The common need for sustainable development and the energy transition have opened up new scenarios. These have led us to launch Futur-e, our largest circular economy project, which involves the repurposing of 23 thermal power plants and a former mining area.
Our model, which is based on the principles of the circular economy, focuses on environmental, social and economic sustainability in order to identify, together with local communities, potential circular and long-term solutions that can transform these areas into development opportunities for local communities.
The project’s key elements are:
- reuse of the assets, which are not completely decommissioned but repurposed for new roles, also through energy reconversion
- tenders and contests that prioritise circularity criteria
- stakeholder engagement: extensive listening tours in the local areas and direct discussions with local government, business partners and citizens, in order to decide what action to take
- sustainability during the construction phase: projects follow the “sustainable construction site” guidelines developed by Enel
Sharing and reusing materials, sustainable practices and increased participation: Futur-e is not just an innovative project for the repurposing of industrial sites, but also the practical demonstration of the benefits of the circular economy. Indeed, it has been internationally recognised as a best practice by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), among others.
Visit the Futur-e section in order to find out more about the project and about the state of the plants involved in it.