Iberdrola and Makro work together to promote sustainable mobility
- Both companies agree to work together on the deployment of a network of public charging points in the wholesale distributor's shops.
- Users will be able to charge their electric vehicle batteries with 100% green energy from renewable energy sources at more than 280 charging points.
Iberdrola and Makro are joining forces to promote electric mobility in Spain and encourage the transition to more sustainable transport. To this end, in 2021 they signed an agreement whereby both companies will work together to deploy a network of public charging points in all the wholesaler's shops, as well as at its headquarters in Madrid. It is planned to install more than 280 charging points in a total of 37 Makro locations.
This alliance arises from the common interest of Makro and Iberdrola in promoting the fight against climate change, the desire to improve air quality in cities, as well as the desire to contribute to achieving the objectives of sustainable development and to identify themselves as a benchmark in the deployment of electromobility. The agreement has materialised with the commissioning of the first charging stations in Makro shops in Castellón, Barcelona, Valladolid, Córdoba and Tarragona. Work is currently underway at the rest of the locations and, in the next few days, charging stations will be put into operation at the Makro shops in Palma, Palma, Granada, Pamplona and Valencia Albuixech.
Users of the points installed at these Makro locations will recharge the battery of their electric cars with 100% green energy, from renewable generation sources, with certificates of guarantee of origin (GdOs). The charging points will be located on the Iberdrola Public Charging App, the only one in Spain that includes verified information on all electric vehicle chargers, both those of Iberdrola and those of other operators, from which you can geolocate the charger, check its operation in real time and reserve and pay from your mobile phone.
In addition, the alliance between Iberdrola and Makro includes the installation of photovoltaic self-consumption at 10 of the centres (with a total installed capacity of 6 MW) to generate renewable energy at Makro sites, thereby reducing emissions.
Electric mobility and green recovery
The electricity company is rolling out a sustainable mobility plan, with an investment of 150 million euros, with which it will intensify the deployment of charging points for electric vehicles in the coming years. The initiative foresees the installation of around 150,000 charging points, both in homes and in companies, as well as on urban roads, in cities and on the main motorways in the coming years. The commitment to the deployment of high-efficiency stations will take the form of ultra-fast (350 kW), super-fast (150 kW) and fast (50 kW) stations.
Iberdrola's public recharging network currently has more than 2,500 operational recharging points, which use 100% renewable energy with guarantees of origin.
Iberdrola is aware of the need to promote electromobility in Spain through coordinated and effective action with the main agents involved. In this regard, the company has already completed more than 50 infrastructure deployment agreements with administrations, institutions, companies, service stations, dealers and electric vehicle manufacturers. It should not be forgotten that one kilometre in an electric car is 15 times cheaper than with a petrol car.
The company was the first Spanish company to sign up to The Climate Group's EV100 initiative, with the aim of accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, committing to electrify its entire fleet of vehicles and facilitate charging for staff in its businesses in Spain and the UK by 2030.
Makro is committed to sustainability
For Makro, sustainability is more than just working on environmental and social projects. It is a matter of attitude and a way of working that encompasses all aspects of the business: from employee engagement, assortment, to sustainable operations and social engagement.
That is why the company continues to develop a business model in which sustainability is at the heart of its service, its purchasing and all the solutions it creates for its customers.
As part of this commitment, Makro has signed a long-term renewable energy purchase and sale agreement with Iberdrola, whereby the energy company will supply green electricity to the company's shops for the next 15 years, starting with the Bormujos store (Seville), the one located in Zona Franca (Barcelona) and others to be added in the coming months.
This initiative will mean that Makro's centres will consume a high percentage of solar energy produced on the premises, which will help optimise energy consumption and contribute to the care of the environment and environmental sustainability during its operations.
Iberdrola is one of the world's leading energy companies, a leader in renewables, which is spearheading the energy transition to a low-emission economy. The group supplies energy to close to 100 million people in dozens of countries and carries out its renewables, networks and commercial activities in Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia, and maintains as growth platforms markets such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.
With a workforce of more than 37,000 people and assets in excess of €122,518 million, in 2020 it had revenues of more than €33 billion and net profit of €3,611 million. The company contributes to the maintenance of 400,000 jobs in its supply chain, with annual purchases of 14 billion euros. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, it has allocated more than 120 billion euros over the last two decades to building a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.
Makro, the Spanish subsidiary of the German group METRO, is the distribution company for the hotel and catering sector in Spain. It has more than 900,000 customers and 37 centres in 15 Autonomous Communities. Makro offers the hotel and catering trade an omnichannel shopping experience with more than 42,000 products, solutions and services adapted to their needs, focusing on local produce and fresh quality products. In the 2020/2021 financial year, Makro achieved consolidated sales of 1,097 million euros. More information at www.makro.es.
METRO is the leading international food and non-food wholesale company specialising in serving the needs of hotels, restaurants and caterers (HoReCa) and independent retailers. Worldwide, METRO has 17 million customers who benefit from the company's multi-channel mix. This allows customers to choose between shopping at one of its large-format centres or shopping online and picking it up in shop or having it delivered (Food Service Distribution, FSD). METRO also supports the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and independent businesses with digital solutions, thus contributing to diversity in the retail and hospitality industry. Sustainability is one of METRO's corporate principles and has therefore been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 8 years. METRO operates in more than 30 countries and employs more than 95,000 people worldwide. In the financial year 2020/21, METRO generated sales of EUR 24.8 billion. For more information, visit www.metroag.de MPULSE.deMETRO's online magazine.