The United Nations has designated January 26, 2024, as International Clean Energy Day to emphasize the urgent need to adopt sustainable energy practices to combat the challenges posed by climate change. In line with this global initiative, the National Energy Secretariat has planned a series of activities throughout January to raise awareness and encourage action towards clean energy.
Clean energy has emerged as a vital solution to two of the most pressing challenges of our time: ensuring that no one is left behind and protecting our planet. It has the potential to reduce carbon emissions and provide sustainable electricity to meet our diverse needs, making it a critical tool in the fight against climate change.
The link between clean energy, socio-economic development, and sustainability is crucial in addressing the challenges faced by vulnerable communities worldwide. Lack of access to clean energy can create obstacles to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities in regions that need it most.
There are still many vulnerable communities that heavily depend on fossil fuels, which results in a never-ending cycle of poverty.
Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7)
Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) aims to ensure affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy access for everyone by 2030. Despite some improvements, the world is still progressing towards achieving this goal. In April 2024, the UN General Assembly will hold a global review of SDG 7 to evaluate progress and recommend solutions.
Enel Chile: Un Actor Fundamental en la Transición Energética de país
Enel Chile is a significant player in the national energy landscape, and it has implemented a strategic plan focused on developing renewable energies to contribute to a fair energy transition for all. The plan involves all of the company's business lines and aims to achieve zero emissions by 2040.
Enel Chile has made significant strides in decarbonization as part of its commitment to transition to clean energy sources. The closure of its coal-fired plants is a noteworthy achievement. The permanent shutdown of the coal-fired generation unit of Central Tarapacá and the Bocamina complex (Units 1 and 2) in Coronel are significant milestones that have enabled the company to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by around 500,000 tons. Enel Chile has become the first company in the energy sector to cease using coal for its generation operations.
Enel Chile has strengthened its position as the largest electric company in the country in terms of installed capacity. It has a total capacity of 8.8 GW, of which 77% of our net installed capacity corresponds to renewable energy including BESS, through a diversified and sustainable mix of assets that includes hydroelectric, wind, solar and geothermal plants.
Enel Chile is making strides in developing renewable energy projects, including storage systems. This is part of its ongoing commitment to a fair and equitable energy transition while guaranteeing a consistent energy supply. Furthermore, this effort supports the stability of the electricity system, especially as renewable energy penetration increases.
Enel Chile is dedicated to advancing towards a more sustainable future and ensuring access to clean energy for all.