The Spanish rail infrastructure manager ADIF and ADIF High Speed (Adif AV) say they expect to reduce their carbon footprint by 86 percent by 2030.
The company’s Strategic Plan contains the strategic objective ‘environment and climate’, which aims at a transport sector that treats the environment responsibly and manages the planet’s resources with care. The plan contains a number of initiatives that focus on combatting climate change. ADIF’s plan, which covers the period 2018–2030, has the goal of increasing “the contribution of the railway to the objectives of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions”.
Overall, Adif wants to look at its energy management, e.g. developing smart grids, its energy efficiency, and decarbonisation and renewables. These aspects all aim to mitigate the climate emergency by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Adif wants to make its railway infrastructure more resilient to the impact of climate change. To round off its programme of activities, Adif also wants to do more to raise awareness about fighting climate change among its employees, suppliers and collaborators.
Adif AV is the first Spanish publicly owned entity to issue green bonds. These are there to finance and refinance projects that have a positive environmental balance sheet. It has made three such issues to date, for a sum of 1.8 billion euros in total.
COP25, the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, is currently taking place in Madrid.
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