- Global Compact Network Colombia highlighted the value and impact of the Cacao Effect programs where Enel-Emgesa and Cundinamarca al 100of Enel-Codensa participate in the beneficiary populations.
- The recognition highlights those practices of excellence that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and that contribute to the goals associated with the United Nations 2030 agenda.
- The programs promoted by Enel companies in Colombia are changing the quality of life of families in the rural sector and boosting their economic and social development.
Bogotá, August 5, 2020. Global Compact Network Colombia awarded the Recognition of Good Practices for Sustainable Development to the Enel-Emgesa and Enel-Codensa companies, for the execution and contribution to programs that decisively contribute to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) established by the United Nations for 2030.
The recognition given to Enel-Emgesa was due to its participation as an ally in the Cacao Effect program that seeks to strengthen the cacao production chain in the sub-regions of Urabá, Bajo Cauca, Southern Central Huila, and Tumaco, contributing with better living conditions for the growers, their families, and their communities. This initiative is promoted by USAID, Luker Foundation, Luker Chocolate, Enel-Emgesa, Saldarriaga Concha Foundation, and EAFIT.
To achieve this, the work has focused on strengthening the skills of cacao-growers and thus increasing the productivity of more than 1,340 hectares of cacao. In addition, 18 associations of cacao growers have been strengthened, improving their technical, commercial, and administrative capacities, and support is provided to 72 entrepreneurship initiatives with a family and gender focus.
For Lucio Rubio Díaz, General Director of Enel in Colombia, “strengthening the production chain and consolidating economically sustainable growers and communities, without a doubt positively impacts and improves the cacao sector with a vision towards the future. It is a replicable model, which can be taken to other sectors where there are small growers that use family labor and represent 90% of the Colombian agricultural economy.”
For its part, Enel-Codensa received recognition for the Cundinamarca al 100 program, which through Enel-Codensa's own investments, resources that come from the General System of Royalties, the Financial Support Fund for the Energization of Interconnected Rural Areas, and of association agreements with the Government of Cundinamarca, has been working on bringing energy to Cundinamarca families of who, because they are located in areas of difficult access, do not have the service. To date, more than 2,300 families from 87 municipalities have benefited, which has positively impacted their quality of life and their social and economic development.
“Cundinamarca al 100 is a project that transforms lives through the provision of electric power in a safe, reliable, and sustainable way to dispersed rural communities in the department, with difficult access that had never had electric power, allowing them to satisfy their basic needs. We have seen how lives and families are transformed with this program," Rubio Díaz added.
The two initiatives sponsored by Enel's companies in Colombia, Enel-Codensa and Enel-Emgesa, which received the recognition, were selected from more than 200 initiatives submitted by companies, foundations, and organizations that are committed to sustainable development in the country.
The Recognition of Good Practices for Sustainable Development, which is now in its third version in Colombia, arose from the joint effort of the Global Compact Network Colombia and the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce to celebrate and recognize the practices of excellence, by companies and civil society, in the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Both Enel in Colombia and the Enel Group worldwide have committed to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to that organization, they have stated some goals that place special emphasis on access to electricity, climate change, socio-economic development, education, industry, innovation, and infrastructure, and sustainable cities and communities. "Undoubtedly, this recognition of the Global Compact is one more example that we are on the right track and encourages us to continue working in the search for contributing to the sustainable development of communities," concluded Lucio Rubio Díaz.
ENEL–CODENSA and ENEL-EMGESA
Enel-Codensa and Enel-Emgesa are part of the Enel Group, an energy multinational and one of the main integrated global operators in the electricity, gas, and renewable energy sectors. The Group has a presence in 35 countries, generating energy through a managed capacity of approximately 89 GW. Enel distributes electricity and gas through a network of more than 2.2 million kilometers, and with about 73 million domestic and business customers around the world.
Enel – Codensa is a market leader in the distribution and commercialization of electric power, with 3,438,000 customers distributed in Bogotá, Cundinamarca, eight municipalities in Boyacá, one in Tolima, one in Caldas, and one in Meta. It has an installed power of 11,295 MVA (megavolt-amperes) over 72,510 kilometers of High, Medium, and Low Voltage network. The Company generates about 15,500 direct and indirect jobs in the country. The provider of the electric power commercialization and distribution service continues to be Codensa S.A. ESP, an entity supervised by the Superintendence of Residential Public Services.
Enel – Emgesa is the company dedicated to generating and commercializing electrical energy in Colombia, with about 480 clients in the non-regulated market and a total installed generation capacity of 3,501 MW. It has 15 hydraulic power plants and two thermal power plants that operate in the departments of Cundinamarca, Bolívar, and Huila. Since 2013, it has participated as a natural gas trading agent in the negotiation processes with producers, sellers, and clients of the Non-Regulated Market. The generator and seller of electric power continues to be Emgesa S.A. ESP, an entity supervised by the Superintendence of Residential Public Services.
Enel is a multinational company in the energy sector and a leading integrated operator in the global electricity, gas, and renewable energy markets. It is the largest utility company in Europe, in terms of market capitalization and market figures among the leading energy companies in Europe with respect to installed capacity and recorded EBITDA. The Group has a presence in more than 30 countries around the world, generating energy through a managed capacity of approximately 89 GW. Enel distributes electricity and gas through a network of more than 2.2 million kilometers, and with nearly 73 million domestic and business customers around the world, the Enel Group has the largest customer base among European competitors. Enel's renewable energy department, Enel Green Power, currently manages around 43 GW from wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro generation plants in Europe, America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
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