At EnergyLOOP we care about how we live now and how future generations will live. This is why we are committed to the recycling of wind turbines within the framework of the circular economy.
In this context, EnergyLOOP will contribute to the transformation of the wind sector, through investment in integrated recycling solutions, into a true circular economy. This initiative will also improve their competitiveness and sustainability through the research and implementation of new recycling technologies, which will enable them to absorb the increasing amounts of waste and adopt increasingly efficient solutions.
Leading the recycling of renewable installation components, one of the sector's greatest medium- and long-term challenges. An initiative that also contributes to the energy transition and to boosting the circular economy in Spain.
This project will be the first on an industrial scale in Europe and will place Spain at the technological forefront of this industry. It will also contribute to the creation of an innovative and dynamic value chain. For this purpose, EnergyLOOP expects to create around 100 direct and indirect jobs over the decade and plans to invest around 10 million euros in the first installation.
FCC Ámbito, a leading company in circular economy services
FCC Ámbito is the subsidiary of FCC Servicios Medio Ambiente specialising in the integrated management of industrial and commercial waste, recovery of by-products and soil decontamination. Overall, it has a total of 39 treatment centres in Spain and Portugal, with more than 67 processing lines that guarantee the functionality of the facilities.
FCC Servicios Medio Ambiente is the FCC Group company that has been providing municipal services and integrated waste management for 120 years, serving more than 60 million people in 5,200 municipalities around the world. In 2021, the company managed 24 million tonnes of waste and produced around four million tonnes of secondary raw materials and waste-derived fuel.
The company has more than 770 operational waste management facilities, of which nearly 200 are environmental complexes dedicated to waste treatment and recycling, including 11 waste-to-energy projects with a capacity of 3.2 million tonnes per year and 360 MW of non-fossil electricity.
Aligned with FCC Environment's 2050 Sustainability Strategy
FCC Ámbito brings its extensive experience in the recycling and marketing of secondary raw materials to the definition of the operational processes in the development of EnergyLOOP projects. The incorporation of new technologies in this type of project will enable FCC Ámbito to consolidate and position itself as a key player in the country's circular economy processes, a fundamental pillar of FCC Environment's 2050 Sustainability Strategy.
This Sustainability Strategy is a roadmap for business development over 30 years that includes very demanding objectives and commitments of high added value for the company and society as a whole, and which are grouped into four lines of action: environmental, social, excellence and good governance.
The circular economy, at the core of the Iberdrola Group's sustainable business model
The creation of EnergyLOOP, which responds to Iberdrola's commitment to a sustainable energy model, is part of its PERSEO Venture Building programme to promote the development of innovative industrial companies working in new areas of electrification and in sectors that are difficult to decarbonise.
Iberdrola defines its circular economy strategy as a process that affects its entire value chain, both its own production processes and those of its suppliers and customers. The group prioritises the contracting of companies with environmental management systems and promotes, together with its suppliers, eco-design, the analysis of the life cycle of products and the use of materials with low environmental impact.
The company also promotes the circular economy by reducing the use of natural resources through its commitment to decarbonisation and electrification, and the more sustainable use of natural resources by promoting the use of more efficient and cleaner technologies and processes. It also encourages research to develop solutions to waste use and promotes responsible consumption with environmental awareness programmes.
In 2017, Iberdrola joined the Pact for a Circular Economy: The commitment of economic and social agents 2018-2020, which the Spanish Government signed with the European Commission within the framework of the European Strategy for Growth 2020 and the so-called Roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe.
The Pact, which was signed by public and private entities, seeks to involve Spain's main economic and social agents in the transition towards a new economic model.
PERSEO Iberdrola Ventures, 15 years innovating with start-ups and new business models
Since its creation in 2008, PERSEO has invested 100 million euros in start-ups that develop innovative technologies and business models, focusing on those that improve the sustainability of the energy sector through further electrification and decarbonisation of the economy.
The programme has focused its actions on the analysis of business opportunities and technological collaboration with start-ups and emerging companies around the world, analysing 300 companies each year and creating an ecosystem of almost 7,500 entrepreneurial companies. This investment facility currently holds a portfolio of eight companies.
Using PERSEO, Iberdrola carries out more than 25 real tests of technologies per year, which serve as a first step towards establishing a commercial relationship or partnership with the entrepreneurs. The group has also launched a total of fourteen challenges in the last two years, in which 700 start-ups have participated.