Abengoa reduced its CO2 emissions by 361,212 metric tons in 2011, compared to 2010 levels, and this year has labeled CO2 emissions generated by more than 15 products and services, using its own Integrated Sustainability Management System (ISMS) and other tools.
The Spain-based renewable energy technology company also says it has signed agreements with more than 20,000 suppliers worldwide to date, requiring them to disclose their emissions or to implement a reporting system for their emissions within six months.
Abengoa developed its own GHG inventory, which is externally verified in accordance with the ISO 14064 standard, in 2008. The company also uses its own environmental management system and corporate social responsibility indicators to report its environmental footprint.
The company’s process is based on the GHG Protocol life cycle analysis standard — an international protocol devised by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for calculating and reporting the GHG emissions of products and services over their life cycle — and the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2050, which is used to certify GHG emissions during the production life cycle of products and services.
Abengoa won the Spanish edition of the European Business Award for the Environment in March, under the business management for sustainable development category, in recognition of its GHG system.
In June, Abengoa won a $360 million contract to carry out the engineering, construction and start-up of a 200 MW photovoltaic plant in south central California. The PV system, one of the the largest in the world, is scheduled to come into operation progressively during the second half of 2013.
In 2011, the company entered into a partnership with FuelCell Energy Inc. to develop localized stationary fuel cell power plants. The companies will target markets in Europe and Latin America, and Abengoa will also work to develop a process to let the cells run on liquid biofuels.