Actions undertaken by REN in 2016 followed the three axes of our sustainability strategy. With regard to the promotion of internal well-being 29 initiatives were carried out under the NÓS Programme and 174 employees took part, under the three pillars of this programme: Balance, Equality and Inclusion.
With regard to the pillar for stakeholder involvement and satisfaction, numerous activities were held during 2016. Of note was the third edition of the REN AGIR Award, dedicated to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, which received 176 applications. The highest number since the award was started in 2013.
The winner was the Oikos Braga section with their Localizar-TE project. Honourable mentions also went to the TLT project - Talents in Free Transit and the Super Babysitters project. Together, these three projects brought direct benefits to 618 people.
The number of applications to the 21st REN Award, the oldest scientific award in Portugal, almost doubled over last year. The winning fields were electricity storage, the integration of renewable energies and the uncertainty of wind production.
The Share Programme, the REN Corporate Volunteer Programme, saw an increase of 12% in the number of volunteers to 104 employees. In addition to this figure were 43 relatives of REN employees who also participated. There was also an increase of 24% in the number of volunteer work hours over 2015 to 705 employee hours and 170 employee family member hours.
This programme consists of different initiatives such as entrepreneurism for young people, run by Junior Achievement Portugal (www.japortugal.org), cleaning of the Mafra forest, collection of food for the Food Bank and support for initiatives fighting early school leaving run by the EPIS – Business People for Social Inclusion (www.epis.pt).
In 2016, REN once again provided support for a number of different institutions. Highlights in social support activities include participation in work undertaken by the Comunidade Vida e Paz (Life and Peace Community), the campaign #VamosAjudarOsBombeiros (Let’s Help our Fire Fighters), support for the disabled sports programme, and action to promote quality of life by the Salvador Association (www.associacaosalvador.com) and the social project Amigos Sem Fronteiras (Friends without Borders). In the area of culture and education, REN established a patronage protocol with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to pay for an internship for four PhD Science and Energy Technology students from the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Mozambique and from the Technical School at Lisbon University. REN also renewed its patronage partnership with the National Museum of Ancient Art. Highlights in the field of sports include 2016 and in the preparation of the Ankara Deaflympics Games in 2017.
REN maintained its participation in the project Gestão Transparente. (Transparent Management), where it is a founding member. The goal of this organization is to bring international efforts together in the fight against corruption. This is achieved through collective action and political dialogue and through promoting knowledge and information in this regard.
With regard to environmental protection, REN held one reforesting event in Vila Verde involving one hundred 6th and 7th year students from local schools. As part of reforesting plans, in 2016 REN planted a total of 106 547 trees. Work also continued on the LIFE Elia project which aims to create green corridors in forests crossed by REN installations.
The Heróis de Toda a Espécie (Heroes of Every Kind) programme (www.heroisdetodaaespecie.pt), an educational initiative for 3rd and 4th year children involved 10 primary schools from all over the country in 2016. 750 students from northern to southern Portugal took part in this educational project undertaken with the support of the Nature and Forest Conservation Institute and the Directorate-General of Education.
Also in 2016, in conjunction with the Foundation for Science and Technology and the University of Porto, REN continued research work on a Biodiversity Chair based on three pillars: monitoring, minimizing and o setting impacts; population ecology and citizen science.