GD4S, the association of European Gas Distributors meets EU Commissioner for Transport, Adina Ioana Valean

The key role of distribution system operators (DSOs) and the significant potential of renewable gases for transport discussed

Bruxelles, 09 of December 2021 – Paolo Gallo, President of GD4S and CEO of Italgas, together with a delegation from the association that represents seven of Europe’s leading gas distribution system operators (DSOs) met with Adina Ioana Valean, EU Commissioner for Transport.  Among the topics discussed were the strategic role of DSOs and of renewable gases, such as biomethane, synthetic methane and green hydrogen, for the development of sustainable mobility in Europe.

The meeting, which was also attended by Leonidas Bakouras, General Manager of Edathess (Greece), Denis O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Gas Networks Ireland (Ireland), Narcis de Carreras, CEO of Nedgia (Spain) and Catherine Leboul-Proust, Director of Strategy GRDF (France) was an opportunity to highlight to Commissioner Valean the key elements of GD4S’ White Paper ‘Gas grids – a key enabler of decarbonisation’, with specific focus on the transport sector.  Published in June of this year, the association’s White Paper illustrates the main actions being undertaken by DSOs to support decarbonisation and confirms GD4S’ pledge to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

During the roundtable, GD4S representatives engaged with the Commissioner on the following:

  • The role of natural gas and renewable gases as alternative fuels for sustainable mobility.
  • The limitations of electric mobility, in particular, for heavy duty and long-haul transport, The association highlighted natural and renewable gases as the most efficient solutions.
  • The association’s concern in relation to the the focus on tailpipe emissions rather than life-cycle emissions, within the EC’s ‘Fit for 55’ package, an approach, the representatives indicated, that doesn’t allow for full exploitation of the potential of renewable fuels, such as biomethane.

Paolo Gallo, President of GD4S commented: Natural gas is recognised as the fuel which will power the energy transition, providing in the short and medium term, the opportunity to progress  from more polluting fuels, thereby significantly accelerating the decarbonisation of the economy. At the same time, digitalised gas infrastructure has a key role in fostering the potential of renewable gases such as biomethane, synthetic methane, and green hydrogen, and in reaching the climate targets set for 2050.  Thanks to their capacity for energy storage and as energy vectors, gas grids guarantee the necessary energy system flexibility. In addition, the strategic role of renewable gases for the development of a clean and sustainable mobility, in particular, in relation to public and long haul transportation, is abundantly clear.”

Italgas: CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) improves Italgas score to “A-“ for the fight against climate change

Milan, 7 December 2021 – Italgas has been recognised by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for its efforts in the fight to climate change for the fifth year in a row. This year the Group has been included in the “Leadership band” thanks to the improvement of its score to “A-“ from “B” last year, fin the “Climate change 2021” questionnaire. This score ranks Italgas above the European regional average and the Energy Utilities Networks sector, both ranked “B”.

Italgas is a leader in Italy in the gas distribution sector and third in Europe, it is present in almost 1,900 Italian municipalities with a historical presence in the major cities of Rome, Turin, Venice, Florence and Naples.

CDP is a non-profit organization that evaluates performances on climate change and environmental reporting every year. This year more than 13,000 companies worldwide answered to its questionnaires.

Italgas enters in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe and is confirmed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World for the 3rd consecutive year

Milan, 13 November 2021 – Italgas has been included for the first time in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe and confirmed for the third consecutive year in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World, confirming its position as one of the world’s top sustainability leaders. The two indexes are managed by S&P Global and include companies that have excelled in Europe and globally on sustainability topics.

Italgas achieved the highest score (90 points out of 100) in the GAS – Gas Utilities Industry out of 28 companies assessed in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (score date: 12 November 2021), with an improvement of 8 points versus last year.

The result achieved is a recognition of the Company’s strong commitment to all aspects of sustainability across its entire value chain, its daily activities and growth strategy. It also rewards the Company’s ability to develop increasingly accurate and transparent reporting.

Italgas has been assigned the “Gold Standard” in the first edition of the annual report of the International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) released by the United Nations Environment Programme

Milan, 4th November 2021 – Italgas has received the “Gold Standard” recognition in the first edition of the International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) Report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the support of the European Commission.


Italgas was evaluated positively for having set important methane emission reduction targets and defined detailed plans for direct measurements. According to the report, the company’s implementation plan presents substantial targets and credible timelines for their achievement.


Italgas’s commitment is twofold: first of all, to reduce its direct emissions, it has implemented specific asset replacement and maintenance programmes to reduce the possibility of future emissions and it has introduced cutting-edge technological solutions, including a new network monitoring system based on Picarro’s CRDS technology (Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy) which, in comparison with traditional technologies, offers significant advantages in terms of speed of execution, sensitivity of detection and coverage area. Secondly, Italgas joined the OGMP 2.0 initiative from the outset and is constantly working to ensure that other distribution operators also adopt proactive methane emission reduction behaviours.


The report, titled “An Eye on Methane, is based on data collected in the first year of implementation of OGMP 2.0, the new methane emissions reporting framework introduced by UNEP in 2020.

Italgas: the redevelopment of Parco Russoli is underway

Milan, 12 March 2019 – A new spring is approaching for the over 10,000 square meters of green area of the Franco Russoli park in via Carlo Bo. Thanks to a collaboration agreement signed with the Milan City Council, Italgas has started the redevelopment works that will affect the entire area between its Milan headquarters and the IULM university campus.

The project plans to renovate the existing structures (football pitches and bowling alleys, children’s play area), preserving the current overall layout of the park, but at the same time transforming the floors and furniture by introducing other areas of use available to citizens.

In the area there will be an outdoor fitness area, with equipment for physical activity and nine gymnastic stations for free-body exercises, as well as a space reserved for dogs. Particular care will be dedicated to greenery, with the introduction of new shrubby and herbaceous species that will contribute to enrich the vegetation, preferring evergreen and flowering plants with scaled flowering in the various seasons.

Other elements of the restyling include the enlargement of the aggregation area, with the insertion of a long pergola under which tables and benches will be placed, the improvement of the access and connection routes to the park and the renovation of the play area which will become fully accessible to disabled children.

“We would like to thank Italgas for having chosen to invest in the redevelopment of a park with great potential that has so far been under-exploited – says the Councillor for Urban Planning, Green and Agriculture Pierfrancesco Maran – . Russoli Park is the largest green area between Romolo and Famagosta and with this intervention will become much more attractive and liveable for residents and users of the neighborhood. The collaboration with Italgas is part of the “Cura e Adotta il Verde Pubblico” project, which allows more and more companies and companies to manage parks, flowerbeds, parterres, roundabouts and sports areas, consolidating the synergy between public and private in the care and growth of our city”.

“We are pleased to be able to collaborate with the City of Milan – is the comment of Italgas CEO Paolo Gallo – and to contribute to the development of the district that has been hosting our new headquarters for almost three years. The redevelopment of the Russoli park will make an area where hundreds of people pass through every day, including students, workers and residents, even more lively and enjoyable, offering new spaces and facilities that also stimulate physical activity and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. With this initiative we want to contribute to creating value for the territories where we are present, pursuing corporate social responsibility and putting people at the centre of our commitment, whether they are our employees or the people who live near our offices”.

Completion of the redevelopment work and delivery of the new Russoli Park to the townspeople is expected by the summer. As part of the agreement, the Municipality and Italgas have also agreed that Italgas will be responsible for the ordinary management of the area and its facilities for a three-year period.

Gas Distributors for Sustainability (GD4S) publishes White Paper promoting the role of gas networks as key enabler of the EU’s energy transition

Brussels, 3rd June 2021 – The potential of renewable gases, the strategic role of gas distribution networks and the commitment of Distribution System Operators (DSOs) to meeting shared climate ambitions, form the basis of ‘Gas grids – a key enabler of decarbonisation’, a White Paper published today by Gas Distributors for Sustainabiltiy (GD4S), the EU’s European gas association in which participate the seven major DSOs from seven countries.

Using illustrative case study examples, this comprehensive position paper demonstrates gas DSO decarbonisation in action and affirms GD4S’ commitment to delivering on carbon neutrality by 2050.

Delivered in three sections and with 26 policy recommendations for the consideration of EU policy makers, the paper offers an overview of how gas grids will enable the achievement of decarbonisation targets aligned with the Green Deal.

– Section 1 details how the potential of renewable gases may be leveraged to reach climate neutrality – Biomethane, green hydrogen and synthetic methane to become essential to the energy transition process as carbon intensive fuels are phased out.

– Section 2 describes how gas grids deliver is an asset for decarbonisation and sector integration – Flexible and expansive gas distribution networks are crucial in the decarbonisation process and vital in the context of sector coupling between gas and electricity. Their capability to transport and store energy and offer flexibility for electricity production from renewable sources is also explored.

– Section 3 outlines GD4S’ commitment to decarbonisation through methane emissions’ mitigationThe Association’s commitment is highlighted through an approach based on innovation in leak detection, digitalisation of the networks, measurement of emissions through real data and promotion of the use of renewable gases.

In presenting its position paper now, GD4S seeks to have its specific recommendations incorporated, as appropriate, in current and forthcoming legislative reviews, including the review of the gas legislative framework, the RED II and Energy Efficiency Directive reviews, the TEN-E Regulation, the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive, and the envisaged obligations around methane emissions’ reduction.

Commenting on the significance of today’s release, Paolo Gallo, President of GD4S, said: “This White Paper allows us present in a single document positions that we, as an Association,have long been advocating and which have been affirmed in recent statements from the European Commission. Gas networks will play a key role in both the energy transition and after 2050 when decarbonisation is achieved.”

Mr. Gallo continues: “Thanks to their extensive reach, new, digital smart grids will soon be able to transport renewable gases, such as biomethane, green hydrogen and synthetic methane, accelerating the achievement of the net-zero targets. DSOs need a clear regulatory framework supporting innovation and investments in upgrading existing networks over the long term. GD4S and its members are committed in building a carbon-neutral economy and in cooperating with policymakers and stakeholders to help achieve EU climate and energy targets”.

The paper, available to view full has been signed by Paolo Gallo, CEO, Italgas (Italy) and President of GD4S; Dan Pantilie, CEO, Distrigaz Sud Retele (Romania); Denis O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland (Ireland); Narcís de Carreras, CEO, Nedgia (Spain); Laurence Poirier-Dietz, Managing Director, GRDF (France); Gabriel Sousa, CEO, Galp Gás Natural Distribuição (Portugal) and Leonidas Bakouras, General Manager, Eda Thess (Greece). A summary of the key points of the position paper, together with its recommendations, is also available to view.

Later this year, GD4S will present its first ‘Sustainability Charter’, which will detail the Association’s long-term sustainability commitments across Social, Environmental and Governance pillars, aligned to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

Seaside and TEG (Toscana Energia GREEN), the two ESCOs of Italgas Group, join forces to create a national player in energy efficiency

In line with the Group’s strategic targets in the energy efficiency sector and in accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, the operation allows to merge the forces, know-how and technologies of the two companies creating an operator capable of serving completely the public and private markets.


Milan, 26 April 2021 – The merger between the two ESCOs of Italgas Group – Seaside and TEG (Toscana Energia GREEN) – was finalised today, creating a national player in the energy efficiency sector.

The merger, which sees the incorporation of TEG by Seaside, is effective from 1st May and will allow the two companies to join their respective strengths, know-how and technologies, gained in different areas, offering service able to meet almost all the needs of both private and public markets.

Seaside, in fact, is more oriented towards the private sector and offers innovative energy consulting services in the industrial and residential areas; TEG, on the other hand, operates in the energy services market and has developed solutions that mainly meet the needs of the Public Administration. Together they will develop, in the first year of activity, a total turnover of around 30 million euros and an EBITDA of 6 million euros.

In this context, the merger between the two ESCOs allows the integration of two complementary businesses, fostering greater synergies and value creation. The new company will also be the reference for the whole Group in defining tailor-made energy efficiency projects, in particular in the context of Italgas’ participation in Atem tenders for the assignment of gas concessions, as well as maintaining a specific focus on energy upgrading activities also supported by the tax incentives (i.e. Ecobonus and Superbonus) and on the development of applications based on artificial intelligence.

“The creation of a national-level player in the energy efficiency sector – commented Paolo Gallo, CEO of Italgas enables greater integration and more effective synergies throughout the Italgas Group to play an even more relevant role in the path of digital transformation and efficiency improvement of the sector that we have been pursuing since 2018. As well as being fully in line with the 2020-2026 Strategic Plan, this operation allows us to operate even more closely to the recommendations of the European Commission, which also assigns DSOs the task of promoting greater efficiency in energy consumption in order to achieve net-zero targets; goals to which the new player will contribute also by identifying increasingly advanced solutions in terms of environmental sustainability and energy saving”.

Al via oggi la “White Energy Week”: l’efficienza energetica torna nelle scuole!

Parte il percorso promosso da Seaside, ESCo del Gruppo Italgas, e sviluppato con ENEA e che coinvolge circa 25 classi e oltre 500 ragazzi delle scuole superiori.

Sensibilizzare i giovani sui temi dell’efficienza energetica e sui comportamenti da seguire a tutela del Pianeta e offrire alle nuove generazioni maggiori strumenti per conoscere da vicino il mondo aziendale e le professioni del futuro, in particolare quelle legate alla transizione energetica.

Parte oggi la terza edizione della “White Energy Week”, il percorso nato per sviluppare maggiori competenze sui temi di efficientamento energetico, economico e di sostenibilità ambientale. Il progetto, che per la prima volta si svolge in modalità digitale, prevede 40 ore di lavoro e coinvolge circa 25 classi di istituti scolastici dell’Emilia-Romagna, per un totale di oltre 500 ragazzi.

L’iniziativa è promossa da Seaside, ESCo del Gruppo Italgas, e sviluppata in collaborazione con ENEA e l’Ufficio Scolastico Regionale dell’Emilia-Romagna. Il percorso formativo della “White Energy Week” 2020-21 si concluderà il prossimo venerdì 26 marzo e vedrà gli studenti applicarsi in diverse prove pratiche, in cui ricopriranno in prima persona il ruolo dell’Energy manager.

Il “gioco di ruolo” di questa edizione riguarda la redazione della diagnosi energetica del proprio edificio scolastico. Gli studenti vivranno una settimana da Energy Manager, una sfida stimolante che ha un duplice scopo: rendere i partecipanti più consapevoli dei consumi energetici degli edifici e sviluppare una più alta coscienza sostenibile che li porti ad attuare le buone pratiche ambientali. Non solo a casa, ma anche a scuola e nella vita di tutti i giorni. Al termine del percorso i ragazzi presenteranno le loro diagnosi energetiche al team di Energy manager di Seaside ed ENEA, oltre che ai docenti e alle loro famiglie, e riceveranno un feedback sui risultati ottenuti.

I numeri dell’iniziativa, in continua crescita, testimoniano una grande sensibilità da parte degli istituti scolastici del territorio e dei vari organismi pubblici. Numeri che rappresentano una grande occasione per insegnare ai professionisti del futuro l’importanza di tutelare il nostro Pianeta, partendo dai piccoli gesti quotidiani fino ad arrivare ai nuovi ruoli professionali applicati alla transizione energetica.

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Italgas confirmed in Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 2nd consecutive year

Milan, 16 November 2020 – Italgas has confirmed its position as one of the world’s top sustainability leaders thanks to the inclusion, for the second consecutive year, in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World, the index managed by S&P Global which includes companies that have excelled globally on sustainability issues.

This result is even more important in consideration of the growing number of companies that aspire to be admitted or confirmed in the index and the increasingly stringent analysis criteria adopted to identify the best performers in terms of sustainability.

Especially, Italgas has been recognised for the progress achieved in Supply Chain Management and Environmental Reporting. This recognition rewards the company’s ability to develop increasingly accurate and transparent reporting, also thanks to the use of innovative technologies and methodologies.

The inclusion confirms Italgas’ ever-increasing focus on sustainability as an integral part of daily action and growth strategy, as well as a further source of value creation for all stakeholders.

Cini Foundation for Heritage Lab

The Historical Archive of Italgas becomes Heritage Lab thanks to the partnership with the Giorgio Cini Foundation

The Italgas laboratory of knowledge, experimentation and above all innovation applied to historical and cultural heritage is born. Two centuries of history look to the future thanks to digitization.

Turin, July 9, 2020 – Italgas and the Giorgio Cini Foundation announce a partnership aimed at transforming Italgas’ Historical Archives and cultural heritage into a “Heritage Lab”, a laboratory equipped with the most advanced technologies for the 2D and 3D digitization of the historical, industrial, artistic and cultural heritage that the Company has collected and preserved during its almost two centuries of history. An experience that dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, is intertwined on several occasions with the history of the country and whose deepening will allow an increasingly wide audience to observe from unprecedented angles many of the events that have marked the social, economic and technological evolution of the nation.

The agreement was approved today by the CEO of Italgas, Paolo Gallo, and the President of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Giovanni Bazoli.

The Giorgio Cini Foundation is a cultural institution that stands out for being, at the same time, a centre of studies, a place of meeting and debate but also a space in which multidisciplinary research projects are developed, aimed at providing new tools for analysis and understanding of the reality around us.

In this sense “Heritage Lab” wants to be a model, unique in Italy, of a digitization archive-laboratory whose aim is not only the recovery and systematization of the historical archive of a large company but also its conversion into a big date of the past and, in this form, its sharing with the community interested in deepening its contents.

The Italgas Archives will thus be able to expand the opportunities for collaboration on a national and international level by developing new archival and historiographical activities and skills, as well as access to important circuits such as the ARCHiVe project (“Analysis and Archiving of Cultural Heritage in Venice”) created in 2018 by the Giorgio Cini Foundation, in collaboration with Factum Foundation and Digital Humanities Laboratory of the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, thanks to the support of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, or even the large Time Machine consortium, which includes over 14.000 institutions representing more than 100,000 professionals committed to investigating the past with the aim of mapping Europe’s social, cultural and geographical evolution.

A radical paradigm shift aimed at making the most, thanks to technology, of Italgas’ entire cultural heritage: from the historical library to the newspaper and periodicals library, from museum collections to documentation on the archaeological heritage found during the laying of the gas infrastructure.

Today the Italgas Historical Archive consists of an original nucleus of more than 1,000 linear metres of documents, 6,000 volumes, pamphlets and magazines, 35,000 prints, photographs and posters, 350 period equipment and instruments declared of considerable historical interest by the Italian State and subject to notification and preservation. An ever-growing heritage whose study makes it possible to reconstruct not only the history of the Company and the people who worked there, but above all the links with the country’s main events and the world of energy, the role played in Italy’s industrialisation process, urban development and public services.

The digital world and the materials stored in museums and historical archives – commented Italgas CEO Paolo Gallo – may seem to be at odds with each other: on the one hand, modernity and dematerialization, on the other hand, material evidence of a past that reaches the present day. The challenge of digital transformation is to identify a path that allows these two worlds to meet and enhance a history that is not only of Italgas but of the entire country. Thanks to the partnership with Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Heritage Lab becomes another important part of our deep digital transformation and with it Italgas confirms itself as a company where innovation is not only applied but also created“.

We are proud of this prestigious collaboration ” – said the president of the Cini Foundation Giovanni Bazoli. “Two years ago, when we launched ARCHiVe, we set ourselves the goal of transforming it into a national and international reference centre for the conservation and enhancement of Cultural Heritage. The announcement of the Heritage Lab project by Italgas confirms the validity of our decision to promote the creation of ARCHiVe, in the belief that the development of theories and practices for digital enhancement can be a new mission of the Cini Foundation, as a leading institution in the conservation, promotion and dissemination of the values of Italian civilization in the world“.

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