In the process of energy transition

Published on Friday, 18 October 2019

The Earth population is constantly growing, along with the increasing needs of mankind. More and more energy is required to satisfy them. However, hydrocarbon fossil resources are doomed to run out. Moreover, the use of traditional energy sources negatively affects the environment: the created greenhouse effect contributes to global climate change. As a result, mankind is destroying nature, and therefore itself. Where can we search for salvation? 

Obviously, first and foremost in such a situation, we need to reduce the amount of atmosphere emissions from different sources, including industrial production and transport. One of the ways to tackle this issue is to perform the energy transition - conversion to “clean” technologies: “green” power generation, development of charging infrastructure for electric transport. As a result, significant changes will occur in the global economy, since now it largely depends on the production and sale of hydrocarbons. 

Enel Group, being a leader of the energy transition, is building its business model based on the sustainable development goals. This is confirmed each year by its top-ranking positions according to various industry-specific ratings. Thus, in September of 2019, Enel was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the 16th time consecutively. The leading sustainability index recognized Enel's active role in promoting a zero-emission power generation model. 

“Sustainable development and decarbonization will continue to foster our growth as we move towards reaching ambitious goals on the reduction of direct greenhouse gas emissions by 70% until 2030 and the reduction of emissions to zero until 2050”

– Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel

In Russia, Enel is also actively involved in the process of energy transition. 

  • Renewable energy,
  • Demand response,
  • Electric cars and charging infrastructure,

 

These are the areas Enel is currently developing in Russia. 

Construction of the first large wind farms, the Kola wind farm and the Azov wind farm, became one of the first important steps. The third extensive project, Rodnikovskaya wind farm, is next on the agenda.

Transition to environmentally friendly types of transportation, electric cars, is another major global trend within the decarbonization process. This year, Enel X Rus installed 14 fast chargers for electric cars: 1 in Skolkovo, 3 in Chelyabinsk and 10 in Vladivostok. 

Distributed generation, digitalization and the introduction of energy storage systems (batteries, fuel cells) start to make a significant contribution to economic development. In June, Enel entered into an agreement with Russian Railways on the cooperation in the field of energy storage systems.

As for the demand response program, this is a new direction at the initial stage of development. In March of 2019, Enel Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the System Operator, SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management. This MoU is aimed at conducting joint research in the field of the price-dependent reduction of power demand (demand response). 

It means the future of the clean energy is already here. And each of us can participate in the process of energy transition, changing habits and finding opportunities to introduce sustainable development approaches into everyday life.