The US breaks away, but the future is green

Published on Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The breakaway of the United States will not stop a now irreversible process: the future is green. At the event organized by Enel and the Kyoto Club for World Environment Day, it is difficult to leave out the recent fiery political debate: President Trump's decision to abandon the Paris Agreement on climate.

The topic of the discussion is decarbonisation and the circular economy, subjects that are very dear to Enel, as explained by Carlo Tamburi, Head of Country Italy at Enel, in the event opening. He pointed out that our Group “has been at the forefront for its commitment to sustainability for some years now” and that it “has adopted four of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN's 2030 Agenda.”

Those same goals are the guiding light at the first Sustainable Development Festival, in addition to the over 200 events scattered all over Italy for 17 days, just as many as the UN SDGs are. They have been organised by Asvis, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development which brings together 160 of the most important institutions, civil society networks and businesses. Enel included. And of course, it is the protagonist of many events such as the 5th June conference.

“Enel has become a point of reference for our companies,” explains Gianni Silvestrini, Scientific Director of the Kyoto Club. “Today, thanks to the declining costs of technology, incentives are no longer needed and photovoltaic technology will be the queen of the energy transition.” Trump's decision? “It is a boomerang, because even US companies are in favour of the Paris Agreement. The process is irreversible. Even California has decided to change gear and has set 2045 as the year for completing the transition to renewables.”

The Enel model is also cited by Edoardo Zanchini, Vice President of Legambiente, and Andrea Bianchi, Director of Industrial Policies at Confindustria, who recalled that “up to 20 years ago businesses were part of the problem, now they are the solution,” as stressed by the document in favour of decarbonisation and the circular economy signed at the B7 in April and then repudiated by the G7 in May.

Enrico Viale, Director of Global Thermal Generation at Enel, explained the circular economy model at Enel. “Technology has allowed us to produce in an increasingly sustainable manner. With the Futur-e project, we are revitalising the 23 power stations that powered Italy's industrial growth: A circular economy project carried out together with communities and other partners to create shared value.”

“The circular economy is not only the economy of waste management: it requires rethinking production and products starting from the roots” concluded Raffaele Tiscar, Head of Cabinet of the Italian Environment Ministry. He confirmed that by July the Italian Council of Ministers will approve the Italian National Sustainable Development Strategy. It is a document much awaited by all those sectors which in recent weeks have animated the first Sustainable Development Festival all over Italy. Starting from Enel.