A circular economy as a strategic lever: New webinar with industry expert interviews

Published on Monday, 5 December 2022

On 27 October, Enel organized a new event to explain the contribution of the circular model to the energy transition.

Webinar Series focused on Circular Economy. Through the participation of experts and representatives of the private sector, Enel organized interviews dedicated circular economy as a strategic lever to advance the energy transition.

The webinar focuses on "Counteract social disadvantages through a circular approach," a comprehensive analysis of the relationships between the circular economy and its social impacts on new professional profiles, competencies, and much more.

A circular economy can have a positive effect even in job creation, moving from a model based on the consumption of natural resources to one based on maintaining the value of products and goods, in which human input plays an increasingly important role.

The meeting has three macro themes: employment, to discover the creation of new professional profiles in all sectors; the social field, to discover how new circular solutions, such as reuse, recycling, and exchange, allow access to products and services at lower costs; development of know-how, to understand the new opportunities for professional retraining, the exchange of skills and the creation of new, more transversal profiles.

Among the guests is Esther Goodwin Brown from Circle Economy, a Dutch think tank active on the subject and responsible for the Circular Jobs initiative. Marcia Massotti, responsible for Sustainability at Enel Brazil, and Monica Uribe, responsible for Sustainability and Circular Generation Initiatives in Colombia, as moderators.

Second, Marcia Massotti: "the logic of the linear economy of extract, produce, consume and dispose of no longer finds long-term conditions neither in the sustainability of the planet nor in the structure of the old capitalism. Thus, when we move from a shareholder-centric orientation to focusing on all stakeholders, we need to think not only about profit and impact but also about the real engagement of all stakeholders. Building the circular economy involves overcoming the multiple barriers of the linear economy. In reality, this process requires not only different solutions to technological, legal, logistical, and other changes but mainly new ways of thinking, acting, and engaging stakeholders.

An innovative circular economy project developed in Brazil is called Hortas em Rede, which consists of developing urban gardens under our transmission lines. This initiative represents a circular business model and inherently requires the participation of many different internal and external actors, including suppliers, institutions, and communities.

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