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“The whole world is moving towards net zero and, to do this, there needs to be a massive increase in the electrification of energy demand. Something we all agree on is that we must electrify as much as possible and, at the same time, support this electrification with decarbonized energy. We’ll see electricity playing a prominent role even in sectors it had never been in before.”
Francesco Starace CEO and General Manager

We were one of the first signatories of the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” campaign promoted by the United Nations and other organizations, and we are committed to developing a business model in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement (COP21) to limit the average global temperature increase to 1.5°C.

In 2021, we announced the acceleration our net-zero target from 2050 to 2040 for both direct (Scope 1) and indirect (Scopes 2 and 3) emissions.

We have also confirmed our target for direct emissions in line with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C as certified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). In addition, we have announced two new reduction targets within 2030:

-80%
for Scope 1 emissions (vs 2017)
-80%
Approx. for emissions related to the production and sale of electricity (vs 2017)
-55%
for emissions related to the sale of gas (vs 2017)
OUR "NET-ZERO" PROJECT

In 2021, Enel launched Project "Net-Zero" with two key objectives: to further improve the mapping of all direct and indirect emissions, while increasing accuracy and transparency in reporting; and to define a path to reducing our carbon footprint from now until 2040 by setting intermediate targets for each source of emissions in line with the path to 1.5°C.

 

Our response to the challenge of climate change is grounded on a resilient, sustainable business model. To support it, we have adopted an organizational and corporate governance model that establishes the specific duties and responsibilities of the Group’s primary governing bodies.
Our direct climate advocacy actions are carried out in line with the Paris Agreement. In particular, our policies aim to promote the Group’s decarbonization strategy and to pursue climate objectives by engaging government stakeholders, industry associations, academia, and non-governmental organizations in order to promote the Group’s vision in relation to climate and low carbon emission policies.

Enel’s carbon footprint in 2021 was equal to 125.0 Mt CO2eq (a 9% increase from 2020), mainly as a result of an increase in electricity generated using fossil fuels.

The Scope 1 figure in particular, which accounts for 41% of total GHG emissions (99% of which from energy production), was 51.6 Mt CO2eq (up 13% from 2020).

Scope 2 came to 4.3 Mt CO2eq (up 6% from 2020), 69% of which associated with emissions related to total technical grid losses.

Scope 3, which accounts for 55% of total GHG emissions, came to 69.1 Mt CO2eq (up 7% from 2020). This year, Scope 3 was expanded to include figures related to emissions from gas extraction and transportation and the share of emissions related to the supply chain.

Enel’s Carbon footprint
Enel’s leadership in the fight against climate change is recognized by the CDP
Our inclusion on the Climate A List of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) represents recognition of Enel’s role in the fight against climate change and our position as utility leader in the transition to a zero-emission energy system thanks to our sustainable, integrated business model.
The transition to renewable energy must not create new forms of poverty or inequality. At Enel, we are working to ensure a just, inclusive transition, so we take account of the needs and priorities of all stakeholders, none excluded.
The fight against climate change is a far-reaching issue, one with many solutions and innovative projects. Learn more about our Group’s active engagement.
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