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Hera's actions to reduce CO2 emissions: OUR COMMITMENT

The increase in global average temperature has consequences such as the progressive rise in sea levels, the receding of glaciers and the occurrence of more frequent and more intense extreme weather phenomena (floods and droughts). The effects extend far beyond the most obvious phenomena, to the level of genes, individual species and entire ecosystems that govern life on the planet. This reflects on the environmental conditions with consequences for entire economic sectors and important social consequences including health and migration effects. If action is not taken, by the end of the century global warming could exceed the 2 C threshold set by COP21 and referenced by the UN in its 2030 Agenda.

The international agreement reached in Paris in 2015 (COP21) commits European states to continue their efforts to limit the temperature increase to only 1.5 C and however keep it below 2 C globally. Europe has already achieved its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, with industry and energy contributing most. An EU reduction target of 40% by 2030 is confirmed and the reduction of 80% by 2050 is under discussion. Italy is also on track and the National Energy Strategy (2017) raises the objective of reducing emissions in non-ETS sectors (Emission Trading Scheme) to 33% by 2030.

According to the IPCC Report for 2018, human activities have caused global warming to increase by about 1 C compared to pre-industrial levels, to date. It is estimated that the global temperature will still rise by 1.5 C between 2030 and 2052 if no further improvement actions are taken. Moreover, according to projections for 2030 by the European Environment Agency (EEA), it will not be possible to reach the target of 40% reduction only by applying the measures currently planned.

Reducing the use of fossil fuels is crucial to counteract climate change and the increase in the most widespread greenhouse gas: carbon dioxide. The Group's commitment starts with transparency and reporting on performance and objectives and continues in the many projects for the production of energy from renewable sources and the reduction of energy consumption.

  • Thanks to the Hera Group's 507 energy-saving projects, 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 were avoided between 2007 and 2019.
  • Eight Hera Group companies are ISO 50001 certified. The energy improvement plans of Hera S.p.A., AcegasApsAmga and Marche Multiservizi will lead to a 5% reduction in consumption by 2020, compared to 2013.
  • Hera operates in energy efficiency services for condominiums, large industrial and public customers through Hera Servizi Energia and AcegasApsAmga Servizi Energetici.
  • Many initiatives are available to give customers opportunities to reduce their CO2 emissions. In 2017, a number of commercial offers and innovative tools (consumption analysis, Hera ContaWatt, Hera LED and LED Business) were launched, subscribed to by over 160 thousand customers, 16% of the total.
  • In addition, over 75,000 customers (equal to 8.7% of the total) have signed a free market offer called "Pacchetto Natura which guarantees that the electricity they consume comes from renewable sources.
  • Production of energy from renewable sources(30% of the total).
  • The carbon footprint of energy production declined further in 2017 and is 16% lower compared to 2015. By 2021, it will be -22% compared to 2015 thanks to the construction of two energy production plants from landfill biogas, one plant for the production of biomethane and as a result of the continued reduction in the use of landfills.
  • The Group has undertaken to use only renewable energy for all the activities of Hera S.p.A. (extended to AcegasApsAmga and Marche Multiservizi in early 2018). This saved around 146 thousand tonnes of CO2, equal to 10% of the Group's total emissions (a reduction partly offset by the increase in indirect emissions deriving from Aliplast's energy consumption, consolidated in 2017).
  • District heating, one of the responses to climate change (90 thousand apartments heated)
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by implementing separate collection.
  • Since 2006, the Hera Group has been a member of the Carbon Disclosure Project, an independent organization that offers companies and countries a system for measuring, managing and sharing information on their commitment to combating climate change. In 2017, Hera achieved A- level on the A-D scale, improving on its previous year's position.