In this report you can read about the six key aspects of the Corporate Strategic Plan for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change that have been deployed over the last six years. The full text will be published in the next issue of The World of MAPFRE.
MAPFRE has been working tirelessly to protect the environment since 2005. Its first challenge to help tackle climate change was to create a Corporate Strategic Plan for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (2014–2020). The strategy promotes the use of 100 percent renewable energy, sustainable mobility and waste reduction. It has played a critical role in cutting the Group’s carbon footprint by 51 percent, equivalent to 25,154 tons of CO2. Below we examine how, between all of us, this was made possible.
1. A strategy for success
All environmental actions at MAPFRE are currently governed by the Environmental, Energy and Carbon Footprint Management System (SIGMAYE), a strategic model that shapes the Group’s environmental plans and includes initiatives to minimize its environmental impact, energy use and carbon footprint. This system is designed based on international standards ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and ISO 14064, which MAPFRE reviews annually, providing objective evidence of our environmental efforts. The company has currently secured certification for 35 sites globally under the ISO 14001 standard (environmental management), 20 sites under the ISO 50001 standard (energy management) and six countries under the ISO 14064 standard (carbon footprint). This a successful model that has established common requirements across all Group companies, while also securing measurable and quantifiable objectives and helping to promote continuous improvement, which we consider a critical factor.
2. Green purchasing
MAPFRE adopted the concept of green purchasing in 2013, establishing the first corporate policy that included environmental criteria in purchasing processes. One good example is the entirety of energy purchased in Spain coming from 100 percent renewable sources. We demand that our energy suppliers provide certificates that guarantee the renewable origin of all power used at our facilities in Spain. This is further evidence of MAPFRE’s genuine commitment to harnessing natural resources and protecting the environment.
3. Power-saving computers
MAPFRE also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via efficient energy management. This includes using tools capable of remotely powering down employee computers. The automatic shutdown of computers and monitors saves about 20 percent of all power usage associated with office automation. The measure is currently active in Spain, where it is expected to reach more than 10,000 employees.
4. More natural light and less waste
MAPFRE is committed to running eco-efficient offices, meaning both its main buildings and sales network branches. To this end, it optimizes the use of natural light in all buildings, thus reducing energy usage on artificial lighting. It also uses water control mechanisms, such as automatic shut-off faucets and water-saving aerators (devices that mix water with air to reduce water usage), and promotes waste reduction. As a result, in Spain and Portugal we replaced a total of 1,500,000 plastic bottles with reusable glass during 2018, preventing the production of 25.8 tons of plastic waste and the release of 104 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. We also encourage responsible use of heating and air conditioning. A few years ago, we launched the Cool Biz campaign; an initiative encouraging employees to dress for the seasons to ensure a more sustainable and energy efficient workplace. We found that adjusting employee dressing habits in the summer and raising the interior temperature by just one degree reduced climate control power usage by 7 percent.
5. “All together for the Environment”
When it comes to protecting the planet, every little helps. The recent MAPFRE Global Volunteering Day offered a good example. More than 2,300 volunteers (made up of employees and family members) from 25 countries took part in the event during October, under the slogan “All Together for the Environment.” All of the volunteers pitched in, helping on two different types of activities: the restoration and reforestation of degraded areas and garbage cleanups for beaches, wetlands, riverbanks and forests. Volunteer participation was up by more than 40 percent compared to previous editions. In total, 76 volunteering activities were run in 70 cities around the world, seeing nearly 1,800 trees planted and more than 14 tons of garbage collected.
6. Sustainable mobility
Transport is one of the main drivers of global warming, which is why MAPFRE offers its employees several options to ensure that the company and their cities are more sustainable and less polluting. These include employee travel routes, bicycle parking, 46 power charging points to encourage employees to use their electric or hybrid vehicles, a video conferencing system to limit air travel, as well as remote working and flexible hours initiatives.
Our products and services likewise help to combat climate change
Overall, MAPFRE issued more than 57,300 policies in 2018 covering environment-related aspects, representing a premium volume in excess of 56 million euros and accounting for 0.25 percent of the Group’s total premiums. These products include renewable energy insurance (29,397 megawatts of wind farm power and 4,929 megawatts of solar farm power), the insurance of 43,765 low-emission vehicles via our Green Policy, and the insurance of sustainable crops and forests, specifically insuring a total of 108,195 hectares. Our environmental and energy services include roadside assistance for electric vehicles, for which the company has a fleet of 25 fully electric vehicles. Other significant services include research into repair techniques for vehicles involved in accidents, conducted at CESVIs (Centros de Experimentación y Seguridad Vial — Road safety experimentation centers) in Spain and Latin America. This helps to reduce use of contaminants such as paint and solvents, while minimizing the environmental impact of vehicle repairs. By using parts from vehicles declared a total loss, since 2004 the company prevented the emission of more than 47,500 tons of CO2, as well as the generation of 825 tons of glass and 1,200 tons of plastic annually at MAPFRE repair shops in Spain.