For more than half a century we have been powering Italy, bringing light, technology, innovation and progress to every corner of the country. Based on these foundations we have evolved over time, developing new expertise that has made Enel a global leader in today’s energy sector.
In 2015, we embraced the strategic direction of adopting a sustainable and integrated business model. This decision enabled us to take full advantage of the opportunities linked to the global trends of decarbonization and electrification.
Our strategic Plan aims to further accelerate the decarbonization of our generation mix, through substantial investments in renewable energies that, thanks to greater competitiveness and reliability, have become an integral part of the Italian energy scenario.
The digitalization of electricity grids and the gradual shift towards a platform-based model are also key factors in a plan that includes investments that are increasingly integrated with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to which we have made our own formal commitments and set precise targets.
Among the Goals to which we are directly linked is SDG#7, which aims to ensure universal access to sustainable energy. This is a goal to which we are also committed with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), a high profile international non-profit organization that works in close contact with the UN and is chaired by Francesco Starace, our CEO and General Manager. According to Starace, energy plays a key role in the global agenda in leading the world along a route to sustainability, and it is fundamental on this front to focus on multilateral interventions, especially in the field of energy efficiency and renewables.
It is precisely in the renewables sector, where thanks to the 2020 total of 49 GW of managed capacity of Enel Green Power, the Group has become the global leader. With around 28.7 billion euros of overall investments assigned for the three-year cycle 2020-2022 (+11% compared with the previous plan) we are set to continue on our journey driving the energy transition.
We are also the leading grid operator with 74 million final users, the largest retail consumer base in the world.
Some important projects, conceived right here in Italy, have been introduced for our customers. The plan to install latest-generation Open Meters will seize on the opportunities offered by new digital technologies and provide innovative services for a more conscious use of energy.
In order to face the challenges posed by the transformation of the energy sector, with Enel X – founded in 2017 – we are developing new innovative products and services that are focused on sustainability and energy efficiency for the home, apartment buildings, factories and cities.
In particular, Enel X is committed to promoting electric mobility with the development of an extensive network of charging infrastructure. We aim to install 18,000 charging points by 2022, spread across urban centers but also on the main out-of-town routes, in order to facilitate the use of electric vehicles for long journeys.
Through our Open Fiber subsidiary, we are contributing to laying fiber-optic cable all over Italy, with the goal of eliminating the “digital poverty” that still affects some areas of the country.
We will continue our work with the utmost commitment: bringing energy to people, to communities and to Italy. It is what we have been doing for more than half a century, alongside our customers, changing the way we produce and use electricity, driving the energy transition, innovating and extending our services, which are increasingly designed to meet people’s needs. Choosing sustainability generates shared value not only for the company, but also for all of the stakeholders, preserving the environment and enhancing the beauty, culture and traditions of our country.