Italian Energy Company Pledges $10.7M to WFP Projects

Italian energy company Enel pledged €8 million ($10.7 million) on Wednesday (Dec. 7) for the U.N. World Food Program’s humanitarian and environmental protection programs.

The company, in partnership with WFP, will provide support to the Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings, a WFP program that provides high-efficiency cooking stoves to schools, centers and poor households. It will also install solar panels at U.N. humanitarian sites in Italy, Panama, the United Arab Emirates and Ghana that store and handle emergency supplies.

Apart from providing cooking stoves and solar panels, Enel, together with WFP, will develop a business model that would generate carbon emission reduction credits. The Enel Group’s nonprofit organization, Enel Cuore, will also support WFP activities in Latin America, where it is present.

The partnership, which took place at the climate conference in Durban, South Africa, is the result of a framework agreement for cooperation signed in June by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran and Enel CEO Fulvio Conti.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.