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Main Actions Undertaken 2016

Actions undertaken by REN in 2016 were in line with the three axes of the 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, within the framework of the three pillars it comprises: Balance, Equality and Inclusion.

A number of actions were undertaken in 2016 in connection with the axis of stakeholder involvement and satisfaction. These include the third REN Agir Award, which is dedicated to combating poverty and social exclusion, and for which 176 applications were received, the highest amount since its creation in 2013.

Localizar-TE, a project undertaken by the Oikos Braga division, was the overall winner, while the projects TLT - Talentos em Livre Trânsito (Talents in Free Transit) and Super Babysitters were also awarded. Together, these three projects directly benefited 618 people.

The 21st REN Awards, the oldest scientific prize in Portugal, received almost twice as many applications as it did the previous year. Winning topics were electricity storage, the integration of renewable energies and the uncertainty of wind production.

The Share Programme, REN's corporate volunteer programme, saw an increase of 12% in volunteers, bringing the number of employees up to 104.

In addition to this figure, 43 relatives of REN employees took part. There was also an increase of 24% in hours worked by volunteers in comparison to 2015, bringing the number up to 705 for employees and 170 for relatives of employees. This programme comprises a number of initiatives, such as entrepreneurism schemes for young people, run by Junior Achievement Portugal (http://www.japortugal.org), cleaning of the Mafra forest, collection of food for the Food Bank and support for initiatives to combat early school leaving run by EPIS - Entrepreneurs for Social Inclusion (http://www.epis.pt), among others.

In 2016, REN once again supported various institutions Social action highlights include participation in activities run by the Comunidade Vida e Paz (Life and Peace Community), the campaign #VamosAjudarOsBombeiros (Lets Help our Firefighters), support for the disabled sports programme and action to promote quality of life undertaken by the Salvador Association (www.associacaosalvador.com), and the social project Amigos Sem Fronteiras (Friends Without Borders). In the areas of culture and education, REN has 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 at the Instituto Superior Técnico (Higher Technical Institute) of the University of Lisbon. REN also renewed its partnership with the National Museum of Ancient Art, of which it is a patron.
Highlights in the field of sports include support for the Olympic and Paralympic Committee in competitions held in 2016, and in the preparation of the Ankara Deaflympics Games in 2017.

REN maintained its participation in the project GestãoTransparente.org (Transparent Management), of which it is a founding member. The purpose of the project is to combine international efforts aimed at combating corruption through collective action and political dialogue initiatives, and through raising awareness about the topic. With regard to environmental protection, REN held 1 reforestation activity in Vila Verde which involved 100 6th and 7th year students from local schools. As part of its reforestation activities, REN has planted a total of 107,353 trees in 2016 to date.

Also worth mentioning is the continuous work on the LIFE Elia project, which aims to promote and create green corridors in forests crossed by REN installations.

The Heróis de Toda a Espécie (Heroes of All Kinds) programme (www.heroisdetodaaespecie.pt), an educational initiative aimed at 3rd and 4th year children from all over the country, was run in 10 schools in 2016. This educational project, undertaken with the support of the Nature and Forest Conservation Institute and the Directorate General for Education, saw the participation of 750 students from northern to southern Portugal.

Also in 2016, REN continued research work on the Biodiversity Chair, in conjunction with the Foundation for Science and Technology and the University of Porto. This work is based on three pillars: monitoring, minimising and offsetting impacts; population ecology; and citizen science.

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