All-round sustainability in Latin America

Published on Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Grow cacti in a greenhouse, produce vegetables in hydroponic gardens, raise cattle and even ants. Enel's projects in the world are not only limited to large solar PV plants in South Africa and Chile or smart grids in Italy and Spain. In the 31 countries in which the Group operates projects are ongoing, and have been for some years, that apparently have little in common with the energy business. However they are an integral part of Enel's activities, which is increasingly committed to becoming immersed in each specific context to promote all-round sustainable development wherever it is present.

The Creating Shared Value (CSV) model is one of Enel's distinctive traits in the world. The Group is committed to making sustainability not simply a declaration of intent or an objective for its energy generation and distribution activities. By building a constant relation of mutual exchanges with the local populations, in particular those that live close to the Group's traditional production plants and those using renewable resources, Enel gives shape to a complete vision of sustainable development combining the activities most closely related to energy generation with all the aspects that qualify and characterise the daily life of the communities and the surrounding territory.

Feeding the plant, energy for life is the theme of Milan's ongoing EXPO 2015 but could also very well summarise and describe the many sustainability projects that Enel promotes together with the local populations of the countries in which it operates, aimed to improve the food supply chain from production to trade. The localisation of Enel's ongoing projects ranges from the mountainous areas of Colombia's Cundinamarca to the Russian lakes in the Urals, from the large Italian and Spanish urban centres to the small fishermen's villages in Mexico and Panama. And the activities are very different, as are the cultures and traditions of the populations who live in these areas: just a few examples are needed, even only focusing on Latin America, to seize the geographical and social diversification of the contexts in which these initiatives take place. In 2014, in San Luis Potosí in Mexico, at Enel Green Power's Dominica I and II wind farms, 180 green species were reforested, a greenhouse was built to grow cacti and an activity started aimed at the sustainable use of larvae and ant eggs in food production. In Chile, starting from 2011, the company supports agriculture in seven communities near the Pullingue hydropower plant by building greenhouses and providing technical assistance to some 400 local farmers for the marketing of foodstuff. And the long list of projects also includes the Curibamba coffee cultivations in Peru, where Enel has helped improve the whole production chain by annexing 25 hectares of cultivable land, 125,000 new plants and the use of new machines.