The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was founded by Ellen MacArthur in 2010 in order to accelerate the transition to the circular economy. Since then it has established itself as an international opinion leader that has managed to put the circular economy on the agenda of business, political and academic decision makers. Enel has also decided to become a part of it by joining its Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network.
The CE100 programme brings together companies, national and local governments, academic institutions, emerging innovators and partners in a single multi-stakeholder platform.
This programme has been specially developed to help its participants learn, develop their skills, network and collaborate with the key organisations in the circular economy. This doesn’t simply mean reuse and recycling – it is a new economic model that begins at the drawing board.
By joining the programme, Enel intends to strengthen its own areas of collaboration. What’s more, working with an organisation with such a high international profile enables us to create greater visibility for our activities in this field. Examples include two of this year’s publications, namely the position paper Cities of Tomorrow. Circular Cities and the 100 Italian Circular Economy Stories research project, which was carried out in collaboration with the Symbola Foundation.
Above all, though, we show our commitment to the circular economy through our everyday activities, starting with the Futur-e project, with which we want to make the best use of power plants that have reached the end of their productive cycle. We look for the best solution for each site by working alongside the local community: in this way we can transform the facilities into new opportunities for the surrounding area. We are also following the principle of circularity for the Cantieri sostenibili project (Sustainable construction sites) in the choice of materials to use and recovering those that have been demolished.
To assess effectiveness of our actions we have developed a method for measuring their circularity - the CirculAbility model, which we also apply to our suppliers. Indeed we believe in the importance of promoting the culture of circularity, and for this reason we organise awareness activities like conventions, publications and a dedicated section on our website.
Last but not least, our involvement in a broader circular economy organisation like the Ellen MacArthur Foundation enhances our commitment to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): particularly, SDG #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG #13 (Climate Action) and SDG #17 (Partnerships for the Goals).