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.
For us, the most significant environmental impacts involve emissions into the atmosphere from combustion processes, releases from natural gas networks and from use of the company vehicle fleet, as well as from the waste generated by network construction and maintenance activities and from the restoration of industrial areas.
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.
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 2017, while energy consumption increased slightly compared to the previous year to reach 591.4 TJ, the total GHG emissions, amounting to around 657 thousand tons of CO2eq, fell compared to 2016 as a result of the lower procurement volume.
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 in the first few months of 2019 to totally renew the company fleet with methane-powered vehicles and install charger columns at company offices.
The most important impact as regards waste is that relating to reclamation, environmental restoration and monitoring of disused sites, whilst less significant are the quantities of waste associated with maintenance and management of the production plants and the replacement of meters.
In 2017, the waste produced amounted to around 14,420 tonnes, 89% of which deriving from reclamation activities carried out on a total of 32 sites. 99% of the waste produced was classified as non-hazardous, whilst 89% of the waste from production activities, most of which ferrous material, was sent for recycling.
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).
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