The United Nations demonstrated its commitment to addressing electricity access issues in 2011 when it launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative and declaring the 2014-2024 decade as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All at the following year's Assembly. Enel is supporting these initiatives with its Enabling Electricity programme. The international CSR initiative, which was launched in 2011, was expected to double the number of its beneficiaries by 2014, but it managed to achieve this goal with a year to spare, supplying power to more than 2.3 million people.
Enabling Electricity is carrying out more than 30 projects in 20 countries that focus on three key areas: access to technology and infrastructure, capacity building and the removal of economic barriers. Urban areas in South America often suffer from the presence of open-air dumps and theft of electricity, and Ecoelce and Ecoampla in Brazil and Ecochilectra in Chile are two programmes created in order to promote legal electricity use. Customers who collect and recycle their waste receive discounts on their bills based on the quantity and type of waste that they bring to local collection points.
The Luces para aprender project aims to improve the quality of life for children in communities with serious social problems by promoting social and digital inclusion. PV solar panels have been installed in a number of schools and homes in Union Cordorbamba in Peru, giving communities access to the Ministry of Education's platform via internet and satellite. The programme will be brought into Brazilian schools in September.
Enel's ongoing partnership with the Indian NGO Barefoot College is aiding the electrification of rural areas and female empowerment across South America. The project has enabled the installation of over 1,000 solar kits in 36 communities to date.