The path taken by the company since 2008 in developing its own GHG management system has led to the carbon footprint of its products and services, increasing Abengoa's commitment to the environment.
In that year we implemented our inventory of greenhouse gases (GHGs) that allows us since then to measure GHG emissions from all company activities. The system is based on an internal standard and certified to international standards (ISO-14064).
Since its inception, it has been audited by an independent entity, and since 2009 the results are published in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
The purpose of the inventory is to gain in-depth knowledge of the direct and indirect GHG emissions of each one of our activities, thereby enabling us to: draw up annual reduction plans, label our products and services, and evaluate suppliers according to the GHG emissions associated with the products and services they provide.
The scope of this norm encompasses:
Scope 1. Direct emissions, associated with sources that are under Abengoa’s control.
Scope 2. Indirect emissions associated with the generation of acquired electricity or thermal energy.
Scope 3. Indirect emissions associated with the production chain of goods and services acquired by Abengoa.
The inventory of emissions of greenhouse gases to be an important pillar within the policy of corporate social responsibility of Abengoa, has spread to suppliers encouraging them to develop their own inventories using the calculation tool that we provide; allowing them to develop a skill that unlike its competition to identify opportunities for improvement in areas such as responsible fuel, energy, lubricants, transportation and own consumption; which it has resulted in a reduction of GHG emissions caused by their own business activity, with corresponding cost savings. Additionally it allows them to know quickly and easily, if their organization is it or not required to report their emissions to the Semarnat, exceeding the 25.000 tons of annual CO2 equivalent.
This is reinforced with continuous visits to suppliers in order to verify their inventory from suppliers. During these visits the traceability of the information submitted is reviewed and opportunities for improvement are detected. Moreover, opportunities for improving facilities and suggestions for an efficient use of resources are offered.