Partnerships to develop innovations such as storage or marine energy; agreements with institutions and companies to increase the competitiveness and efficiency of renewables; alliances to build sustainability that is rooted in the daily life of local communities. Examples of shared projects that make EGP's worldwide business sustainable
“What is the sound of one hand clapping?”. This question, which is part of a traditional Zen story, uses a paradox to express a simple truth: achievements and success are not accomplished alone.
Breakthroughs and new scenarios to be explored are an everyday reality in our present world: collaboration is becoming practically unavoidable to effectively respond to the present global and local challenges.
Open innovation, the sharing economy and partnerships in the public and private sector are very different ways to apply the same model of collaboration: knowledge and skill sharing is the foundation of projects that are born and developed to achieve the common objective of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Collaboration and sharing are both the method and the goal of sustainable business. The Creating Shared Value - (CSV) model, extended by Enel Green Power to all its activities, expresses this double connotation and is documented by very different operational examples.
EGP’s technological partnerships involve large multinationals, small startups and individual innovators: in fact, alliances with Tesla, General Electric or Samsung for the development of energy storage systems to be embedded into renewable plants have been established alongside those with innovative businesses – such as the Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC) developed by EGP together with Wave for Energy, a spin-off of the Polytechnic of Turin – and individual startuppers like the winners of the recent Innovation competition.
Institutions and energy operators are essential partners for the sustainable development of the renewables business. Competitiveness, efficiency and regulations benefit from the various actors of the clean energy sector by sharing experiences and activities. Recent examples are documented by the Charter for Sustainable Wind Power Renewal, as well as EGP’s joint venture in the Italian solar PV with F2I.
Communities and local associations are also at the centre of this new path for growth involving sharing and collaborating. Building the common good together is the cornerstone of the projects that EGP is carrying out in the various countries in which it operates. The partnerships with the Indian NGO Barefoot College and with the South African organisations Ubuntu and Mother2Mother are examples that demonstrate the commitment and the results originating from the awareness that a sustainable world can only be achieved through everyone’s contribution.