Italgas is recognised as a Top Employer 2022 in Italy

Italgas is recognised as a Top Employer 2022 in Italy

The 2022 Top Employers have been announced and Italgas has been recognised as a Top Employer in Italgas.

Being certified as a Top Employer showcases an organisation’s dedication to a better world of work and exhibits this through excellent HR policies and people practices.

The Top Employers Institute programme certifies organisations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. The survey covers 6 HR domains consisting of 20 topics including People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion and more.

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink says: “Reflecting on the demanding year that has, like the year before it, impacted organisations across the world, Italgas has continued to show that it prioritises maintaining excellent people practices in the workplace. They continue to meet the challenges of the changing world of work while working tirelessly to make a positive impact on the lives of their workforce. We are pleased to celebrate and applaud the organisations that have been certified as Top Employers in their respective countries this year.”

The programme has certified and recognised more than 1 857 Top Employers in 123 countries/regions across five continents.

About Top Employers Institute

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognising excellence in People Practices. We help accelerate these practices to enrich the world of work. Through the Top Employers Institute Certification Programme, participating companies can be validated, certified and recognised as an employer of choice. Established over 30 years ago, Top Employers Institute has certified over 1857 organisations in 123 countries/regions. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over 8 million employees globally.

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Ravanusa: latest updates from Italgas

This page contains the latest updates from Italgas regarding the events in Ravanusa.

Update page.

Turin, 31 December 2021 – 1:30 p.m.

Ravanusa, Italgas Reti: maximum collaboration to reconstruct the exact dynamics of events

Italgas Reti informs that within the investigations aimed at establishing the causes of the tragic event occurred last December 11 in Ravanusa (Agrigento), some of its employees have received notices of investigation served by the Court of Agrigento. The notices were necessary in order to be able to carry out non-repeatable technical investigations, which will take place over the next few days to reconstruct the dynamics of the events.

The company, in taking note of these measures, confirms the maximum collaboration during the upcoming activities to support the investigators, as it has done from the beginning of the event.

Turin, 17 December 2021 – 10:00 a.m.

Programmed Search for Leaks

Our Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) activity consists in a survey via car and/or by foot of the network.

Since 2019, Italgas Reti has been using the Picarro Surveyor, a vehicle based on the most advanced technologies for methane detection, based on laser absorption spectroscopy.

The Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) is based on a sophisticated technology that, compared to its traditional counterparts, offers important advantages with regards to speed of survey and magnitude of areas that can be scanned. These advantages are made possible thanks to modern vehicular systems paired with advanced software which, together, allow us to detect methane up to three scales of magnitude more than traditional techniques used in the sector.

The main characteristics of this system are as follows:

  • The sensitivity of the measurements is in the order of parts per billion (ppb), which is three scales of magnitude more than systems used by other gas distributors.
  • It is also capable of identifying a gas leak at a dozen meters distance to the pathway undertaken by the survey vehicle. As shown on the graph below, this is thanks to dedicated onboard sensors (anemometer, inertial GPS) and sophisticated software

Picarro LDAR System 

Traditional LDAR system

For more information about Picarro, watch the video

Legal requirements

In the Regulatory Authority’s Resolution n. 569/19/R/gas, article 12.2 lays out the following requirements:

  • 100% frequency of inspection for medium and high-pressure pipelines every 3 years
  • 100% frequency of inspection for low-pressure networks every 4 years

The Italian Gas Committee’s (CIG) Guideline nr. 16 recommends “the execution of programmed and localised LDAR inspections”, and in paragraph 7.2.5 indicated that “the strength of the signals for whom one must proceed to identify the source of the leak must be larger or equal to 20 ppm”.

The CIG’s Guideline nr. 16, in paragraph 7.2.5 “the localisation of leaks needs to be done as quickly as possible, and in any case within 30 days of the first detection”.

The CIG’s Guideline nr. 7, in paragraph nr. 6, lays out the timeline for repairing leaks based on their classification as follows:

ClassTimeframe for intervention
A124 hours
A27 days
B30 days
C180 days

With consideration for the abovementioned obligations, Italgas, with the aim of guaranteeing the security of its network has chosen to:

  • Inspect 100% of its network every year
  • Localise, classify and repair all leaks that are also under the 20 ppm limit
  • Reduce timeframes for localisation and repair of leaks

Ravanusa

The Municipality of Ravanusa counts 52,5 Km of network, which have been entirely surveyed in 2020 and also in 2021. In particular, in 2021, 3 leaks were detected, all with concentrations below 20 ppm and outside of the area of the event in Via Trilussa, and were rapidly repaired.

Turin, 16 December 2021 – 13:36 p.m.

An Italgas Reti’s spokesperson informs that, following the evacuation of residents from the sequestered area in Ravanusa, in order to ensure the highest level of safety, the company has decided to temporarily shut down the sections of the distribution network in the sequestered area.

Therefore, to safeguard the community, Company technicians will activate specific worksites in the following areas:

  • via Savonarola, corner of via Tommaso D’Aquino
  • Trilussa corner of via Savonarola
  • via Della Pace corner of via Delle Scuole
  • via Trilussa corner of via Cicervacchio
  • via Galilei courtyard no. 202
  • via Galilei courtyard 204
  • via Galilei corner of via Della Pace

The works will be completed by tomorrow morning.

Turin, 15 December 2021 – 12:30 p.m.

With reference to the municipal construction site on Via San Francesco, Ravanusa, images of which were filmed by some newscasts, websites and newspapers, in order to avoid the spread of incorrect information, Italgas Reti specifies that this is work planned by the Municipality of Ravanusa and not therefore by Italgas Reti.

For this construction site, the Company promptly provided the maps showing the position of its grids. In the area where work has been halted for some time, there is a short section of the gas mains (shown in the images), consisting of a steel grid. This is no longer in operation and was replaced in December 2013 by a new polyethylene pipe laid parallel to it.

The Company is inspecting the site on a weekly basis to ensure that the work carried out by the companies appointed by the Municipality does not cause damage to the operating grid. During the latest inspection, carried out on 7th December last, the grids were covered by the layer of hardcore required. The fact that they are currently uncovered is probably due to the recent copious precipitation. In any case, Italgas Reti is liaising with the Municipal Administration to ensure that, as the site manager, it promptly restores the required layer of hardcore over the grid.

Milan, 14 December 2021 – 8:00 p.m.

With regard to the news released today regarding gas leaks reported in the town of Ravanusa, Italgas Reti specifies that it received three reports regarding Via Calabria, Via San Francesco and Via Galileo Galilei. Checks were carried out and no leaks were detected in two cases. In the third, the engineers replaced a short section of small diameter piping along the edge of the roadway. The reports were all verified by extending the checks on the network to all the neighbouring streets.

Italgas Reti specifies that it has deployed a stable emergency response unit in the town of Ravanusa to ensure an even more timely response to any further reports.

Furthermore, in agreement with the Municipal Administration, Italgas Reti is currently monitoring the entire city network using Picarro Surveyor technology, the most advanced leak detection system. This monitoring activity, which began this afternoon, is expected to take place mainly at night and will continue for the next few days. It is additional to the checks already carried out in 2020 and 2021, using the same technology, on the entire Ravanusa network.

Italgas Reti reiterates that during the week prior to the event on Via Trilussa:

  • there were no Company work sites in the area, nor had any work been carried out;
  • no reports of any kind were received by the Emergency Services;
  • the only activities carried out by the Company involved the regular maintenance of the road valves, located in areas distant from Via Trilussa, and eight technical inspections for the replacement or activation of meters;
  • it is not aware of any other activities carried out by the operators of other underground services.

Technical characteristics of the network in the event area:

  • on Via Trilussa, the cathodically protected coated steel pipe, measuring 100 mm in diameter, was laid in 1988 (within its useful life as per ARERA requirements);
  • the secondary section along Via Galilei is made of polyethylene with an external diameter of 180 mm, laid in 2014

The Company is working closely with the authorities and deploying all the technologies and resources available to support the area hit by the tragic event.

Milan, 13 December – 6.40 p.m.

With regard to the event that occurred in Ravanusa, the Company reiterates its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and its support for the entire community affected by this tragedy.

With regard to the news reported by several press agencies, in order to provide all the information needed for an accurate reconstruction of the events, and avoid harmful and distorted speculations, Italgas would like to point out that the Ravanusa network did not undergo any investigation or survey during the period of judicial administration imposed in 2014 by Silvana Saguto, the then Presiding Judge of the Preventive Measures Section of the Court of Palermo, who was later expelled from the Judiciary “for illegal business in the management of confiscated assets”.

The judicial administration was revoked in July 2015.

Italgas Reti confirms its commitment to work with the Judiciary and the relevant Authorities to accurately reconstruct the dynamics of the event.

Milan, 13 December – 6.15 p.m.

With regard to the investigations carried out by the judicial administrators in 2014 on the gas distribution networks managed by Italgas Reti, the company reports that all the situations reported across the country were analysed with the support of independent external bodies – universities and national research centres – and were remedied where necessary.

Milan, 13 December – 5.20 p.m.

With regard to the news circulated today about alleged maintenance work carried out by Italgas on the Ravanusa network in the 5 days preceding the event, Italgas Reti states that – based on the records held in the company’s systems – there is no evidence of work carried out on the road network, but only routine activities carried out on domestic meters and on some road valves that are required on a regular basis.

These activities took place in the town of Ravanusa, on streets distant from the place of the event.

The activities carried out are scheduled maintenance operations required to check the manoeuvrability of the network valves and do not involve any work on the pipes.

They consist of the following operations:

  • Inspection and cleaning of the well;
  • Greasing of the valve;
  • Checking the manoeuvrability of the valve.

Milan, 12 December – 7.20 p.m.

With regard to the event in Ravanusa, Italgas expresses its sorrow and offers its condolences to the community affected by this dramatic event and in particular to the people who lost their loved ones.

The Company has offered to work with and support the Municipality of Ravanusa and the Civil Protection force to provide the necessary assistance to citizens, as well as to cooperate fully with the authorities to the extent of its responsibilities.

The following has emerged from an initial assessment of the event.

No reports of any kind have been received in the past week by the Emergency Response Service complaining of gas leaks.

Following the event, the first report was made by telephone by the Fire Brigade at 21:02 to the Italgas Reti Integrated Supervision Centre.

The Company’s technical staff arrived on site at 21:20.

The initial network sectioning work intended to make the grid safe began at midnight after the Fire Brigade had given the respective authorisation.

At 02:05 on 12/12, the Italgas Reti technicians completed the work required to isolate the section of grid that crosses the area affected by the event.

The piping is made of steel with a diameter of 100 mm and is a low pressure grid.

There were no Italgas Reti work sites on the grid section concerned.

The Ravanusa distribution network was fully inspected in both 2020 and 2021.

Italgas: contract signed in Athens for the acquisition of 100% of the Greek company Depa Infrastructure S.A.

Athens, 10 December 2021 – Italgas today signed the Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the acquisition of 100% of DEPA Infrastructure S.A. owned by Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF) and Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HELPE), for an equity value of 733 million euros.

The Sale & Purchase Agreement (SPA) was signed by the CEO of Italgas SpA, Mr. Paolo Gallo, and the CEO of Italgas Reti, Mr. Pier Lorenzo Dell’Orco, the CEO of HRADF, Mr. Dimitris Politis, the General Manager of Strategic Planning and Group Development of HELPE, Mr. George Alexopoulos, the Group General Counsel of HELPE, Mr. John Apsouris, and follows the conclusion of the tender for the privatization of DEPA Infrastructure and the identification of Italgas as the preferred bidder for the transaction by HRADF and HELPE on 9 September.

The signing took place in the presence of the Minister of Finance, Mr. Christos Staikouras, the Minister of Development & Investments, Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, the Minister of Energy, Mr. Costas Skrekas, the Chairman of Italgas, Mr. Alberto Dell’Acqua, the Ambassador of Italy, Mrs. Patrizia Falcinelli, the CEO of HCAP, Mr. Gregory D. Dimitriadis, the Managing Director of HELPE, Mr. Andreas Siamishis, the Executive Director of HRADF, Mr. Panagiotis Stampoulidis, the Chairman of DEPA Infrastructure, Mr. Charitonas Kyriazis and the CEO of the company, Mr. Michail Hatzis.

The completion of the acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions, such as the approval of the transaction by the Greek supervisory authority RAE and the clearing of the Greek antitrust authority HCC.

DEPA Infrastructure currently owns 51 percent of Thessaloniki – Thessalia Gas Distribution S.A. (EDA Thess), 100 percent of Attiki Natural Gas Distribution Single Member Company S.A. (EDA Attikis) and 100 percent of Public Gas Distribution Networks S.A. (DEDA), the three leading gas distribution players in Greece, which together manage 6,900 kilometers of network and 509,000 redelivery points.

The transaction will be financed entirely by Italgas using committed lines of financing.

Paolo Gallo, CEO of Italgas, commented:

“Today marks the beginning of a new and important phase in the recent history of Italgas. After nearly twenty years, we are returning to operate abroad, and we are doing so in a country like Greece, which has recognized our technical and technological leadership and our role as a strategic partner in effectively tackling the process of phase-out from coal and lignite for the decarbonization of the economy. The expected strong increase in gas demand will be met by an increasingly widespread, smart and flexible distribution network, which will distribute natural gas to a growing number of consumers and will be ready to accept renewable gases such as biomethane and green hydrogen. We are thrilled to share with the Greek government the experience we have gained in our almost two centuries of history and the technological know-how acquired in recent years of great digital transformation”.

Italgas: UNI ISO 37001 anti-corruption certification renewed for Group companies

 Milan, 23 November 2021 – Italgas has obtained the renewal of the UNI ISO 37001:2016 “Management systems for the prevention of corruption” certification for Italgas S.p.A. and the subsidiary Italgas Reti S.p.A. for a further three years, and has confirmed the maintenance of the same certification for a further 8 Group companies: Toscana Energia, Medea, Italgas Acqua, Gaxa, Seaside, Umbria Distribuzione and Metano Sant’Angelo Lodigiano. 

This system, adopted on a voluntary basis and certified in accordance with the internationally recognised standard, was verified by the independent certification organism DNV-GL Business Assurance Italia following a long and thorough audit process. 

We strongly believe that the governance of any Company – commented Italgas CEO, Paolo Gallo cannot disregard values such as transparency and legality. The decision to subject all of the Group’s companies to this verification process is in line with our vision of business and represents the basis of our daily actions“. 

Italgas Preferred Bidder in the tender for the privatization of DEPA Infrastructure S.A.

Milan, 9 September 2021 – Italgas announces that it has been selected as “Preferred Bidder” in the tender process for the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of DEPA Infrastructure S.A., currently owned by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF) and Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HELPE).

DEPA Infrastructure holds a 51% stake in Thessaloniki – Thessalia Gas Distribution S.A. (EDA Thess), a 100% stake in Attiki Natural Gas Distribution Single Member Company S.A. (EDA Attikis) and a 100% stake in Public Gas Distribution Networks S.A. (DEDA), the three major gas distribution companies in Greece.

Italgas CEO Paolo Gallo commented:

“We are the ideal partner to support the Greek government in the development of a key energy infrastructure that will allow the country to rapidly proceed along the path of decarbonisation of the economy. Thanks to a new generation of «native digital» grids – extensive, flexible and smart – we will support the phase-out programme from coal and lignite via natural gas, while at the same time promoting the energy transition to renewable sources such as biomethane, e-gas and green hydrogen. We will bring to Greece the experience and implementation capability that we have gained in almost two centuries of history, together with the skills developed in the digital transformation of the network and the Digital Factory that today place the Italgas Group in a position of undisputed technological leadership in the sector worldwide”.

Alberto Dell’Acqua, Italgas Chairman, stated:

“I am proud of the result achieved, which rewards the Italian entrepreneurial capability as well as the technical and technological leadership of Italgas. In recent years, the company has been able to continue to grow and is now recognized as an international benchmark for the sector also in the perspective of energy transition”.

Italgas has agreed to pay a consideration equal to 733 million Euro for 100% of DEPA Infrastructure equity.

Italgas will fund the transaction via a fully committed financing package.

The signing of the agreements for the acquisition is subject to completion of further steps envisaged by the tender procedure and by local legislation, while the closing of the transaction is expected by year-end, once the required authorizations have been received (including anti-trust clearance).

Italgas has been assisted by J.P. Morgan as Sole Financial Advisor and Sole Underwriter of the financing, by Milbank and Karatzas and Partners as Legal Advisors, by Grant Thornton as Regulatory Advisor and by Mazars as Accounting and Tax Advisor.

Conference call 

At 3pm CET on Thursday September 16, 2021, a conference call will be held to present the transaction to financial analysts and investors. The presentation may be viewed, through audio webcasting, on the Company’s website (www.italgas.it). In conjunction with the conference call, the supporting material for the presentation will also be provided in the “Investor Relations/Presentations” section of the website.

Italgas and Salesforce: Strategic agreement for the development of a solution to digitally transform the Capital Deployment activity

Milan, July 29, 2021 – Italgas, Italy’s leading player in gas distribution and third in Europe, and Salesforce, global leader in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), signed a strategic agreement aimed at optimizing Italgas Capital Deployment through advanced digital solutions.

The agreement is part of a broader transformation journey launched in 2017 with over 2 billion Euros investment, which aims at enabling Italgas to become the world’s first utility with a fully digital network.

The agreement will see Bludigit, the Italgas Group’s IT new company, leverage the Salesforce platform to support capital deployment, create new ways of working and boost productivity across the Group, ensuring investments are effectively delivered on time and within budget. This includes:

  • optimizing each phase of capital deployment (from investment planning, to engineering design, permit requests to procurement, project execution to operations and maintenance), through the introduction of smart and flexible functionalities;
  • automating information exchange across the different design and execution phases;
  • providing end-to-end visibility across the entire investment deployment plan, to boost productivity and remove potential process bottlenecks.

“If I had to represent the digital transformation journey commented Italgas CEO Paolo Gallothe most faithful image would be like a continuous flow. It would be a paradox if we were to consider it a conclusive process because there are always new opportunities to simplify projects and daily operations and make them more efficient. The agreement with Salesforce will enable us to further improve the efficiency of our processes and give new boost to the achievement of the sustainability targets included in our Strategic Plan that will contribute to the energy transition and the net zero goals”.

“Salesforce is delighted to support Italgas on its digital transformation journey,” said Gavin Patterson, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Salesforce. “With the Salesforce Customer 360 platform, Italgas will be able to build a single source of truth across the entire capex cycle, breaking silos through effective data integration and visualization and creating a step change in process efficiency”.

Italgas and Salesforce: Strategic agreement for the development of a solution to digitally transform the Capital Deployment activity

Sardinia: acquired from Conscoop the whole share capital of Isgas33

Milan, 13 July 2021 – Italgas today completed the acquisition of the whole share capital of Isgas33, the company holding the concession to manage the gas service in Basin 33 in Sardinia, from Conscoop, cooperative society based in Forlì.

The acquisition, announced on 28 January, was finalised following the fulfilment of the conditions set out in the sale and purchase agreement.

In particular, last January Isgas33 completed the conversion from propane air to natural gas of the distribution network in the municipalities of Quartu S. Elena, Monserrato, Quartucciu, Settimo S. Pietro and Sinnai.

More specifically, the company’s assets include:

– 242 km of network;

– Around 700 active PdR (redelivery points);

– 1 LNG plant with a capacity of 60 cubic metres.

The value of the transaction is EUR 25 million (enterprise value), equal to the estimated RAB for the company’s assets, adjusted for the value of the financial debt at closing.

With the completion of the transaction, the number of Basins in which Italgas is present in Sardinia through its subsidiary Medea has risen to 18 (out of 38). Furthermore, with the acquisition of this network, Italgas, through its subsidiary Medea, has: (i) approximately 1,400 km of networks for natural gas, two thirds of which are already in operation, (ii) about 250 km of LPG-fuelled networks whose conversion – in progress – will be completed by 2021 and (iii) approximately 600 km of propane-fuelled networks in the municipalities of Cagliari, Sassari, Nuoro and Oristano, which will be converted to natural gas. The end customers currently served are 50,000 with the aim of growing them to 150,000 over the next few years. All networks are and will be fully digitalised and equipped for the installation of fibre optics to serve local communities.

Bludigit announcement

Italgas announces the birth of Bludigit, the new company that brings together all the Information Technology activities of the Group. It will give a new boost to innovation and digital transformation.

The new organization, headed by Marco Barra Caracciolo, formerly CIO of Italgas, can rely on the skills of around 100 people and will allow both to increase the Group’s internal efficiency, making the digital transformation even more central, and to offer the market the new proprietary technological solutions.

Rome, 8 July 2021 – Bludigit S.p.A. is born, the new Italgas company in which all the Group’s Information Technology activities and the Digital Factory, the technological innovation hub created to develop digital solutions that enable business transformation, have been concentrated.

The new company, which can immediately rely on the skills of over one hundred people, controls assets worth around 100 million euros and more than 100 contracts for a total value of over 300 million euros.

Bludigit is the natural evolution of the digital transformation path started by Italgas in 2017 and will allow further rationalization of IT activities in terms of efficiency and internal cost control while developing new synergies inside and outside the Group in a service provider approach. Through the new company, the Group will offer cutting-edge proprietary digital solutions, making its in-house developed skills and applications available to other operators in the energy and infrastructure sector.

President and CEO of Bludigit is Marco Barra Caracciolo, formerly CIO of Italgas. With a degree in Electronic Engineering, 53 years old, Barra Caracciolo has a deep knowledge of the IT world, having held relevant positions in this sector.

Paolo Gallo, CEO of Italgas, affirmed: “Digital transformation is at the heart of our strategy, the main enabler of the growth path that will allow us also to support the energy transition to achieve the EU 2030 and 2050 targets. Four years ago, we started our digitalization process with a visionary choice, the adoption of the public cloud, and then we continued with a deep business transformation in the management of assets, processes, and people. And the evolution goes on. Today, with the birth of Bludigit, we aim to give a further boost to this path and to enhance the proprietary technologies developed in our Digital Factory by offering them also to operators from different sectors”.

Italgas acquires from CPL Concordia control of the company European Gas Network (‘EGN’)

Milan, 22 June 2018 – Italgas has signed today a binding agreement for the purchase from CPL Concordia of:

  • a 60% controlling stake in EGN (“European Gas Network”), which directly and indirectly[1] manages approximately 60,000 users and 37 concessions for the distribution of natural gas in Sicily, Calabria and Campania.
  • 100% of Naturgas S.r.l., operator of the natural gas distribution service in San Giuseppe Vesuviano (NA), with approximately 2,700 users served;
  • 100% of Fontenergia S.r.l., the gas service operator in the pools 22 of the Sardinia region, with over 7,000 users temporarily served by LPG.

 

The total valuation (enterprise value) of the companies involved in the agreement has been set at €116 million. At the closing of the transaction, the amount will be paid in full in cash, net of net financial debt, as at 30 June 2018.

The agreements for the acquisition of EGN provide a put and call option on the remaining 40% stake held by the seller, exercisable from the 6th month from the closing date of the transaction and at the same price per share set at the closing for the 60%, net of the the amount of dividends distributed by the company.

The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 and is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent.

Paolo Gallo, Chief Executive Officer of Italgas, commented as follows:

“As illustrated in the last few days during the presentation of the 2018-2024 Strategic Plan, M&A operations are one of Italgas’ areas of growth and consolidation in the sector: the 70,000 redelivery points acquired today demonstrate Italgas’ ability to achieve its objectives (110,000 new points in 2018). In one year, Italgas has acquired approximately 140,000 new active redelivery points and a portfolio of concessions with a high development potential. We continue to invest in areas of the country, such as Sardinia and Southern Italy, that need modern and technological infrastructure, thus creating the conditions to create value for all citizens, for our shareholders and for the Italian gas distribution system as a whole”.

[1] EGN in its turn controls 100% of the companies CPL Distribuzione S.r.l., Ischia Gas S.r.l. and Marigliano Gas S.r.l.

CEOs of EU leading gas distributors met Violeta Bulc, Commissioner in charge of Transports

Brussels, June 21st 2018 – Edouard Sauvage, CEO of GRDF (France), Dan Pantilie, CEO of Distrigaz Sud Retele (Romania), Gabriel Sousa, CEO of Galp Gás Natural Distribuição (Portugal), Nuria Rodriguez Peinado, CEO of Nedgia (Spain), Antoni Peris, Managing Director of Regulated Business of Gas Natural (Spain) and Paolo Gallo, CEO of Italgas (Italy) met today Violeta Bulc to present the benefits of natural and renewable gas for the decarbonisation of transport in Europe.

One day after a workshop organized by the GD4S coalition on the contribution from natural and renewable gas for the decarbonization of transports, CEOs seized this opportunity to present to Commissioner Violeta Bulc success stories of local authorities which choose gas solutions for their urban mobility. Gas solutions are already available all over Europe and represent a credible solution to decarbonize transports.

They urge the Commissioner to unleash the potential of natural and renewable gas to accelerate transport decarbonization and allow the EU to reach its climate targets. They present key requests:

  • The application in all policies of a technology neutrality approach to ensure an effective decarbonization of the transport sector: the whole fuel supply chain should be taken into account and all technologies should be treated on equal foot to ensure a more realistic comparison of the environmental impacts of the different fuels
  • The development of a well-to-wheel approach instead of a tailpipe emissions approach for the heavy-duty vehicles segment: it is fundamental to consider the entire fuel and vehicle supply chain – not to mention battery production and disposal – to address the full benefits of renewable fuels such as biomethane
  • A consistent approach between Energy and Mobility European legislations for the light-duty vehicles segment: ensuring a real consistency between clean mobility legislations and the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (Dafi) will strengthen the current framework and allow investments

The GD4S coalition believes in the potential of renewable gas as a credible solution for the future of clean mobility in the EU. Achieving the European climate targets for transport sector will not require a single solution but a pool of different and efficient tools which could integrate, e-mobility and gas solutions.

The Gas Distributors for Sustainability (GD4S coalition), brings together the five largest gas distribution system operators (DSOs) in France, Italy, Spain, Romania and Portugal. Together we have 86% of gas vehicles in the EU and our companies represent 25 million customers in Europe. Together, we are committed to participate in the EU clean energy and clean mobility and we aim at raising awareness on the potential of natural gas and biogas.

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