Enel constantly manages relations with institutions (local, national, European and international), in line with the Enel Compliance Program, providing complete and transparent information with the aim of placing institutional counterparts in the best conditions to make the decisions they are responsible for. Enel also contributes to the consultation processes regarding political and legislative dossiers on energy and environmental issues.
In Italy, institutional interactions in 2017 mainly concerned the complete deregulation of the sale to end customers of the electricity market, electric mobility, energy efficiency, the circular economy, innovation, the SEN (Italian National Energy Strategy), the school/work program, the regulation of contact services to the customer (call centers), ultra-broadband, the conversion to renewable sources of the non-interconnected minor islands, power outages due to natural disasters, and the meter replacement plan (Open Meter 2.0).
In the context of relations with European institutions, Enel actively contributes to every phase of the consultation process on political and legislative dossiers of corporate interest through careful monitoring and analysis. The issues that received the most attention in 2017 include energy and environmental policies, the reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System (ETS) Directive, and the circular economy. For further information, see the “Business model for a low-carbon growth” chapter.
Within a dynamic positioning process aimed at assessing how companies are influencing environmental policies and legislation around the world, InfluenceMap, an independent British non-profit organization, has ranked Enel among the most supportive and strategically active utility companies. This result is a result of Enel’s strong leadership, its influence within leading European associations, and its positive interaction with InfluenceMap itself, who also encourages involved organizations to provide adequate feedback. Finally, the Enel Group has been registered in the EU voluntary transparency register since its creation in 2008. The register aims to provide citizens with a single and direct access point to information on who carries out activities aimed at influencing the EU decision-making process, the interests pursued and the resources invested in these activities (http://ec.europa.eu/ transparencyregister).
In line with the provisions of the Code of Ethics, paragraph 3.26, Enel does not provide finance to political parties, in Italy or abroad, their representatives or candidates, nor does it sponsor conventions or parties whose sole purpose is political propaganda. It refrains from any direct or indirect pressure on politicians (for example, through granting use of its facilities, acceptance of hiring recommendations, or consultancy contracts).
Enel and its subsidiaries are present in various trade and employer associations whose role includes representing the position of its members in the regulatory processes pertaining to the business activity.
The annual contributions paid to the aforementioned organizations in the form of membership fees totaled approximately €9 million in 20177.
In particular, in 2017 the three largest contributions made on a global level concerned UNESA (Asociación Española de la Industria Eléctrica), Confindustria and Elettricità Futura8.
The institutional dialogue with the trade and employer associations in which Enel and its subsidiaries took part in 2017 concerned the support of regulatory and consultation processes, among others, on the following main issues:
- development of energy policies: including, among other issues, the strategic outlook of the sector, energy efficiency, the growth of renewables, smart grid development and energy costs9;
- increasing the business competitiveness: including, among other issues, tax regulation, labor law issues and environmental policies10.
7 The annual contributions in the last 4 fiscal
years have amounted to: 8,999,609 euro in
2017; 8,986,124 euro in 2016; 9,659,299 euro in
2015; 9,252,109 euro in 2014. These figures include
the contributions paid by Enel SpA (including
the main Italian companies) and its foreign
subsidiaries Endesa, Enel Américas and Enel
8 Specifically: UNESA 2,618,454 euro; Confindustria 2,020,343 euro; Elettricità Futura 730,758 euro.
9 The contribution in 2017 was 5,728,104 euro.
10 The contribution in 2017 was 3,271,506 euro.