigation solutions to the road and reducing carbon-intensive generation.

Renewable energies

Powering our progress

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Renewable energies are doing for the 21st century what the steam engine did for the 19th century and the combustion engine did for the 20th century: powering our progress. Yet unlike in the past, this aim goes way beyond power generation.

The Energiewende is the answer to human-made climate change. As simple as this answer sounds, it is challenging to put it into practice. That’s because to achieve this, we must restructure our entire energy system while continuing to guarantee a secure and affordable supply of electricity and heat for the people in Baden-Württemberg and beyond.

EnBW is one of the few companies in a position to do so – with billions invested in some of the world’s largest and most modern wind, solar and hydropower plants, generating clean energy for millions of households. There is still a long way to go before we can fully meet the demand with renewable energies. Until then, we will keep the overall system stable with our conventional power plants.

Measure 1 of the EnBW Sustainability Agenda
  • We are continuing to promote the expansion of renewable energies, using innovative methods aimed at further development.
What we have achieved so far
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Since 2012, we have increased the share of renewable energies in our generation portfolio from 18.9% to 40.1%
What we still want to achieve
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By 2025, we want to increase the share of renewable energies in our generation portfolio to at least 50%
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Back in 2012, as part of our new corporate strategy, we set ourselves the goal of increasing the renewable share of our generation capacity to 40 percent within eight years. At 40.1 percent, we achieved this only slightly later in 2021. And that is just the start: By 2025, the share is set to exceed the 50 percent threshold.

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Our renewable energy portfolio today

Major EnBW projects for the Energiewende: an insight

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Since the realignment of the company, we have invested twelve billion euros in the Energiewende – and we are continuing to invest. The ongoing and completed major projects undertaken by EnBW and its partners featured here alone will increase renewable generation capacity by around 8.4 gigawatts – enough to supply 8.9 million households with electricity.

Mona, Morgan & Morven
Baltic 1 & 2
He Dreiht
Hohe See & Albatros
Alttrebbin, Gottesgabe & Weesow-Wilmersdorf
Iffezheim

New energy for our ecosystems

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Each wind, solar or hydropower plant plays its part in mitigating climate change, but at the same time represents an intervention in nature. For us, this means not only taking responsibility for ensuring that the local flora and fauna remain as intact as possible – but also seizing the opportunity to further develop our facilities into areas where plants and animals can thrive.

Biodiversity in and around our power plants

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Respect for winged creatures and aquatic animals

Before we embark on any new wind project, we examine the full impact on biodiversity. Among other things, biologists take stock of the wild creatures living at the planned location and draw up appropriate protective measures. This may take the form of alternative accommodation for bats.

Our offshore wind farms are protected areas for fish and marine mammals such as porpoises and seals, providing refuge from fishing and shipping traffic. Artificial reefs are formed on the foundations of the turbines, while the risk of injury to migratory birds is limited because they largely fly around the areas.

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A protective roof

The panels of our solar parks serve as ideal “protective roofs” over natural habitats, while the hedges we plant around the sites create natural barriers and sanctuaries for animals. In this way, ecosystems can recover and be used for light agricultural activities such as grazing and beekeeping – often in areas where the soils have been previously intensively cultivated. Once the solar parks have reached the end of their service life, we fully restore them to their original state.

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Help with fish migration

Hydropower plants interrupt the natural flow of rivers and thus also the migration routes of fish. In order to ensure that salmon, shad, brown trout, sea lamprey and other species can still reach their spawning and feeding grounds, we install so-called fish ladders at our plants. The fish can navigate their way unscathed through these artificial watercourses or structures.

At present, it is not yet technically possible to equip hydropower plants on large rivers with strong currents in the same way. That is why we are actively involved in developing new solutions such as fish-friendly turbines and wastewater screening units. In the meantime, we are working with temporary solutions such as the “fish taxi”: Here, anglers catch sexually mature eels by hand and transport them to their spawning grounds.

Climate neutrality
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Achieving goals together

The consequences of the climate crisis continue to increase throughout the world. At the same time, the developments of the past year have dramatically underscored the vulnerability of the energy supply. From EnBW’s perspective, the response can only be an accelerated transformation toward a renewable energy system. It is important to include people in such a transformation process and drive change in a socially just way. The aim here should always be to continue to offer people in all regions secure access to electricity and heat and give our employees new career prospects.

For environmental and economic reasons, we voluntarily divested ourselves of 2,700 megawatts of particularly carbon-intensive generation even before the Coal Phaseout Act of 2020.

Planned earlier phaseout of coal

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We are now taking the next step in 2023 and accelerating the restructuring of the generation portfolio. An important intermediate target: the planned phaseout of coal by 2028. This will require the swift implementation of the energy transition targets set by the German government. These cover the expansion of renewable energies, the transmission and distribution grids and the gas infrastructure in Germany. Pursuing clear milestones and in line with the 1.5-degree target, the company wants to fully divest itself of the remaining coal-based generation plants on the market. By doing so, EnBW is significantly bringing forward the phaseout of coal and halving its own carbon emissions by 2027 and cutting them by around 70% by 2030 (compared to figures for 2018).

Measure 2 of the EnBW Sustainability Agenda
  • Our road map is plotting the path toward climate neutrality and the socially responsible phaseout of coal.
What we have achieved so far
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Since 2012, we have reduced our own carbon emissions (excl. supply chain) by 18%.
What we still want to achieve
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By 2035, we want to reduce our own carbon emissions by 83% and offset residual emissions by supporting recognized climate change mitigation projects (excl. supply chain).

Our climate protection goals

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Our road map is based on three milestones:

  1. Halving our carbon footprint by 2027 (reference year: 2018)
  2. Reducing our carbon footprint by 70% by 2030 (reference year: 2018)
  3. Reducing our carbon footprint by at least 83% by 2035 in line with the 1.5-degree trajectory of the Paris Agreement and achieving climate neutrality by offsetting the remaining residual emissions.

The fuel switch from coal to natural gas at the Heilbronn, Altbach/Deizisau and Stuttgart-Münster power plant sites will play a key role in achieving the first milestone – the 50% reduction – allowing us to reach it three years earlier than planned. As a result of the earlier phaseout of coal planned for 2028, we will reach the second milestone and cut carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The measure for reaching the third milestone – a reduction of 83% by 2035 – is the switch to climate-neutral gases.

The measures on the way to achieving our climate change mitigation goals

2020-2030

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Scope 1
  • Phasing out remaining coal-fired power generation by the end of 2028
  • Converting the Heilbronn, Altbach-Deizisau and Stuttgart-Münster power plants to run on more climate-friendly natural gas and making the gas power plants H2-ready
  • Developing the hydrogen infrastructure

Scope 2
  • Using green electricity
Scope 3
  • Increasing the proportion of green gases in the sales portfolio and developing the hydrogen infrastructure

2030–2035

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Scope 1
  • Converting the Heilbronn, Altbach-Deizisau and Stuttgart-Münster gas power plants to run on climate-neutral gases, particularly hydrogen
  • Developing the hydrogen infrastructure
Scope 2
  • Continuing the measures
Scope 3
  • Supporting climate neutrality in the heating sector to reduce emissions from the gas business
  • Increasing the proportion of green gases in the sales portfolio and developing the hydrogen infrastructure

From 2035

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Scope 3
  • Supporting climate neutrality in the heating sector to reduce emissions from the gas business
Across the board
  • Carbon offsetting for unavoidable emissions
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Scopes 1 and 2 concern direct emissions from power and heat generation plants (Scope 1) and line-loss emissions attributed to the power grids (Scope 2). Scope 3 emissions largely originate from the gas business (gas procurement and combustion by the end customer).

From coal to natural gas to hydrogen

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By phasing out coal and switching to more climate-friendly natural gas, we are directly reducing our emissions and at the same time laying the foundations for reliable energy generation with climate-neutral gases. This is how we are preserving jobs and securing the long-term supply of electricity and district heating to Baden-Württemberg’s households and industrial sector on the way to achieving climate-neutral energy generation.

Hydrogen
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The last puzzle piece

Even in a climate-neutral world, we will still need different types of fuel. We will need them to generate energy independently of the wind and weather, to store energy in the gas grid or underground, and to transport it. As fossil fuels, carbon, oil, and natural gas will no longer be available for this purpose in the future – we must find a climate-neutral alternative.

One key element is H₂ or hydrogen, a flammable, CO₂-free gas that can be generated from water using electrolysis. If the electricity used to do so is from renewable sources, then the gas is completely climate-neutral, and is known as “green hydrogen”. This can be used to store volatile renewable energy sources on a seasonal basis or to generate electricity and heat in gas-fired power stations. It can also be used in high-temperature processes in energy-intensive industries.

At present, hydrogen is still relatively expensive compared to fossil fuels. We want to change this, which is why we are working on a variety of research and pilot projects through our companies and partners. At the same time, we are building our gas-fired power plants and our gas grid infrastructure today so that it is already “H₂-ready”, so that we can convert as quickly as possible to hydrogen operation.

Measure 3 of the EnBW Sustainability Agenda
  • We are strengthening EnBW as a system partner for hydrogen provision and infrastructure.

Hydrogen projects within the EnBW Group

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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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