The developments in the energy industry in recent years need to be supported: being able to seize opportunities means helping to forge a zero-emission future. Enel’s CEO Francesco Starace reiterated this notion as a guest at the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference on 20th September at New York’s Columbia University, which was organised during Climate Week. In his analysis, Starace stressed that contributions to technological progress have made production more efficient, changing the entire sector over the last five years. We need only think of the relationship between energy and GDP, whose growth was until recently partly linked to an increase in energy consumption: today however, the efficiency level of economies in emerging countries is now in line with that of developed countries. Francesco Starace’s words make it clear that focusing on renewable energies in this scenario is particularly effective, not only for their potential in development and cost effectiveness, but also in order to considerably reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It is no coincidence that renewable energies, digitalisation and the creation of shared value are part of Enel’s philosophy, in line with the provisions of the Paris climate agreement. In his keynote speech, Francesco Starace stressed on several occasions that electrification and renewable energies must be considered unmissable opportunities for the future of the energy sector, which is characterised by a production which is moving increasingly closer to zero emissions, and by a departure from fossil fuels. These are goals that the Group has pursued for a while now, as illustrated by the decarbonisation process of the generation mix.
In his closing words, Francesco Starace stressed that a sustainable and privileged use of electricity will also open up new prospects in development and growth in the future in other fields: the first results are already being seen today, for example, in the increasingly greater use of digital tools such as Big Data and sensors, which are destined to become an integral part of energy infrastructures in the future. In the field of materials engineering, these tools are gradually bringing benefits in terms of cost, size, efficiency and durability. Enel’s CEO also reaffirmed the Group’s commitment to promote electric mobility: the changes underway will lead to an even broader use of e-mobility in the next decade, and Enel will be ready to embrace this.
Enel editorial staff