With the Sustainability Policy, A2A has set itself the aim of helping the communities in which it
operates to be more sustainable, through the responsible management of its activities. The policy, established in 2016, is based on four key pillars: Circular economy, Decarbonisation, Smartness in networks and services and People Innovation. Each of these pillars represents an important aspect for the Group's activities and A2A's commitment to these aspects undoubtedly represents a challenge for business management.
Historically, A2A had already adopted a business model oriented to the maximum recovery of resources in its activities: from the recovery of heat from plants for the district heating network, to the recirculation of water for self-consumption of thermoelectric power plants and the recovery of energy from sludge downstream of purification processes, just to name a few examples. For A2A and its activities, in fact, circular economy means managing all resources in a sustainable manner, not just waste, paying attention as much to the reuse of resources as to the reduction in the production of waste up to the maximum exploitation of each resource.
Moreover, aware of our role and our impact on the issue of emissions, we have always been committed to putting into practice the guidelines of international agreements on climate and the National Energy Strategy: we focus on and invest in innovation to reduce emissions and the use of fossil fuels, to recover thermal energy and heat, to promote energy efficiency in end uses and the use of low-pollutant means.
For us means guaranteeing the reliability and resilience of the networks and the availability of energy required by the system, as well as offering "intelligent" services to the cities in which we are present that allow for better livability in all aspects of daily life in which we are involved as a Group. In this logic, innovation becomes crucial to continuously develop new services that are useful and functional to a better quality of life.
The attention to people, inside and outside A2A, is the leitmotif of the People Innovation pillar. In fact, we are committed to providing our employees with high standards of health and safety, training, benefits and welfare programs. In the same way, we are committed to the territories in which we operate, guaranteeing maximum transparency on our activities and performance, undertaking a great many stakeholder engagement initiatives, and implementing awarenessraising and training activities in schools
The Sustainability Plan has been developed in conjunction with the Policy and is a tool that allows continuous monitoring and verification of the progress of the identified sustainability objectives, in line with the priorities and time frames of the Business Plan (2019-2023).
The objectives are divided into the 4 pillars of the Sustainability Policy and contain specific actions and indicators.
The 2018 monitoring has shown that most of the more than 60 indicators are making significant progress: this means on the one hand that we are moving in the right direction, and on the other hand that we still have room for improvement to set more challenging targets in some area.