Enel and IUCN together to push biodiversity best practices

Published on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Biodiversity is an investment for the future, for society, and for Enel.  That’s why our Group has signed a one-year agreement with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global authority on the status of the natural world.

Under the agreement IUCN will strengthen our company’s biodiversity best practices and will support the development of new systems and tools to measure the effectiveness of our biodiversity conservation activities.

More specifically, IUCN will help our Group to assess the biodiversity risks and opportunities associated with thermal and renewable plants, it will analyse and advise on best practices to avoid and minimise the impact on biodiversity at the site level.

It will also develop a corporate reporting framework on biodiversity aligned with the global UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which our Group integrated into its business strategies as confirmed by the Sustainability Report 2017-2019 where actions and targets are planned based on the order of the 17 SDGs. As part of the agreement IUCN experts will travel to Italy, Mexico, Chile, and Brazil to visit Enel’s plants.

“We are pleased to cooperate with IUCN, which is a recognised global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. This partnership, in line with our sustainability approach, enables us to conjugate business objectives with the targets of the global sustainability agenda. With IUCN, in particular, we would like to contribute to the SDG 14 and 15 devoted to the protection of biodiversity, land and sea” said Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s Head of Innovation and Sustainability, who together with Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Global Renewables, North and Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and Enrico Viale, Head of Global Thermal Generation, signed the agreement on behalf of the company.

“Increasingly, progressive companies like Enel recognise that conserving biodiversity and reporting on these actions is critical to their long-term success,” said IUCN Global Director Stewart Maginnis. “IUCN looks forward to working with Enel to create new systems to help the company measure its biodiversity impacts and benefits related to their energy infrastructures, which then can be mainstreamed at the sectoral level.”

Founded in 1948, IUCN is a membership union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources, and reach of its 1,300 member organisations and the input of more than 15,000 experts. IUCN has observer and consultative status at the United Nations and plays a key role in the implementation of several international conventions on nature conservation and biodiversity.