The Italian Sustainable Development Festival: EGP and the Path of Shared Commitment

Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2018

“Enel and Enel Green Power participated in the Festival by bringing vision, experience and examples of their commitment to sustainability, which they turn into concrete actions to improve people’s lives every day.”

Widespread Sustainability

The Italian Sustainable Development Festival is the main Italian contribution to European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) and was sponsored by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS). With its 200 members, it’s the largest civil society network ever created in Italy

“ASviS’ goal is to spread a culture of sustainability and promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) featured in the UN’s 2030 Agenda.”

During the programme’s 17 days, the same number as the UN's SDGs, the Festival included testimonies, dialogues and debates which led to an initiative to raise awareness and cultural and political development throughout the country.

Clean Energy for All

Enel Green Power has made the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals its own for some time, focusing especially on those linked to energy, innovation, well-being of communities, responsible use of resources and the fight against climate change.

These topics were discussed specifically on 6 June at the MAXXI in Rome, as part of the conference “Renewable energy for all and the fight against climate change: two integrated stimuli for the sustainability of economic and social development”. Speakers included Carlo Tamburi, Director of Enel Italy, and Giovanni Tula, Head of Innovation and Sustainability for EGP.

As a leading company in the renewable energy sector, our job is to try to respond promptly to the issues raised by the energy revolution underway: combine environmental protection with the need to produce affordable energy and make it accessible to all. Renewable energy sources, adapting to diverse energy needs both in developing countries and mature markets, are the best response to the change.

“Thanks to the innovation and sustainability at the heart of our strategy, renewables sources will be increasingly affordable, flexible, adaptable and inclusive of the communities they interact with. The transition to a more sustainable reality is in progress, and we aim to lead it.”

– Giovanni Tula, Head of Innovation and Sustainability for EGP

From South Africa to Colombia, from Mexico to Kenya, we are committed to improving the lives of the people living near our plants, sponsoring projects for education and employment, to fight hunger, for stable access to clean energy and for the protection of the environment.

The Energy of the Territory

Our tomorrow belongs to the youth of today, who must learn what kind of energy will power their future and what opportunities their country can offer. As part of the Festival, we organised initiatives at and near our plants, involving children from local schools. 

“On 5 June, together with the Italian Federation for Sport Fishing and Underwater Activities (FIPSAS) we sponsored a day at the Lake of Caccamo (Macerata), dedicated to the artificial basin that has been generating energy for local towns since the 1950s.”

The day was a chance to present an agreement we’ve signed with the community of Monti Azzurri, which will make it possible to use the lake’s waters for recreation and tourism. This will create an opportunity for sustainable economic development for the hinterlands of the Marche region, hard hit by the 2016 earthquake.

The Long Road to Sustainability

On 9 June, in the province of Palermo, we opened the doors of the Gangi wind farm, organising a day dedicated to the environment and sustainable energy, together with local associations. During the event, our technicians and workers showed off the plant’s characteristics.

“Opened in 2005, the Gangi wind farm is made up of 32 wind turbines, able to produce 58.4 million kilowatt hours and meet the energy needs of 21,000 households.”

Thinking “globally” and acting “locally” is one of the main characteristics of EGP’s business around the world, aimed at following the long road to sustainability every day. This is why we saw The Italian Sustainable Development Festival as an important opportunity for discussion and an incentive to follow a path that is still full of challenges.