We firmly believe that energy from renewable sources is the key to creating a sustainable present where all have fair access to energy. Our commitment to the environment and local areas is expressed through operations carried out by Enel Green Power, a company dedicated to the management of renewable electricity-generating activities. It was integrated into the Enel Group in 2016.
We are the sector leader – almost half of our production is generated from renewables and this proportion continues to rise, thanks to the innovative solutions we implement.
This choice is in line with the great changes taking place in the energy field, developments that have led experts to predict that by 2030 green energy will fulfil around a third of the planet’s energy needs. EGP, with over 1,200 power plants in operation in 5 countries, is now able to satisfy the power demand of millions of families and helps reduce CO2 emissions, fight climate change and smooth the way for a new model of decarbonised development.
EGP is present in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia, with a managed capacity of about 43 GW and an annual production of around 82 TWh. This is obtained from a generating mix that includes wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal power.
Many Enel Green Power facilities are located in Italy, with an installed capacity of 14 GW. All the different types of technology are used in Italy, but geothermal energy is well ahead of the others, producing electricity by exploiting the Earth’s natural underground heat. Larderello and Monte Amiata in Tuscany form one of the world’s most important geothermal centres, generating over 10% of global production.
Italy is also home to many hydroelectric and wind installations. Enel Green Power boasts a hydroelectric capacity of over 12,000 MW, using the run-of-river technique, which minimises the environmental impact. It is in wind power, however, that we have seen the most significant growth in recent years. The first wind farm was installed by Enel at Alta Nurra (near Sassari in Sardinia) back in 1984 and since then this technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. It is now the source for a total power production of 770 MW.
These activities will enable us to help ensure sustainable development for the entire country. The widespread production of electricity from water, solar, wind and geothermal sources provides greater energy autonomy and at the same time helps protect the environment.
Our goal is to become a company with zero CO2 emissions by the year 2050. To achieve this objective we are working in close contact with the United Nations Global Compact, RES4MED (of which we are a co-founder) and other parties.
Our sights are set firmly on growth, increasing installed capacity and optimising the technology mix for Italy and every country where we are present. Every day we are guided by a clear objective – to place our expertise at the disposal of the local areas, and to focus on their specific features.