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Enel Group at the UN to build a sustainable future; a Formula E race tomorrow in Red Hook

NEW YORK, JULY 14 – “Public-private partnerships are effective tools for Sustainable Development”, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi  told a high-level meeting today at the UN Headquarters organized by the Italian Power company Enel, Formula E and the Permanent Mission of Chile on the occasion of Sustainability Day.

Sebastiano Cardi

Italy is  the country with the world’s highest solar power penetration. It has a diverse spread of Renewable Energy sources, and it has achieved its 2020 Renewable Energy targets 6 years early: “We all know this is the smart thing to do, but achieving it requires a combination of the right policies and an innovative private sector”, Cardi told the meeting attended among others by Enel Group CEO Francesco Storace, Alessandro Agag, the Chairman of Formula E, Andres Rebolledo, Minister of Energy of Chile, and Dario Nardella, the Mayor of the City of Florence. “Our commitment together with the Global Compact is to build a system around the word sustainability”, Starace told the forum.

Francesco Starace

“Public-private partnerships are an effective tool for leveraging the special skills and assets of each sector. Partnerships empower public entities to achieve their sustainability objectives while at the same time promoting business. We are working at the national level and will pursue our commitment at the global level in line with Sustainable Goal 17”, Cardi said adding that “Enel has embedded sustainability in its growth strategy, using it as a guiding principle across its entire value chain. This change of perspective means not only constructing its power plants in sustainable and innovative ways and bringing energy to populations that still lack access, but also making it reliable and affordable, focusing on innovative technologies as well as off-grid solutions, to bring energy to areas of the world that are unlikely to be connected to the grid”.

Starace and Agag were yesterday at Wall Street to showcase a strategic partnership between the FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series – and Enel to offset the emissions of the inaugural race in New York, making it the first-ever zero-emission event in the championship’s history.

Ahead of the eagerly-anticipated event making its debut at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook on July 15/16 – Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E, was joined by Chairman of Enel Patrizia Grieco, CEO of Enel Starace, and Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express, at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell.

The group participated in traditional ceremony and posed for photos on the balcony above the trading floors on Wall Street, along with some of the stars of the FIA Formula E Championship – the first-ever Formula E champion and NextEV NIO driver Nelson Piquet Jr, and Berlin ePrix race winner Felix Rosenqvist for Mahindra Racing.

Enel – Official Power Partner of Formula E – is contributing to limit the emissions associated with staging and powering Formula E events through its smart energy solutions. In addition to innovative clean energy generation, storage and management solutions – Enel will entirely offset the emissions of the event in New York through green certificates from its portfolio of renewable energy plants, such as the Enel Green Power Stipa Nayaa 74 MW wind farm in Mexico which prevent the emission of over 133,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is the equivalent of taking 26,000 cars off the road.

Formula E also works in collaboration with the FIA and DHL – Official Founding and Logistics Partner – to construct a calendar that requires reduced air freight transportation to each venue. DHL is a frontrunner in environmentally sustainable logistics, announcing earlier this year its commitment to zero-emissions operations by the year 2050.

The equipment for the race in New York – including all 40 fully-electric Formula E cars, batteries and spare parts – was safely delivered to the USA by DHL leveraging its ocean freight expertise, which produces 100-times less CO2 emissions than transporting the same cargo via air.

Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager of Enel, commented: “We are proud to play a part in such an historic event today at the NYSE. Enel and Formula E are natural partners, as we both embrace the exciting opportunities in electric mobility, smart cities and the clean energy revolution. Just as Formula E further pushes the boundaries of technology race after race, we at Enel strive every day for a greater penetration of electricity in society and for its full decarbonisation.” (@OnuItalia)

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