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Environmental criticalities

Besides the environmental disputes, Enel monitors socalled “environmental criticalities”: disputes and claims which subjects such as private citizens, committees, environmental organizations, and local administrators can bring against the operation, management or construction of Group installations (plant, grids, cabins, buildings, etc.).

This category includes, in order of importance, administrative orders, legal notices, written protests (whether direct or through the press), and media campaigns. The criticalities are events which may also occur following the adoption of more rigorous and advanced prevention measures and the Group reserves particular attention to these, making its own staff available, whether for emergency response or at managerial level.

In the case of criticalities, Enel acts openly and transparently, making available the information requested, in full respect of the parties involved. There were 1,209 environmental criticalities recorded in 2016, significantly up on the previous year, above all in Brazil owing to an increase in the complaints about distribution activities from both private individuals and administration.

The criticalities relate in particular to high voltage plants since in this context impacts on the physical and natural environment and the economic impact are greater than seen with medium/ low-voltage plants.

Reference SDGs: 
Main actionsTargets
Reduction of SO2 specific emissions-30% by 2020 (vs. 2010) 
Reduction of NOx specific emissions-30% by 2020 (vs. 2010) 
Reduction of particulates -70% by 2020 (vs. 2010)
Reduction of specific water consumption-30% by 2020 (vs. 2010)
Cabling ratio74% by 2019
Reduction of waste produced-20% by 2020 (vs. 2015)
Implementation of biodiversity plan
Continuation of protection of species in the “Red List” of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in the protected areas near plants
Circular economy

Adoption of a systematic approach to the circular economy in the Group Launch of project to assess circular economy impacts Coherent application of the principles of
the circular economy to Future-e projects, considering the circular economy as a key factor in developing the projects

Sustainability Plan 2017-2019