To achieve strategic goals in the field of energy transition and maintain a leading position in the energy market, it is important for energy companies to take into account the consequences of global environmental challenges. Further energy stability and environmental friendliness depend on the ability to adapt to global climate change, taking measures to improve energy efficiency, preserve flora and fauna and their habitats, and implement integrated solutions to improve the waste management system against the backdrop of depletion of natural energy resources, reduction in biological diversity as well as an increase in the amount of waste.
In order to increase the level of environmental safety of Enel Russia's production activities in 2020, the Environmental Policy, the Biodiversity Policy and the Zero Single Use Plastic Policy were adopted. The documents reflect the general strategic goals of the company, which are to develop renewable energy sources, optimize resource consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, regularly monitor and control greenhouse gas emissions.
At the end of 2021, the Environmental Policy was updated. The new version is supplemented by the Precautionary Approach, which the company, in accordance with its capabilities, applies throughout the entire period of work in Russia in order to protect the environment.
The Precautionary Approach is enshrined under paragraph 15 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and reads as follows:
“In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.”
Compliance with environmental requirements and the introduction of the best world practices are the main guidelines on the way to decarbonization and energy transition.