Environmental risks

Last year saw the continuation of the growth in the sensitivity of the entire community to risks connected with development models that generate environmental impacts and exploit scarce natural resources (including many raw materials and water). In response to these needs, governments have imposed increasingly restrictive environmental regulations, placing ever more stringent constraints on the development of new industrial initiatives and, in the most impactful industries, incentivizing or requiring the elimination of technologies no longer considered sustainable. In this context, companies in every sector, and above all industry leaders, are ever more aware that environmental risks are increasingly economic risks. As a result, they are called upon to increase their commitment and accountability for developing and adopting innovative and sustainable technical solutions and development models. Enel has made the effective prevention and minimization of environmental impacts and risks a foundational element of each project across its entire life cycle. The adoption of ISO 14001-certified environmental management systems across the entire Group ensures the implementation of structured policies and procedures to identify and manage the environmental risks and opportunities associated with all corporate activities. Also contributing are the multitude of actions to achieve the challenging environmental improvement objectives set by Enel, such as, for example, those regarding atmospheric emissions, waste production and water consumption, especially in areas with high water stress. The risk of water scarcity is directly mitigated by Enel’s development strategy, which is based on the growth of generation from renewable sources that are essentially not dependent on the availability of water for their operation. Special attention is also devoted to assets in areas with a high level of water stress, in order to develop technological solutions to reduce consumption. Finally, ongoing collaboration with local river basin management authorities enables us to adopt the most effective shared strategies for the sustainable management of hydroelectric generation assets.

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