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Since 2015, A2A has had a structured programme of listening and dialogue with the stakeholders of the territories in which it operates (forumAs-colto), by means of workshops and events, with the aim of grasping the specific features of the indi-vidual communities, building a discussion on issues that are important for A2A and its stakeholders and contributing to the development of ideas and projects in line with the Group's objectives.

In the first edition of the programme, 6 forumAs-colto were held (Brescia, Milan, Bergamo, Valtelli-na-Valchiavenna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Piedmont) from which 18 ideas and projects were generated that the Group has implemented in recent years; these include, by way of example, the Banco dell’energia, (Energy Bank), a campaign to raise awareness of food waste, an educational project on the themes of circular economy and sustainability and a mountain cycle-pedestrian route. The last two stages of the forumAscolto instead have foreseen a call to action, with the aim to promote entrepreneurial plans in line with the needs of the local communities.

The activity of listening and involvement through the forumAscolto continued in 2020 with a new edition of the programme that started in Brescia, with the aim define a common strategy for sustainable development of the territory of Brescia, including identifying actions and projects to be implemented through agreements or partnerships between local actors.

The organization of the forumAscolto was preceded by a listening action that involved A2A's top management, the Brescia municipal administration and numerous local stakeholders, in order to define the topics to be analyzed during the forum. As a result of the interviews, three key themes emerged, which were then broken down into specific working tables: Energy Transition (Energy efficiency and renewables; Sustainable mobility), Circular Economy (Organic chain and differentiated waste collection; Partnerships with industries), Wa-ter (Protection of water resources).

The forum was designed to be conducted in two distinct moments of discussion:

  • a first meeting, held on December 15, 2020, with the aim of identifying the needs and priori-ties for intervention for the sustainable development of the Brescia area, which was attended by 38 stakeholders
  • a second meeting, held on February 4, 2021, dedicated to identifying the actions and projects to be carried out, in relation to the needs that emerged at the first meeting and the strategic objectives set out in the A2A Business Plan, which was attended by 74 stakeholders