Biodiversity: New Policy for the Enel Group

Published on Monday, 25 May 2015

On the occasion of the World Biodiversity Day, celebrated on May 22nd, Enel presented its policy in this field, integrating the Group's environmental policy, of which biodiversity is already one of the ten strategic objectives. This document is a further step forward as regards protected species, ecosystem and natural environment safeguard initiatives, in which the Group has been active for many years. In fact the new policy allows to set a number of principles guiding action favouring biodiversity and to express a common vision in this field.

The document, signed by CEO Francesco Starace, was developed to contribute to the objectives of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) under the 2011-2020 Biodiversity Strategic Plan and the associated 20 objectives, known as Aichi targets after the Japanese town in which they were presented to the international community.

Enel's commitment to biodiversity protection results in ongoing initiatives and programmes in 13 countries in which the Group companies operate within very dissimilar ecosystems and with projects that regard the various aspects of the energy supply chain, from generation to distribution, and therefore present different interactions with the environment.

From Europe to Latin America various projects are devoted to the safeguard of protected species or entire ecosystems. Among the most significant an ongoing programme in Chile, in the region of Huinay, which involves flora and fauna in an area of more than 34,000 hectares, extending from the fiords on the coast to the borders with Argentina, a privileged location as regards biodiversity. Another important project is carried out inside the Fortuna forest reserve, on the coast of Panama, a site of exceptional naturalistic value covering around 19,500 hectares, included in Unesco's 'World Biosphere Reserves'. On the other shore of the Atlantic, in Europe, several projects are ongoing, including  that for the safeguard of the wild fauna at the Alti Monti Tatra national park, which has also been acknowledged with the European Union's "Business & Biodiversity Award".

Working together with local communities, research centres and associations, a pillar of the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model that the Group has introduced within each one of its fields of activity, is an essential element of biodiversity protection projects that are also part of everyday life for entire communities and range from the recovery of fish in waters, to the safeguard of migratory birds, vegetation and hydro-geological ecosystems.

Biodiversity protection is a daily commitment for Enel, as witnessed, for example, by projects launched in Italy to safeguard nests made on Enel's pylons by white storks that have migrated from Africa or to build an artificial passageway to facilitate the upstream migration of fish and allow them to bypass the dam of the Isola Serafini hydroelectric plant.