The presence of women in the labor market, including leadership positions and with salaries equivalent to men, is one of the challenges in Colombia and is one of the priorities for Tania Cosentino, president of Schneider Electric for South America, a company specialized in energy management and automation and that has been implementing and promoting a transformation in its policies of inclusion and gender equity that serve as a model for a traditionally masculine sector. For the Andean Region cluster, in which Colombia is located, through the strategies carried out, the company has achieved 33% of its women in its workforce.
“Estimates say it will take 100 years to achieve gender equity in leadership positions. We can’t wait that long. We must work, internally and externally, to raise awareness among companies, executives and young people, to attract more women to the labor market, effectively showing that all can reach high positions, and thus achieve the social and economic transformation that this will entail . ”Tania Cosentino said.
“Studies confirm that gender equity brings better financial results for companies. Likewise, diversity generates more innovation and achieves equity in different markets, ”added the executive.
The transformation that has been promoted within Schneider Electric involves integrated initiatives. Internally, local commitments have been reinforced. In addition to taking advantage of the hiring of women, the company dedicates financial resources to guarantee equal remuneration between men and women in similar positions, in the same way supporting the group of mentors for women workers with the potential to assume leadership positions. The company also periodically evaluates the evolution of the female talent pipeline in the region, always seeking to have a man and a woman as finalists in the process of selecting key positions.
San Andrés and Providencia, pioneers in the promotion of intelligent energy distribution
With an investment that, at the end of the project, will exceed $ 40,000 million by the private company Ingenierías Aliadas SAS, to intervene and reduce the rate of energy losses in this island area, the National Government has been able to reduce subsidies for the island at $ 70,000 million. The latter without jeopardizing the sustainability of the service for users.
Thanks to the “Good energy for smart cities” project that uses smart grids or smart grids, equipped with telemetering technology to monitor and control household and commercial consumption, the islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina become the pioneer territory of the country that implements this technology, which pursues energy savings and sustainability.
With the leadership of the company Ingenierías Aliadas and in association with the technology provider AMS Unión S.A.S., 18,540 tele-managed meters have been installed that replaced the old meters of the Energy Production Society of San Andrés (Sopesa). Thanks to this work, energy losses have been reduced from 28% in July 2013 to 8.7% as of February 2017. These figures represent a reduction of almost 60 million kilowatts / hour during the same period, which It is equivalent to more than 4 months of monthly sales of energy from the Sopesa operator.
The problem in the islands lay in the evasion of the payment of energy for fraudulent connections and networks in poor condition, as well as in the culture of waste of service in hotels, shops and homes. The project strategies have consisted of the laying of more than 50 kilometers of networks, the implementation of meters that allow online monitoring, the delivery of a display to users to visualize the record of their consumption, the implementation of a control center to monitor and telemanage connections, and social support to raise awareness and rationality. Thanks to the above, San Andrés is now a city that is at the forefront of the country’s energy sustainability.
Engineer León Darío Osorio, general manager of Ingenierías Aliadas SAS, ensures that the success of the project is overwhelming from the figures, since the $ 130,000 million in grants provided by the Government in 2013 for this region (when this intervention began), fell to about $ 60,000 million that were registered at the end of 2016, without risking the sustainability of the service, nor the financial viability of the operator.
Another great novelty of this project, according to engineer Osorio, is the financing system. “It is the first time in Colombia and, I think in Latin America, that a private company enters into the support of an electric utility operator to make it more efficient. In this business model, from Ingenierías Aliadas S.A.S, we finance the project by working at risk and earning for each loss point that we reduce in order to recover our investment and the associated profitability, ”said the manager.
According to José Ramón Gómez, senior specialist in energy issues at the IDB, “the initiative is aimed at generating cultural change to achieve greater efficiency in energy generation, train system operators and, above all, to raise awareness among inhabitants of the archipelago to make the gradual change of their old appliances for energy efficient equipment ”.
The Enel group confirms its presence in the Euronext Vigeo Eiris sustainability indexes
In the June 2017 edition of the Euronext Vigeo – World 120 index, which twice a year publishes the names of the 120 most sustainable companies with the highest floating market capitalization in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region, the Enel group.
Endesa, the Spanish subsidiary of the group, has also been included in the three indexes. This company was first admitted to the World 120 index at the end of 2014, while it is in the Eurozone 120 and Europe 120 indexes since its creation.
The Euronext Vigeo Eiris indexes recognize the efforts of important companies that place sustainable development at the center of their business agenda. Vigeo Eiris develops its indexes by analyzing almost 330 indicators for each company, based on 38 criteria, including the following: respect for the environment and for human rights, commitment and recognition of the human capital of companies, relations with stakeholders, corporate governance and business ethics, integrity in influencing policies and initiatives to fight corruption and the prevention of social and environmental dumping in the supply chain and outsourcing. Euronext Vigeo Eiris updates the inclusion criteria in these indices every six months, to confirm that the sustainability credentials of the companies it includes are constantly updated, following the latest global parameters and requirements.
The company’s commitment to achieving the highest standards of sustainability has attracted a growing interest in socially responsible investment funds. On the basis of the latest figures as of December 2016, SRI (Socially Responsible Investors) funds hold 8% of the total outstanding shares of Enel, with an increase over that recorded in December 2015 (7.7%) and more double compared to the end of 2011 (4%).
GreenYellow proposes a model to reduce energy expenditure in companies
The increase in the cost of energy in recent years and the negative effects of the El Niño phenomenon forced several companies to enter into an energy saving campaign, which highlighted the need for companies to control and reduce their energy costs, which represent an increasingly important item in their financial statements.
Faced with this problem, the French multinational GreenYellow, proposes to its customers to attack its line “energy costs” through two complementary measures. The first is to reduce energy consumption through an energy efficiency contract, offering tools that allow companies to reduce their electricity consumption in a guaranteed manner over time. And optimize the cost of energy supply through the production of solar energy, with the aim of generating its own energy, decentralized, clean and economical.
To date, GreenYellow manages more than 900 energy efficiency contracts in the world (of which 100 are in Colombia), saving a total of 520 GWh each year, or the equivalent of almost 1% of national electricity consumption, corresponding to annual expenditure of a city like Montería or Villavicencio. The initiative has 60 solar plants, accumulating an installed capacity of more than 120 MW, of which 2MW are in Barranquilla, Medellín, Riohacha and Palmira.
Against the projections of growth in the Colombian market, the company plans to triple the energy efficiency contracts operated, as well as achieve in the short term a greater installed capacity of solar plants in self-consumption for the needs of its customers, taking into account the requirements immediate that are being demanded in the industrial environment and in the tertiary sector. In parallel, GreenYellow aims to develop medium-scale solar farms in Colombia, injecting directly into the network, as it is doing for example in Madagascar (20 MW) or in Mauritius (16 MW).
With the environmental week, the Ituango hydroelectric project builds knowledge with the community
Ituango joins the celebration of World Environment Day, with the completion of the environmental week in the municipalities of Briceño, Buriticá, Ituango, Liborina, Peque, Olaya, Sabanalarga, San Andrés de Cuerquia, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Toledo, Valdivia and Yarumal, which comprise its area of influence.
The environmental week will be held between May 30 and June 2, with a rich schedule, which has the support and support of municipal administrations, education secretariats, educational institutions and social leaders of the 12 locations . The “Antioquia Joven” program of the Antioquia Governorate also joins this initiative. In total there will be 36 exhibitions on the Ituango hydroelectric project and the EPM Water Museum, 36 cineforos, 12 community discussions and 44 workshops on different topics.
Every night, during the environmental week, the inhabitants of the 12 municipalities will be able to attend the Cinema al Parque program for free, where films related to water will be screened as a vital element of life. Additionally, conversation and interaction spaces will be generated in cineforos. These activities will be carried out by experts from the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute and the HTM Group (Habitat, Territory and Environment), who are allies in environmental issues of the Ituango hydroelectric project.
This environmental week will be the opportunity to inform the communities of the social and environmental management of the Ituango hydroelectric project, receive feedback from the inhabitants of the area of influence and share knowledge on issues related to the environment, local development, and management of ecosystem conservation.