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Sustainability approach

Sustainability is integral to EnBW’s corporate strategy, which features economic, environmental and social goals.

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Sustainability has been an integral part of our corporate strategy for several years. We have implemented key measures and achieved major progress towards sustainability in our core business, our financing and our integrated reporting. We are a longstanding member and supporter of relevant sustainability initiatives and are in dialogue with all internal and external stakeholder groups.

Sustainability concept

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For us, sustainability means making all of EnBW's activities economically, ecologically and socially compatible. Every decision and every investment must be measured along the three dimensions of sustainability (ecology, economy and social issues).

To put this ambition into practice, our sustainability agenda follows four key strategic themes. The strategic themes "New energy & climate neutrality" and "Infrastructure transition" address opportunities and challenges in the area of generation and grid infrastructure. With the strategic theme "Culture of sustainability," we are aligning our corporate culture even more closely to sustainability and, for example, examine every investment we do. In the fourth strategic theme, "Protecting the natural environment" we are committed to comply with ecological standards, human rights, and health and safety.

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EnBW sustainability agenda

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The measures published in the fall of 2020 in our 25-point sustainability program were either implemented or pushed forward as a priority in 2021 and will in the next stage be transferred into our EnBW sustainability agenda that we will start to implement in our operating business in 2022. The aim is to anchor sustainability in our strategic business activities and thus strengthen our competitiveness. The flagship projects and measures developed as part of the EnBW sustainability agenda will make an important contribution to the long-term success of our business and integrate sustainability in our activities and solutions. They will thus make a clear contribution to value added and to minimizing risks. We developed the EnBW sustainability agenda in a multi-stage process that incorporated both relevant stakeholders and also our corporate values. The EnBW sustainability agenda defines four key strategic themes:

New energy and climate neutrality

EnBW is rethinking and redesigning energy generation to shape the path towards climate neutrality, without losing sight of the importance of the security of supply.

Renewable energies / Climate neutrality / Hydrogen

Infrastructure transition

EnBW is making a significant contribution to shaping the living environments of the future using novel, networked mobility and supply solutions.

E-mobility / Grids / Buildings

Culture of sustainability

EnBW is using its human resources and financing strategy to make ecological, social and economic responsibility the benchmark for its business activities.

Corporate management / Human resources / Society

Protecting the natural environment

EnBW is making a contribution to conserving our shared home for present and future generations through its engagement for society and the environment.

Human rights / Environmental protection / Health

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Sustainability management

The sustainability department is headed by Katharina Klein nad Dr. Lothar Rieth. The Sustainability Team reports directly to the CEO, addresses sustainability risks and opportunities, and coordinates and supports the activities of group units. The team serves as a central point of contact for sustainability issues in the group (for functional and business units as well as shareholdings).

Sustainability issues are developed in the CSR Committee, in which the heads of relevant departments (environmental protection, risk management, controlling etc.) are represented. This and other formats ensure cooperation between the sustainability team and the functional and business units (including renewables, grids, sales).

Our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Our business activities and projects contribute most of all to the following four SDGs:

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

We are continuously expanding our use of renewable energy sources. At the same time, we conduct systematic research to make our power generation even more efficient and environment-friendly.

Development of Renewable Energy
Research and Development (only available in German)
Network Innovations Netze BW GmbH (only available in German)

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

We make infrastructure efficient, and we operate it safely and reliably. To this end, we develop and market innovative and climate-friendly infrastructure solutions. By investing in the rollout of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany, we are creating innovative and climate-friendly infrastructure solutions that promote clean and more environmentally compatible transportation.

Infrastructure services for business customers (only available in German)
Electromobility for business customers (only available in German)
EnBW Innovation (only available in German)

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

We aid cities and communities in sustainable development. By delivering innovative IT solutions, expanding renewables and designing sustainable infrastructure, we contribute to the long-term attractiveness of cities and communities. And by rolling out charging infrastructure to boost electric mobility in Germany, we pave the way for sustainable urban development.

Development of smart districts (only available in German)
Broadband infrastructure (only available in German)

Goal 13: Climate action

We support global action for the climate. By expanding the use of renewable energy for electricity generation, we help reduce emissions.

Strategy 2025
Renewable Energies
Expansion of the grids (only available in German)

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Our business activities and projects also contribute to the following five further SDGs:

Quality education (SDG 4), Gender equality (SDG 5), Clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), Decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), Responsible consumption and production (SDG 12).