COP 20, the 20th United Nations Convention on Climate Change, began in the Peruvian capital Lima on 1 December. Until 12 December more than 10,000 delegates will attend the event to take part in annual negotiations in preparation for new agreements on global greenhouse gas reduction.
The Enel Group is taking part, showcasing its smart grid and e-mobility projects and services, bringing sustainability and protection of the environment together with the business of energy services. During the event, Edelnor was handed the 2013 Corresponsables award by the Spanish Corresponsables Foundation and the Peruvian Environment Ministry for the company's work in educating disadvantaged youth through its support to the Nuevo Pachacútec Technical Institute. Edelnor is also sponsor of the First National Environment Prize, which was created to reward those who perform best regarding the environment from among businesses, charitable organisations, schools and others.
On 8 December the Enel Foundation will present the study An Assessment of the Energy-Efficiency Gap and Its Implications for Climate-Change Policy, which was published as part of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and looks at energy efficiency today. It also highlights the key sectors for the future and aims to aid both improvements to the regulatory framework on efficiency and investment in policies that guide the energy market prices and incentives. Taking part for Enel will be Daniele Maria Agostini, head of Environmental and Low Carbon Policies - European Affairs Department, alongside representatives of Duke and Havard Universities.
Regarding sustainability the focus will be on the collaboration between Enel Green Power and Barefoot College as part of the UN's Enabling Electricity programme. The initiative sees the electrification of rural, urban and suburban areas through the training of women aged between 35 and 50 to install and maintain solar panels in their communities.
The summit is a key stage of the current roadmap, which was confirmed at COP 17 in Durban in 2011 and will help bring about a new global climate change agreement that will be signed during COP 21 in 2015.