ENEL ADMITTED TO THE DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDEX 2010

Published on Thursday, 3 September 2009

- CEO Fulvio Conti: “We are very satisfied with the results achieved by Enel and by Endesa, which confirm the entire Group’s commitment to maintaining a world class standard of sustainability and transparency”
- Based on the latest Shareholder ID report from July of this year, SRI funds hold 17% of Enel’s free-float shares owned by institutional investors, corresponding to 5% of its share capital.

Rome, September 3rd, 2009 – Once again in 2010, for the sixth year in a row, Enel will be admitted to the prestigious Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Index (DJSI STOXX) and the selective Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). The DJSI World includes just 10% of the 2,500 most important companies in the world which are chosen based on their sustainability. According to SAM and Dow Jones, Enel is also the “Sustainability Leader” for Italy in the ELC – Electricity sector.

In part due to its new expanded scope of consolidation that now includes the Russian OGK-5, and Endesa in Spain and Latin America (included once again in the DJSI World and admitted to the DJSI STOXX), Enel’s performance improved in the environmental and social sectors of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index compared with last year’s assessment, thereby strengthening its international presence and gaining the appreciation of sustainability financial analysts for its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Fulvio Conti stated “We are very satisfied with the results achieved by Enel and by Endesa, which confirm the entire Group’s commitment to maintaining a world class standard of sustainability and transparency. Enel is also among the top 14 “best in class” utilities chosen by two Scandinavian ethical funds—Storebrand Pionér and Storebrand Global SRI—recognizing the adoption of cutting-edge environmental and social policies by companies.”

The DJSI STOXX, the Dow Jones Sustainability North America (DJSI North America), and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) track the performance of the leading 120 firms (20% out of a total of 600 participants) in their respective regions, while the DJSI World covers 250 major companies throughout the world, selected using financial, environmental and social criteria. In order to be chosen, companies must periodically demonstrate, through regular meetings with analysts and by filling out an annual questionnaire, that they are putting leading sustainability practices into effect.

Enel’s ethical performance has also been recognized by its inclusion in other sustainability indices. For many years now, the Enel Group has been a constant presence on the major indices monitored by ethical funds such as the Global Top 25 Ethical and the Global Renewable Energy Equity compiled by E-Capital Partners.

In addition to guiding the portfolio choices of international ethical funds, the sustainability indices comprise a global stock market benchmark that assesses, using rigorous internationally recognized criteria, the performance of leading companies.

Based on the latest Shareholder ID report from July of this year, that includes the results from the recent rights offering, SRI funds (Socially Responsible Investment) hold 17% of Enel’s free-float shares owned by institutional investors, corresponding to 5% of its share capital. The funds investing in Enel are mainly based in France (47%), Germany (17%), North America and the United Kingdom (16%) and the Netherlands (10%).

In drafting its Sustainability Report, which is required for accession to the indices, Enel has adopted since 2006 the GRI-G3 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, a network consisting of thousands of experts that have established the most advanced and rigorous sustainability reporting standards on an international scale. Enel is among the world's first companies to have received, for a third year in a row, the highest A+ rating for compliance with and application of the GRI-G3 guidelines and Enel is preparing to apply the even more stringent GRI-EUSS (Electric Utilities Sector Supplement) standards applicable to utilities in the electricity sector.

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