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SDG 13: Climate action

Sustainable Development Goal

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Policy and sustainability plan

Circular economy


Smart Solution

People innovation



To help reduce the environmental impact of the cities, paying close attention to air quality, implementing district heating and district cooling

KPI 2018 2019 2024 plan objective
CO2 emissions avoided thanks to the extension of district heating (tonnes/ year) 211,197 213,701 321,000
Realization of the decarbonization project of the Brescia district heating system (105,000 tonnes of CO2 savings) (progress) - - Start by 2022


To develop actions aiming to reduce the environmental footprint, like direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases

KPI 2018 2019 2024 plan objective
CO2 emission factor from electricity generation (thousands of tonnes) 5,701 5,211 5,111
Emissions factor for electricity production plants (gCO2/kWh) 374 335 314
Group SO2 emissions (tonnes) 1,300 917 558
Total methane emissions avoided from distribution networks - cumulative values with respect to 2015 (tonnes in CO2eq) 24,078 29,119 94,000
Purchase of 100% renewable energy for Group consumption (% of total consumption)   New 100%


To increase (keep high) the proportion of energy produced from renewable sources

KPI 2018 2019 2024 plan objective
Percentage of thermal energy produced from renewable sources and process recovery with respect to total thermal energy collected into the district heating network (Networks and District Heating BU) (% of total) 51% 54% 55%
Thermal energy recovered from third-party production processes (Networks and District Heating BU) (GWh) 43 45 81
Installed photovoltaic capacity (MW) 94 99 500

Performance 2019

- 7.2%

CO2 _Scope 1 (equal to 6.9 million tonnes) compared to 2018


- 9%

the emission factor of the Group (equal to 347 gCO2/kWh) compared to 2018



SO2 emissions compared to 2018




NOx emissions compared to 2018


million tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided (+25% compared to 2018), thanks to the technologies used to produce energy


GWh of green energy sold

Avoided emissions of CO2 and energy savings in energy processes


  • Alignment of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets with the Paris Agreement Cop 21: -46% of our direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1) per kWh produced by 2030, compared to 2017
  • Started the decarbonization process for the Brescia’s environmental energy system
  • Realization by the ESCo Group companies of interventions on the plants, which will positively affect the reduction of CO2 emissions (e.g. installation of photovoltaic panels)
  • The district heating service promoted by the Group allowed to avoid, in 2019, 213,000 tonnes of CO2
  • A2A is also committed to zero Scope 2 emissions by 2024
  • Agreement with Talesun Group to develop new photovoltaic project for a total capacity of 1 GW

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