Compliance with existing environmental legislation
As active and responsible members of the community, the Group’s companies are committed to observing and ensuring the observance of the laws in force in the Countries in which they operate and adopt the organisational tools needed to prevent the violation of legal provisions1. During 2015, no significant financial penalties2 were imposed on the Group’s companies in Italy for violations of environmental legislation in the areas in which they perform their activities. This consideration is also valid for the previous two years. In Brazil a significant penalty was inflicted in 2015 for having put a radio base station into operation prior to obtaining the environmental authorization, while none were received in previous years. Now TIM has fulfilled all legal obligations, and is waiting to receive the authorization from the competent regulatory body.
Similarly, there are no non-financial administrative sanctions or environmental dispute resolutions via conciliation mechanisms to be reported for 2015 or the previous two years. In Brazil, there is no arrangement for environmental disputes to be resolved by conciliation.
ICT can influence the price, efficiency and relative convenience of products and services, eventually affecting the demand for services and increasing the overall demand for energy. It can also accelerate the obsolescence of products and require the resulting technological waste to be managed. It is the responsibility of the ICT sector, and therefore also of Telecom Italia, to consider these effects, focusing on research and development to create products with a low environmental impact throughout their entire life cycle (see Digitisation, connectivity and social innovation chapter).
In 2015, Telecom Italia handled centrally around 821 audio conferences and 5,778 video conferences between its offices in Rome and Milan. Using the specific automatic booking portal for audio and video conferencing services, employees independently held 44,425 video conferences (+30% compared to 2014) and 94,918 audio conferences (+16% compared to 2014). The use of these communication systems is estimated to have allowed a significant amount of carbon dioxide (and other pollutants) associated with the use of means of transport to be avoided.
1 Principles stated in the Group’s Code of Ethics and Conduct and in the Human Rights Policy.
2 Significant financial penalties for the Group in Italy are considered to be those that exceed 500,000 euros; for its own accounts, Brazil applies an amount of 100,000 reais.