Today, REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service by the Portuguese Firefighters’ League for the support provided to voluntary firefighting organisations in various regions of the country. The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to entities that, with their practices, have significantly and notably contributed to the enhancement and prestige of Protection and Rescue institutions.
As part of its policy of support for local communities, over the years, REN has implemented a series of actions that reinforce the company’s commitment to the prevention of wildfires, whether through the management of vegetation in easement corridors and reforestation programmes, or through close partnership with the Portuguese National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC – Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil) and other forestry-related entities. It is worth noting that, since 2009, REN has donated 89 vehicles to various institutions, including fire brigades and municipal fire-prevention teams.
For António Nunes, President of the Portuguese Firefighters’ League, REN’s unwavering support of firefighting associations and brigades is a clear and important demonstration of social responsibility assumed by the company through the provision of vehicles that can greatly contribute to bolstering the operational capabilities of firefighters. This is an example of deliberate corporate behaviour that can and should serve as a model for others.
Rodrigo Costa, Chairman and CEO of REN, thanked the Firefighters’ League, stating, “this medal is a great honour for us. Every day, REN’s employees are out in the field cleaning and reforesting with native species, an effort that supports the work of the fire brigades and that is crucial in defending the Portuguese territory. Environmental protection is one of the cornerstones of our sustainability strategy. We strongly believe that environmental protection must be encouraged, as it is the only way to mitigate the effects of climate change, which are increasingly evident nowadays.”