We are facing an intricate scenario characterised by continuous changes that are occurring at an ever-faster pace. The energy sector, in particular, is experiencing a profound transformation concerning both mature and emerging markets. Energy production from renewable sources continues to grow worldwide: this can be seen in the increased popularity of solar power, also in Italy. Today there are more than 800,000 photovoltaic systems installed across the country while the number of small self-producers is rising fast. The market is characterised by increasingly well-informed consumers, interested in technological progress and open to new services and new consumption habits.
Energy efficiency, home automation, electric vehicles, smart grids and storage are areas in which we want to focus our efforts to enhance our traditional range of services. These are the cornerstones for bringing innovation and sustainability to the daily lives of Italian people, thereby contributing to the economic and social development of the country.
This development must be sustainable. We must continue along the path that has made us a leading company in the renewables sector and an active part of the global commitment to a carbon-free future. We are driven by an essential concept, that of creating shared value; this is crucial, as value can no longer be the preserve of businessmen, companies and shareholders, but must be shared with communities and all the economic and social stakeholders in the regions where we work. With this in mind, we are collaborating with the UN on a large-scale project that aims to make electricity available to over 3 million people in various countries worldwide as well as supporting access to education and culture.
In Italy, working to create shared value means above all being consistent, realistic and focused on technological innovation, which is essential if we want to achieve our objectives. For these reasons, we are now looking at solutions involving storage, smart energy management and sustainable transport. We must innovate today to be competitive tomorrow.
In the transition to a completely liberalised market, we need to keep up with customer needs, technological and digital progress and the countless facets of an ever-changing demand. The potential for development is huge and the road ahead is long. Investing in innovation is essential for us, but we must also make the most of the people who provide Enel with their ideas, professionalism and enthusiasm on a daily basis. We are a global company and this opens us outwards to a continual exchange of experiences, best practice and different approaches. Enel is a melting pot of human capital that works to maintain its leading role in the evolution and future of energy.
This evolution is already underway in Italy. Open meters, smart grids, e-mobility and smart homes are elements that are combining to build a more open, trusting and productive country, one where everyone can play their part in the change with actions as simple as switching on a light.
People, innovation, sustainability and concrete solutions underpin our strength today and are sure to become even more important tomorrow.