Environmental policy


Managing environmental issues, combating climate change, protecting the environment and sustainable environmental development are strategic factors in carrying out and developing Enel’s activities and decisive in consolidating its leadership in energy markets.

Since 1996 Enel has had an environmental policy which is based on four fundamental principles:

  1. protecting the environment by preventing impacts on it;
  2. improving and promoting the environmental features of products and services;
  3. creating value for the Company;
  4. satisfying and going beyond the legal obligations of compliance and voluntary commitments;

and pursues ten strategic objectives:

  1. Applying to the entire organization internationally acknowledged Environmental Management Systems inspired by the principle of continuous improvement and defining environmental indicators to measure the environmental performance of the entire organization.
  1. Annual maintenance of ISO 14001 certifications
  2. Rationalization and simplification of certifications present in the various organizational areas; search for synergies and sharing of environmental management experiences under the ISO 14001 certification of the Enel Group
  1. Achieving the ideal insertion of industrial plant and buildings in the local area, while protecting biodiversity.
  1. Projects to protect biodiversity (conservation of the habitats of protected species, reintroduction of particular species, collaboration with research centers and nature observers, replanting of indigenous flora)
  2. Bio-monitoring (land, seas, rivers)
  3. Insulation or replacement of bare cables on electricity power lines in order to protect birds
  4. Works to mitigate the visual impact of generation and distribution plant and mines
  5. Development and update of a Group Plan for Biodiversity
  1. Reducing environmental impact by applying the best available technologies and best practice in the stages of plant construction, operation and decommissioning.
  1. Assessment of the environmental impact from the construction of plant or significant changes
  2. Study and sustainable use of BAT (Best Available Technologies)
  3. Protection, monitoring and restoration of the quality of surface water, soil and subsoil in areas around the plant
  4. Development and application of best practices
  1. Leadership in renewable sources and in low-emission electricity generation and efficient use of energy and water resources and raw materials.
  1. Gradual expansion of plant for generation from renewable sources
  2. Improvement of the efficiency of generation plant (use of higher yield components and/or processes, reduction in the consumption of auxiliary services)
  3. Reduction in grid losses associated with electricity distribution (optimal grid design, use of larger diameter cables and electric components with lower level of losses)
  4. Mapping and monitoring of all generation plant in order to identify possible water stress and intervening, where necessary, through more efficient water resource management
  5. In-house recycling of water for industrial use
  6. Creation of value from ash and gypsum from coal and lignite as raw materials in external generation processes
  7. Interventions to promote energy efficiency in final use (distribution of more energy efficient products for lighting and heating of environments, use of more energy efficient lamps in public lighting)
  8. Dissemination of systems such as smart meters, efficient technologies and tariff options to raise awareness and encourage the efficient use of electricity by the customer
  9. Analysis of the international scenarios on the use of water resources
  1. Optimal waste and effluents management.
  1. Reduction in waste production
  2. Reduction in the pollution load of effluents
  3. Increase in the recovery percentage of waste and effluents produced
  4. Qualified selection of suppliers of disposal services and use of IT systems to trace the waste
  1. Development of innovative technologies for the environment.
  1. Systems to increase efficiency and limit emissions
  2. Smart grids
  3. Innovative renewables (photovoltaic, geothermal, wind, sea energy)
  4. Multigeneration systems and storage systems
  5. Electric transport
  1. Communication to citizens, institutions and other stakeholders regarding the Company’s environmental management and results.
  1. Publication of the Sustainability Report and open data access to the Group’s main environmental parameters
  2. Communication with analysts and participation in various sustainability indices
  3. Initiatives to open plant to the public
  4. Websites disseminating environmental initiatives
  1. Training and raising awareness of employees on environmental issues.
  1. Periodic training on environmental issues
  2. Intranet with analyses of issues
  1. Promotion of sustainable environmental practices at suppliers, contractors and customers.
  1. Use of qualification criteria for suppliers based on environmental performance
  2. Information-giving/training on significant environmental aspects in the work start stage through the transmission of the Environmental policy and explanation of the means of managing impacts produced by the activities undertaken (waste, emissions, discharges, etc.)
  3. Assessment of suppliers based on environmental performance of the activities carried out on behalf of Enel
  1. Satisfying legal compliance obligations and voluntary commitments
  1. Guaranteeing that operations are carried out in compliance with such obligations and commitments
  2. Assessing the fulfillment of obligations and commitments entered into
  3. Correcting any cases of non-compliance in regard to the obligations and voluntary commitments entered into