The second edition of the Endesa Academy of Circular Economy has come to an end today. Another 34 workers from different departments of the Company have joined this training opportunity with more than 36 hours of duration and 8 sessions between September 21 and today.
The academy started in the month of May with its first edition by the hand of Campus Iberus and it is an ambitious international initiative that is part of the commitment to the circular economy as the basis of a new sustainable economic model and the commitment to extend this culture within the company. Campus Iberus is a campus of international excellence made up of the University of Zaragoza (UZ), the Public University of Navarra (UPNA), the University of Lleida (UdL) and the University of La Rioja (UR).
Today, the circular economy is presented as the fundamental basis of a new sustainable economic model, which aims to make a more efficient use of resources, minimizing those that are consumed and reincorporating usable resources from waste into the production process. The objective is to achieve a development that combines competitiveness and sustainability through innovation.
“The decarbonisation through the energy mix (closure of thermal power plants and promotion of renewables) will achieve a global emission reduction of 55%, but to achieve the rest it is necessary to go towards a circular model, incorporating all its criteria in the different links of the value chain. It is the necessary response to decouple economic growth from the consumption of resources and environmental deterioration ”, as stated by María Malaxechevarría, Endesa’s general director of sustainability.
“The Circular Economy It is being imposed as a new and almost unique vision to achieve a development that combines competitiveness and sustainability and it is essential that this culture permeates society. That companies like Endesa adopt this commitment is an example ”, he said. Luis Salvatella, coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Circular Economy that the next course begins to teach Campus Iberus.
The training is under the scientific direction of Luis Salvatella, coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Circular Economy. The course teachers will be Campus Iberus experts in Circular Economy from the four universities of the Iberus Campus: Alfonso Aranda (UZ), Sabina Scarpellini (UZ), Alberto Navajas (UPNA), Eva Llera (UZ), Lídia Rincón (UdL), Carlos Del Río (UPNA) and René Santamaría (UR).
The lectures place a special emphasis on the electricity sector and they deal with the following topics: Circular business models, The circular economy as a competitive advantage, Circularity metrics, Shared value and the circular economy, Life cycle analysis, Environmental management, Product eco-design, Cities and territories, Circular cities, Global legislation and strategies.
It also has an evaluation session and a closing session with the intervention of José Antonio Mayoral, Rector of the University of Zaragoza which focuses its research work on the use of waste and renewable raw materials within the framework of the circular economy.
This training cycle is also combined with presentations by Endesa experts as well as other relevant external entities or experts in the field of Circular Economy, who contribute their vision to extend the culture of Circular Economy within the company, and give continuity to the training path started last year: “Inspir-Circular Action Cycle”.
There are currently two other academies in the Enel group, one in Latin America and the other in Italy that provides training to Italy and the rest of the countries of Europe and the United States. The three academies will launch the training cycle on the same dates, in this way some external and internal presentations will be used for all the students of the Enel group to attend.
We think of “circular”
Endesa has incorporated circularity in its culture and in all its activities, from the construction of new renewable plants to the relationship with customers. The challenge of climate change forces us to evolve towards a new, more sustainable economy based on an efficient, electric and renewable model, considering the principles of circular economy and decoupling economic growth from the consumption of resources.
And Endesa wants to lead this new challenge. On the one hand, by incorporating renewable energy into the system, Endesa contributes to the decarbonization process and, at the same time, allows increasing the circularity of other sectors.
And on the other, promoting the development of an ecosystem with other agents, both public and private, so that beyond the implementation of the principles of Circular Economy in our industrial process, we can contribute very actively to the development of a new economic model in the Iberian market and the development of the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy.
Our vision integrates the entire value chain, from supplies to final solutions for customers, through the decarbonization of electricity generation plants and the “smartization” of distribution networks. And it is being applied with specific approaches in the different units of the company.
To be able to tackle it successfully, Endesa also has the “Circular Economy Community”, a multidisciplinary team from different lines of business of the company and support areas, convinced that change is possible, and backed by the commitment of Senior Management of the company. One more step towards the development of a sustainable economy.