The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has identified the Futur-e project as a business case that executives around the world can use to benchmark their circular economy practices.
WBCSD, a worldwide organisation that gathers over 200 leading companies working to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world, summarised the results of more than 100 interviews and responses to investigations and identified eight business cases that are best practices in the field of circular economy.
Enel was selected because WBCSD considers the company has adopted a ‘circular’ approach, thus avoiding the risks of a ‘linear’ approach, in particular enhancing the reuse of structures and areas, recovering resources at the end of plant life cycles and collaborating with the public sector and local communities.
WBCSD explained that, in response to the deep-seated transformation of the scenario, Enel is redeveloping 23 of its old thermal power plants. The divestiture of industrial assets is a challenge that Enel has chosen to meet by applying solutions based on sustainability and circularity in all stages of the process, involving local communities in redevelopment processes and working to maximise resource re-use and recovery and avoid wastes.
A virtuous path acknowledged by WBCSD, which focused its analysis on specific aspects of ongoing plant redevelopment projects.