Enel Making Tourism Sustainable

Published on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Enel is helping to establish a new way of holidaying, making tourism sustainable. For decades now the whole world has been considered a potential holiday destination, with previously unreachable places becoming accessible to millions of people from around the beginning of the 1980s. Within this new world of global travelling responsible tourism started to take off, as people who travelled wanted to do so while protecting the environment and respecting local cultures. Increasingly widespread awareness of these issues helped the development of sustainable tourism, which takes care of the infrastructure of holiday destinations and combines efficient services for tourists, economic benefits for local people and protection of the local environment.

Eight bloggers are taking part in Endesa's Planeta Twenergy project, writing about sustainable lifestyles in several popular tourist destinations around the world. The eight sustainable globetrotters use videos and posts to report on frequently unknown examples and case histories of the phenomenon, which range from a sustainable supermarket in California to an environmentally-friendly hotel near the Great Wall of China and the hay houses in Pramaggiore in Italy.

Enel is helping the development of sustainable tourism with its innovative ideas and technology, with the smart solutions realised in Europe and Latin America meeting the needs of a whole range of popular tourist destinations. Sustainable public transport, smart street and monument lighting and the protection of parks and nature reserves are at the heart of projects that help to make tourist attractions sustainable for the millions of people travelling to see them.

Boat sharing in Venice or electric water-taxis in the Brazilian town of Bouzios are just two examples of how Enel is helping to make sustainable mobility available to both local people and tourists. The smart street lighting systems that Enel Sole manages on the Italian island of Giglio and Lima Ciudad de Luces, which has seen Edelnor light monuments in the Peruvian capital, were conceived to allow residents and tourists to make the most of natural and architectural splendours.

Added to this is the long list of biodiversity protection projects that show once more the extent to which Enel is committed to a vision of sustainable development that goes beyond just electricity infrastructure and involves villages, national parks and tourist itineraries that each year host millions of people.