Circular Economy

Circular Economy

We are inspired by the principles of the circular economy as a new paradigm to reduce the use of virgin raw materials. We foster the use of renewable materials, and secondary raw materials; the solutions offered are used as long as possible and to the maximum of their capacities.

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The five key dimensions of the solutions offered by Enel X

 

Enel X analyzes its own solutions through five key dimensions, which measure its level of circularity:

Sustainability of resources

Using renewable energy and renewable, recyclable or biodegradable materials in consecutive lifecycles

Sustainability of resources

Extension of the life cycle

Design and production involving extension of the product lifecycle by companies. The value that would otherwise be lost by wasting materials and energy is retained or even enhanced by repairs, updates, regeneration or remarketing

Extension of the life cycle

Product as a service

The producing company remains the owner of the asset, designed for longevity, and offers clients a service that often includes not only the use of the product but also further related benefits (training, assistance etc.)

Product as a service

Collaborative platforms

Promoting the use of platforms for collaboration among asset users and owners to help consumers make savings and earn profit from better use of resources

Collaborative platforms

Useful life

Creating production and consumption systems where assets previously regarded as waste are reused as input for new processes

Useful life

The five key dimensions of the solutions offered by Enel X

Enel X analyzes its own solutions through five key dimensions, which measure its level of circularity:

  1. the commitment of suppliers with circular Economy principles in the creation of products and services that are part of the solution;
  2. the presence of elements that make the models of circular consumption possible and encourage extension of the useful life and its reuse increasing the product´s life cycle;
  3. the comparison of the competitors´ best practices and programs aimed at increasing the efficiency in the use of resources, in the phases of installation and maintenance;
  4. the management of the useful life of each product, by innovative means and sustainable methods, in order to maximize the recovery of materials;
  5. the promotion and support of the development of environmental awareness of customers and the suppliers´participation through mechanisms that improve the performance and the environmental impact of the products and services offered.

The evaluation of solutions performed by Enel X serves to reinforce the level of circularity of the offer, and to increase transparency within the processes: they can recognize sustainability elements, and compare the different solutions offered in an easier way.

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  • LEVEL 1 (range 0 - 20):  marginal components of the Circular Economy are present;
  • LEVEL 2 (range 20 - 40):  there is a partial use of renewable materials and a preliminary integration of Circular Economy principles in supplying the service;
  • LEVEL 3 (range 40 - 60):  this guarantees the most sustainable of methods, including during the phases of consumption and product recovery:  the principles of Circular Economy are also present – albeit partially – in the supply method;
  • LEVEL 4 (range 60 - 80):  this guarantees the use of almost totally renewable prime materials in the production process, together with an integration of the principles of Circular Economy in the supply method;
  • LEVEL 5 (range 80 - 100): the products and services in this solution have high levels of circularity for the majority of the pillars and dimensions under analysis.

The evaluation of Enel X solutions based on the five pillars reinforces the circularity of our individual solutions. It also is a form of transparency for our clients that makes it easy to recognize our organization's commitment to sustainability.

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