Enel is a globally acknowledged benchmark for social responsibility and environmental commitment. CEO Fulvio Conti explained how and why this is so in an interview that was published on the global sustainability magazine Planet B.
"Enel’s business plans are based on creating synergies that impact the environment and society positively, as well as obtaining adequate financial returns", said Conti. In short, sustainability and business do not contrast, on the contrary, they are a closely connected and successful combination.
This combination works out, for instance, to electrify developing countries: "It is imperative for Enel to do its part in guaranteeing access to energy where it’s unavailable. Energy is an irreplaceable keystone in increasing industrial and agricultural production, creating jobs, improving education and healthcare, as well as opening new opportunities for development ". To this end Enel launched the Enabling Electricity programme to build the necessary infrastructure and make local communities central in the electrification process, especially in Latin America.
Conti emphasised that Enel’s is also committed to environmental protection: "In 2011, roughly 42% of our energy production was generated without emissions of carbon dioxide. If this trend continues, by 2035 we will reduce emissions by one third compared with 2008 levels, and annul them altogether by 2050".
Enel’s efforts in the field of sustainability were confirmed in 2011 by the admission in two prestigious organizations: the Carbon Performance Leadership Index of the Carbon Disclosure Project, which rewards efforts for emissions reduction, and the UN Global Compact LEAD, which reunites the best companies in the world in terms of sustainability.