Enel and sustainable tourism

Published on Friday, 27 March 2015

Electric mobility in arts cities, solar photovoltaic and small hydro for mountain shelters, energy efficiency systems for hotels and hostels: the combination of sustainability and innovation is increasingly valued by the touristic industry, which is growingly aware that visitors and excursionists greatly appreciate services that respect the environment and the territory. That's why public administrations, associations and individual commercial businesses increasingly request Enel's partnership, due to its ability to offer low-carbon solutions that combine innovation and clean energy. So that in Italy, Spain, Chile and Slovakia, the Group's companies are involved in various small and large projects that differ from one to another.

Enel's renewable energy rises at high altitudes in Italy and Slovakia thanks to solar photovoltaic and small-hydro that are used at mountain shelters and chalets. For instance, Enel Green Power has installed the innovative concentrated thermodynamic cogeneration system Trinum at the CAI shelter at Corno del Renon, in the Italian province of Bolzano, while Enel Distribuzione has used next-generation solar PV panels to renew the 2433-metre high Franchetti shelter on the Gran Sasso slopes. Additionally, in Slovakia Slovenské elektrárne has promoted green energy generation at four mountain chalets on the Alta Tatra chain, by installing solar panels and small hydropower turbines within the "Energy for the Country" programme.

Electric mobility in arts and touristic cities is another example of how low-carbon solutions are increasingly part of touristic services. While in Venice Enel is helping to develop the first hydrogen and electricity powered hybrid boat for public transportation, at Bùzios - within the smart city that the Group built in Brazil - already three years ago Ampla started testing an electric water-taxi service. Finally, another project that is relevant for tourism and arts cities regards the widespread installation of electric recharging infrastructure for e-mobility, which is being developed in Pisa, Florence and Siena.

Energy efficiency and responsible consumption are the two key elements of the energy management project that in Spain involves Endesa and the Paradores, a hotel chain that includes several historical and artistic buildings. To this end, the Group's company in Spain is developing integrated solutions aimed to increase lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling efficiency in rooms and service premises at 94 hotels.