Waiting for Rio+20: the role of companies

Published: 2012-02-21

Energy security, fighting poverty, green economy. The conference that KMPG and the UN Global Compact held on "Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth". Participants included Enel and its best practices in CSR.

The New York "Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+2014" conference was held starting from February 16th. It was organized by KPMG together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The main goal of the summit was to draw up indications for discussions at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ("Rio +20"), to be held in June 2012. Specifically, the conference offered a platform for debates among the 400 participants from the political, business and academic sectors, who shared best practices regarding energy security, environmental protection and combating climate change.

Participants included Marina Migliorato, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Relations with Associations at Enel, who at the New York event presented global experience of the Group, committed to promote a corporate model sustainable that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

For example, this commitment produced the partnership with the Barefoot College, the organization established by Bunker Roy, within the programme Enabling Electricity with which the Group is planning on providing access to electricity to 2 million people by 2013.

Actions to fight climate change are essential within the environmental policy of the Enel Group, which is engaged in renewable energy generation through Enel Green Power, and at the forefront in the development of technologies for emission reduction, like carbon capture and storage.

The New York summit showed the need to face risks and opportunities originating from population and consumption growth due to the expansion of the middle class at a global level, especially in emerging countries, by an increasing cooperation between the public and the private sectors.

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