World Environment Day: Enel’s contribution to the #OnlyOneEarth movement
The late astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home." To put the universe into perspective, think of the following: there are approximately 285 galaxies for each person on Earth and scientists estimate that there are at least six billion planets in our galaxy alone. With all this said, there is only one place we call home, and that is Earth.
World Environment Day is celebrated annually on June 5 and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
This year we are joining the #OnlyOneEarth movement in raising awareness of the necessary actions that must be taken to ensure that we are all contributing to the healing of the planet.
Since the birth of Enel, we have made it our mission to ensure global prosperity through ethical practices, environmentally friendly processes and an overall goal to drive sustainable progress to ensure decarbonization. Here’s a peak of some of the methods in which we are making our mark to create a better Earth for all.
For many years, the Enel Group has seen decarbonisation and the circular economy as a single theme, focusing on renewable sources, electrification and a circular approach across the entire supply chain.
From measurement, target and co-innovation with our suppliers, to the circular innovations of our giga factory for photovoltaics in Sicily, to a second life for batteries as in Melilla, to the reuse of 100% of the plastic from old generation meters in the new ones that replace them.
Sustainability also implies corporate responsibility. In relation to new energy plants, and in particular renewable ones, the potential exposure to a biodiversity risk is highlighted starting from the phase of feasibility analysis, taking into account the geographic proximity of the sites to protected or important biodiversity areas, and the potential presence of endangered species. At Enel we have renewable plants all over the world, and with this, we ensure the management and protection of biodiversity in the surroundings of our production sites.
Through periodic monitoring and safeguarding of local species based on our knowledge of the area, we are constantly trying to mitigate environmental impact by optimizing our processes through our business lines and at Group level.
Consciousness along business lines
Throughout the different business lines at Enel, we strive to constantly challenge the status quo through different collaborations, initiatives and programs.
Enel Green Power (EGP) is no stranger to creating new processes that change the way we work as a Group. It has launched an experimental program on agrovoltaics, involving nine solar plants in Spain, Italy and Greece. The objective of this program is to demonstrate the coexistence of large solar plants with agro-zoological activities, thus promoting the conservation of local biodiversity. This unique approach promotes better shading and reduction of water stress due to less direct solar radiation on the crop itself. Starting in 2022 and moving forward, this program will safeguard local species through categorization, monitoring and necessary action.