Energy efficiency and the environment
Aware of the impact that our business activities have on the community, we operate with maximum respect for the environment and natural resources.
We have adopted a responsible and transparent business approach with the aim of the company and community growing together, efficiently managing energy and natural resources, limiting the environmental impact of our infrastructures, taking good care of our people and, in more general terms our stakeholders.
To this end, we have formalised our commitments and objectives into the HSEQ Policy of Italgas Reti, and adopted the most advanced management systems, certified in accordance with international standards, for aspects of health, safety, environment and energy efficiency.
In addition, to further reduce the social and environmental impact of our business, we carry out constant technological research and innovation and promote actions and projects for the energy efficiency of processes, improvement of plant safety conditions and environmental reclamation of former manufactured gas production sites.
During the past year, we have also invested in energy efficiency projects which, thanks to the acquisition of Seaside, one of the largest Italian Energy Service Companies, have enabled us to find technologically advanced solutions for the increasingly efficient management of infrastructure, processes and services.
In the last year, the project to convert our corporate auto fleet to being methane-powered was significantly driven forward, and we have set ourselves the goal of renewing it entirely within two years.
Other achievements include raising the share of gas in the company's energy mix to 80% and reducing the carbon footprint produced by 5%.
share of gas in our energy mix
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Atmospheric emissions and energy efficiency
Among the different objectives of respect and promotion of environmental protection, limiting energy consumption and reducing the carbon footprint are two of the most important targets together with the improvement of energy efficiency. That is why over the coming year we'll be installing efficient systems that can reduce energy consumption in the gas preheating phase and we will consider installing energy-efficient luminaires (LEDs) in buildings and substations.
At the same time, we will replace the cast iron pipes that have lead hemp joints, not only to increase safety levels but also help to reduce the release of gas into the atmosphere.
In general, throughout our service area, for the next two years we will be engaged in the gas advocacy project to increase the number of redelivery points in areas that still use LPG or other fuels. And by doing so also sign important partnerships to develop new uses of gas.
Our main energy consumption - primarily natural gas, followed by electricity and diesel - is associated with industrial processes, whilst a more limited portion is linked to the use of the company vehicle fleet by employees and procurement.
In 2018, energy consumption was significantly lower than last year with a result of 561.59 TJ compared to 591.42 TJ in 2017, partly due to the migration of infrastructure and cloud-based application map.
A trial continued in 2018 on the central heating management system for Reduction and Measurement (IPRM) plants, aimed at reducing preheated gas, a system that combines the Energy Multivariable Master thermoregulation (EMMa) optimization technology with a gas absorption heat pump.
To improve the energy efficiency of Reduction and Measurement plants (IPRM), in 2018 we equipped 28 of them with microcontroller devices that significantly reduce preheating consumption and that reduce the possibility of condensation in the summer months.
Total GHG emissions amounted to approximately 717 thousand tonnes of CO2eq, which is higher than last year as a result of the increase in emissions (+ 50%) and the launch of new initiatives. Fugitive emissions increased slightly due to a larger network since we acquired new networks and implemented some methanization campaigns in southern Italy.
In line with the development and implementation of the main programmes for curbing energy consumption and emissions, we have launched two major plans:
a plan to convert the distribution networks currently based on LPG to natural gas, involving the conversion of a total 76 km of network by the end of 2020;
the plan to totally renew by early 2019 the company fleet with methane-powered vehicles and install charger columns at company offices.
Energy efficiency: what the regulations demand
By Decree dated 11 January 2017, the Ministry for Economic Development reiterated that all electricity and natural gas distributors with at least 50,000 end customers connected to their distribution network are obliged to achieve certain energy saving targets for the years 2017-2020.
Through subsidiaries or companies operating in the energy services sector, the distributors can then directly implement projects to the benefit of end users that improve the energy efficiency of installed technologies or related usage practices, or to purchase Energy Efficiency Certificates (EECs) - also known as white certificates - from third parties, confirming the achievement of energy savings and issued by the Energy Market Operator (GME) to companies operating in the energy services sector, based on savings achieved and reported to the GME by the Energy Services Operator (GSE).
The most important impact in terms of waste is that of reclamation, environmental restoration and monitoring of disused sites, and in the next two years, also that of the activities of virtuous disposal of mechanical meters, to be replaced by smart meters.
In the long term, over the next five years, we will determine the most useful and sustainable approach to managing the end of life of the smart meters themselves.
In 2018, waste generated by operations amounted to 761 tonnes; including 2017 waste stocks of 48 tonnes, the total value of waste sent for recovery or disposal for 2018 amounted to 809 tonnes, 99% of which was non-hazardous.
This type of waste is made up partly of mechanical meters, subject to a massive replacement campaign, and partly of material obtained from the excavation activities carried out by the newly incorporated companies (Acam Gas, SGS) before their merger and from the activity of verifying the correct installation of the networks.
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