Impact and dependencies assessment
ACCIONA assesses its impacts on nature, including biodiversity, within its own operations. In 2021, the most significant impacts were identified in the fauna (59%) and water (27%), and, to a lesser extent, the habitat, vegetation and landscape. This assessment considered the species affected, the surface area of the facility within the protected area, the duration of the impacts, and whether they were reversible or irreversible.
Key areas and species
The company has a management plan for locations within its own operations adjacent to areas important for biodiversity, and it discloses the percentage of land, fresh water and sea use in such locations.
Resource exploitation and circularity
ACCIONA discloses its inputs, including its material footprint. In 2021, 8,882,855 tonnes were consumed, a figure slightly lower than the previous year. Furthermore, the percentage of materials from a renewable source increased significantly, from 11% in 2020 to 27% in 2021.
The company has a commitment to respect the right to water and discloses its processes for implementing preventive and corrective action plans for specially identified risks to the right to water and sanitation in its own operations. In addition, ACCIONA requires access to water and sanitation, including refraining from negatively affecting access to safe water, to be included in contractual arrangements with its business relationships.
Solid and air pollution
ACCIONA discloses the proportion of hazardous waste treated to reduce pollution compared to total waste, the hazardous waste diverted from disposal and the waste directed to disposal. The company reports some activities to reduce plastic use and waste in its own operations.
The company has made a public commitment to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions under the 1.5-degree scenario. Its targets are approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.