DURBAN -- WFP and Italian energy company Enel have unveiled a plan to combine forces in the fight against hunger and climate change. Announced at the UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa, the plan involves a €8 million agreement to install “green” stoves and solar panels and provide support for humanitarian efforts.
The partnership, which will address the impact of climate change on hunger and undernutrition while also reducing WFP’s carbon footprint, was announced by WFP Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions, Sheila Sisulu; Coordinator for WFP’s Office for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, Carlo Scaramella; Enel Director of Regulations, Simone Mori; and the Head of Carbon Strategy at Enel, Giuseppe Deodati.
“WFP has been reaching out to the private sector to establish creative partnerships,” said Sisulu. “Because Enel is in the energy sector and energy is a significant element of the work we do, we have many interests in common. Their support for high-efficiency stoves will help some of the millions of people we serve by increasing their resilience to climate change”.
“The private sector can be part of the solution to climate change,” noted Enel’s Director of Regulations Simone Mori. “It can provide innovation and technology and of course market mechanisms can be very efficient in promoting innovation and technology transfer between developed and emerging countries. Our partnership with WFP is an example of how a private entity and a humanitarian organisation can work together to scale up humanitarian initiatives, leveraging international finance from the carbon markets”.