Adaptations to the climatic changes and mitigation strongly depend on the policies and measures implemented at international and local level and can be made more effective through the development and application of suitable technologies.
Protecting the environment, improving energy efficiency and offering services that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants are the main intervention policies adopted by the Group to promote sustainable development in its areas of influence.
Telecom Italia has launched both projects to improve the efficiency of its operations and initiatives aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of its customers. As it did in 2014, throughout 2015, Telecom Italia will be using energy produced from renewable sources, certified by guarantees of origin, drastically reducing its carbon dioxide emissions.
Protecting the environment, improving energy efficiency and offering services that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants are the main intervention policies adopted by the Telecom Italia Group to promote sustainable development in its areas of influence. The specific actions taken are therefore aimed at reducing its environmental impacts and offering technological solutions aimed at individuals, businesses and public administration for the creation of a more inclusive and viable digital society.
The environment stakeholder consists of future generations and their right to live in a world not compromised by the negative effects of development by previous generations. The interests of this collective person are identified in the demands made by:
- national and international environmental organisations;
- national and supranational institutions;
- the community in general, particularly in the areas where Telecom Italia operates;
- industry associations and non-profit organisations dealing with issues relating to the environment. These include the following in particular: CSR Europe, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Telecom Italia is attentive to the needs expressed by stakeholders interested in environmental protection and with them it has developed various communication channels, including a multi-stakeholder forum organized in October 2015. This tested method of listening and involvement reinforced the understanding of the demands and priorities of stakeholders on environmental matters and gathered contributions on possible development areas.
Finally, Telecom Italia promotes and in some cases coordinates national and international environmental projects.
The Companies of the Group pay particular attention to the fight against climate change, evidenced by continuous and significant investments in research on energy efficiency and the extensive use of energy generated by renewable sources. Telecom Italia is also deeply convinced it can play a key role, together and in synergy with other sectors of the economy, in facilitating the transition towards a low carbon emission economy.
Adaptation to climate change and mitigation of its adverse effects strongly depend on the policies and measures implemented at international and local level and can be made more effective through the development and application of suitable technologies. In view of the greenhouse gas reduction objectives agreed in Paris during the COP211, which once endorsed by governments must be achieved through the development of appropriate action strategies and the provision of technical and financial instruments to support the actions, Telecom Italia hopes that the potential of Information and Communication Technologies is recognized and integrated into the energy efficiency programmes of the various sectors of the economy and into the national emission reduction plans. In particular it hopes for the adoption of measures and incentives to encourage the development of the high speed fixed and mobile networks and that the process of digitising the Country in line with the aspirations and indications of the European Digital Agenda is speeded up.
The environmental strategy of the Group’s companies is founded on the following principles:
- ■ optimising the use of energy sources and other natural resources;
- ■ constantly seeking to improve environmental and energy performance by reducing negative impacts and increasing positive ones;
- ■ adopting procurement policies that take environmental issues into account;
- ■ disseminating a culture that promotes a correct approach to environmental issues.
In order to ensure the effective and sustainable management of operational processes which have particular environmental impacts, Telecom Italia has equipped itself with an Environmental Management System (Sistema di Gestione Ambientale - SGA) which is ISO14001 certified. In some situations the Environmental Management System is integrated with the Quality Management System based on ISO 9001 standard as well as with the Security Management System based on OHSAS 18001 standard: the relative certification was obtained for all these systems. The certification of the Energy Management System, based on ISO 50001 standard, was also obtained for the Rome Parco de’ Medici offices and the Bologna Corticella premises. In addition to the ISO 50001 certification, the Bologna Corticella site also achieved the ISO 14064 certification. The main aim of the ISO 14064 standard is to provide organisations with tools and procedures based on a scientific and systematic approach, in order to quantify, monitor, record and validate or verify inventories of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or projects related to cutting these emissions2. For further details on this subject go to the telecomitalia.com website.
1 The XXI Conference of Parties to the Framework Convention of the United Nations on climatic changes (UNFCCC).
2 The energy efficiency of the Rozzano 2 data center is testified by the value of its Power Usage Effectivness (PUE), which was certified in 2014 and is equal to 1.66; such value can be considered a good one, since that the data center was built between 2008 and 2010. The PUE values of the other data centers have note been certified yet.