Enel is working to bring renewable energy to Africa, as CEO and General Manager Francesco Starace pointed out in his speech during the presentation of “The Partnership with Africa”. The event, which was held in a virtual format on 15 December 2020, was dedicated to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ policy document that identifies the country’s main foreign policy priorities on the African continent. “We are investing in five African countries in the field of renewable energy, through solar and wind plants that provide energy for the continent’s economic development”, Enel’s CEO and General Manager said, adding that “In the near future we will work to improve and increase access to energy”.
We are investing in five African countries in the field of renewable energy, through solar and wind plants that provide energy for the continent’s economic development
Francesco Starace, Enel CEO
Africa is indeed the continent where the greatest number of people with little or no access to electricity live: “With regard to this, we will work closely with the UN in order to implement Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, namely ‘Affordable and clean energy’ for everyone,” Starace said. This issue involves 600 million people on the African continent and contributes to rising social inequality, as well as to problems in entering the world of work.
Enel will therefore focus on the development of innovative projects “that help allocate increasingly significant investments in the energy infrastructures of African countries”. For this reason, Francesco Starace observed that the world no longer sees Africa as a distant place, but rather as an important market that requires considerable investment: “The continent’s future development is very dynamic. We believe that Italy can play an important role.”
Enel editorial staff