The common need for sustainable development that has opened up new scenarios has led Enel to launch Futur-e, a full-scale economy project for the redevelopment of 23 thermal power plants, which involves working side by side with local communities to identfy new usages for the sites.
The Futur-e model is centered on the system’s sustainability to jointly define, through public calls and contests of ideas , possible circular and long-term solutions to transform these areas into a new local development opportunity.
Futur-e applies circular economy principles by creating a very large scale, comprehensive project including the approach by which all the facilities are managed as a single portfolio and best practices for the application of tailor-made solutions for each plant.
The following are the most significant elements of the project:
- reusing assets for new usage rather than being dismantled;
- tenders and contests of ideas based on circularity: circular economy principles are key criteria for proposal evaluation;
- stakeholder engagement: paying great attention to the needs of local governments, business partners, and citizens, keeping an extensive dialogue to define the necessary actions;
- sustainable redevelopment: construction sites are built according to the "Sustainable construction site" guidelines developed by Enel.
Sharing, reusing materials and plants, sustainable practices and increased participation: Futur-e is not just an innovative project for the transformation of dismantled power plants, but also the practical demonstration of the benefits of circular economy.
To find out more on the project and on ongoing calls for tender, visit the section.