Enel Developing Sustainable mobility in Colombia

Published on Monday, 7 July 2014

For the Enel Group's employees in Colombia, sustainable mobility has become an everyday practice: for almost three years they have been the earliest participants in a carbon-free lifestyle, covering more than 300,000 kilometres with zero emissions vehicles.

More than 32 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions have been avoided thanks to e-mobility projects developed by Group companies Codensa and Gamesa that give employees electric vehicles for their daily commutes. The initiative, which takes place in capital city Bogotá, is part of the Zero CO2 Emissions programme that was launched in 2011 in order to help the spread of e-mobility.

'The programme is proving an excellent opportunity to enhance the city's sustainability,' Endesa Colombia CEO Lucio Rubio Díaz explained. 'It also improves quality of life for both the city's inhabitants and for our employees.'

Colombia's largest environmentally-friendly corporate fleet consists of 16 electric cars and 48 electric bicycles that have been a big success among employees. The E-Bike to Work commuting initiative has already seen more than 300 Codensa and Gamesa employees take part in almost 12,000 voyages.

The initiative is part of a range of e-mobility projects that the Enel Group is developing to turn carbon-free transport into a daily practice in the majority of the 40 countries it operates in. From Spain to Italy, Brazil and Chile, more and more agreements are being signed with automotive manufacturers, local governments and research centres, and charging infrastructure is being installed in an increasing number of places.

The 1.830 million Colombian peso investment for the purchase of vehicles and the creation of the necessary charging infrastructure in the first year of the programme has also allowed the two companies to save 16 million Colombian pesos that would have been spent on fuel and for the maintenance of vehicles used in its operations.