Enel X’s Ongoing Commitment to Biodiversity

Enel X’s Ongoing Commitment to Biodiversity

Three beehives find a haven on the roof at company headquarters in Rome

Published on MAY 21, 2021

Adopting Bees for Biodiversity

Enel X makes sustainability and environmental protection an integral part of its business. As such, the company has launched a new project to raise awareness ahead of United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.

“We’re part of the solution” is this year’s chosen UN slogan and it continues on the momentum generated last year under the theme “Our solutions are in nature” — a reminder that biodiversity is the answer to many of the sustainable development challenges we face: from climate change to health, from food and water security to sustainable livelihoods. An invitation to act daily to safeguard the biodiversity of our planet and to integrate it into as many economic sectors and strategies as possible.

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Enel X’s Commitment

Enel X has taken this to heart by adopting three beehives to be placed on the roof of company world headquarters in Rome. The hives will be home to 180,000 honey bees and will be installed, managed and cared for by apicolturaurbana.it, the Italianurban beekeeping organization that offers its services to companies, parks and schools in order to educate and help people rediscover nature and the protection of biodiversity. 
At the Heart of our Culture

At the Heart of our Culture

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Why Bees?

Bees are essential to the environment and human survival because of their precious work as pollinators, which supports the production of 87 of the world’s leading food crops.

Greenpeace has estimated that 71 crops out of 100 end up on our tables thanks to the work of bees, and that in Italy alone, the added value of pollination for food crops amounts to 1.5 billion euros a year.

However, bees and other pollinators are under increasing pressure from industrial agriculture, pollution, and the use of insecticides, herbicides and pesticides. By protecting these essential creatures and letting them do their vital work, urban beekeeping can therefore play a leading role in helping to preserve the delicate balance of our terrestrial ecosystem.

What Is Urban Beekeeping?

Urban beekeeping has become a part of the corporate social responsibility portfolios of companies around the world, allowing them to contribute to environmental protection and the conservation of biodiversity.

Founded by Giuseppe Manno and Mauro Veca, who has worked as an urban beekeeper in Milan for over 10 years, apicolturaurbana.it (Italian for urban beekeeping) offers companies a turnkey corporate social responsibility service by installing, managing and caring for beehives on office roofs, terraces and gardens.

Bees and the SDGs

Adopting the hives is a concrete demonstration of Enel X’s support for the protection of biodiversity, as called for by United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15: protect, restore, and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and halt biodiversity loss.

Thanks to this project, the company will organize educational workshops where participants will get to see the bees up close, in complete safety and under the guidance of expert technicians, and learn why they are so important to our survival. This fits in with SDG 11, which calls for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements, as well as SDG 12: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The Enel X Approach

Enel X has made a strong commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability at every level of its business and its value chain. For us, nature is everyone's home: an ecosystem of precious shared assets that need to be protected.

We promote the responsible use of natural resources, and we involve our customers, partners and stakeholders in striving to achieve the common goals of decarbonization and fighting climate change: all Enel X services and products are an invitation to choose to protect nature and biodiversity, every day.

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Mission

To find, feed, fuse and fine-tune resourceful technologies and services