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Circular Economy

The strategy of A2A to 2030 is focused on generating new resources in the shape of material and energy and on reducing wastage so as to conserve the planet and safeguard the environment.


Our ESG objectives in the sphere of the Circular Economy

Challenging sustainability goals steer A2A’s strategic plan to 2030


With €6 billion funds available, we plan a series of strategic actions aimed at achieving an increase in the recovery of material and energy from waste, and at a reduction in wastage (e.g. water leakages, waste heat).

In the environment sector, A2A can evolve as leader in Italy and as a major player at a European level.

The balance between recycling and energy recovery is the prerequisite for a reduction throughout Europe, starting in Italy, of the use of landfills, with the ultimate aim of phasing them out completely and thus making a significant contribution in the conservation of our land. Waste material no longer landfilled will acquire new value, generating material, energy or heat.


Our strategic actions

Accelerating material recovery

The Plan foresees the construction of new material recovery plants with a total of 2.2 million tonnes of type-sorted waste treated by 2030, and an increase to 76% in the percentages of this sorted waste in the areas we serve. We also plan further development in the recycling of plastic and recovery of paper, sectors in which we can grow more until we achieve full closure of the waste cycle: the development of products, secondary raw materials, for example +100kt of paper given new life, +1.5Mm2 of tiles made from ashes, +100kt of compost and +240kt of other construction industry aggregates.


Waste destined to material recovery | Mt

Boosting energy recovery

We will invest in external growth. The leverage for our growth lies in our specific skills in the management of WtE plants, our presence in growing market segments such as that of organic waste, intensification of activity in the industrial segment as a partner for other companies, for large-scale distribution and retail, and finally the optimal exploitation of our “waste” know-how in fields of crucial importance for the country as a whole, such as sludge treatment and water purification. WtE and OFMSW will be the powerhouse for our growth.


Energy recovery | TWhe

Notes: (1) includes WtE and biomass - (2) 0.2 average conversion factor

Cutting wastage

Our actions will be in two main spheres:

In district heating, we will focus our efforts on the development of the grid with an investment of around €1 billion and the recovery of heat sources otherwise lost into the atmosphere. The main project, in the event of being able to access the Recovery Fund, will involve the linking of the Cassano d’Adda power plant to the Milan district heating grid, which will allow a saving of over 200,000 tonnes of CO2 a year and the connection of 150,000 equivalent housing units.


Share of DH heat from renewables and heat recovery | %

Notes: (1) EBITDA and CAPEX include heat management services - (2) CAPEX without Recovery Fund contribution

In the water cycle, an increase in investments will also help make it possible to resolve issues related to EU infringements. A2A aims to reduce water pipeline losses by 20% (cu.m/km/day) and develop a new purification capacity (1.9 million inhabitants served by 2030) thanks also to our expertise in the waste sector.


Volumes of purification plant treated | Mm3