Campaigning in the courts
Rome courts rejected a defamation suit lodged by the Italian energy provider Enel against Greenpeace-Italy for its “Shedding light on Enel” campaign. The NGO has been running a major campaign against coal-burning power stations in Italy, and Enel is its main target. Greenpeace states that the cost of air pollution caused by the group’s coal-fired plants kills 366 people per year and costs the country two billion euros per year, figures based on research by the Somo institute. The energy provider pleaded that it complies with prevailing norms and laws and that nearly half of its electricity generated is produced with zero emissions. But for the tribunal, “the heart of Greenpeace’s argument is true.” Enel says it will be launching an appeal.