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Policy and sustainability plan

Policy and sustainability plan

A2A also wanted to make a formal and public commitment to contribute concretely to the achievement of the SDGs, and did so through  two documents, the Sustainability Policy and Plan, drawn up together with the company's management, integrated with the Group's Business Plan and approved by the Board of Directors. The logic is twofold: the Sustainability Policy is a strategic document, aimed at guiding
and orienting the Group's business decisions in a logic of sustainability, with concrete commitments over a time horizon in line with the 2030 Agenda; the Sustainability Plan is instead a more operational document that allows A2A's progress on commitments made over a shorter time horizon to be monitored, so as to allow assessments and adjustments.


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The Sustainability Policy

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 was established in 2016, with a participatory process, starting with the analysis of all SDGs and the identification of their relevance and impact in our value chain. Ten SDGs were then selected on the basis of which A2A defined its priorities and commitments for 2030 through indicators and evidence emerging from the materiality matrix, the forumAscolto, the Business Plan, the requests of the rating agencies and the benchmark with competitors. The intersection of all these elements has led to the definition of 4 fundamental pillars of the Sustainability Policy: 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:

The Sustainability Policy to 2030

The 2019-2023 Sustainability Plan

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. The objectives are divided into the 4 pillars of the Sustainability Policy and contain specific actions and indicators, defined in agreement with all the Business Units of the Group. 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 areas.
In line with the ongoing revision of the Business Plan, a process has also been launched for the Sustainability Plan seeking to update the goals with the time frame of 2019-2023. In reviewing the planning document, the objectives that had been achieved were eliminated, those confirmed were updated to 2023 and some new targets were added.
The 2019-2023 Sustainability Plan



Circular economy

Sustainably manage waste during its life cicle



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Contribute to achieving national and EU targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions


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Smart networks and services

Increase grid reliability through technological innovation

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People innovation

Actively contribute to the welfare of the community and the improvement of working conditions


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Quality, environment and safety are values that are given the utmost importance. They are geared to a precise and practical policy, animated by special management that, through the communication of a specific policy, operates for its consolidation inside and outside the company, extending it to the daily work of all categories of employees.

The quality, environment and safety policy (QES) is at the heart of the approach to sustainability of the A2A Group.

It is inspired by the principles of sustainable development, which in the environmental sphere involves the ability to produce energy and deliver quality services through better use of natural resources, reduction of pollutant emissions and the continuous improvement of environmental parameters. The mission of a2a is to provide quality services and produce energy through innovative technologies, tailored to the social, economic and environmental requirements.


Quality, Environment and Safety Policy

Gruppo A2A, seeking to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of its internal processes, to promote and support the respect for environment also through the reduction in the consumption of resources, and also to guarantee the health and safety of its employees, adopted  management systems for quality, environment and safety.

This section provides the detail of the companies of Gruppo A2A which hold certifications regarding their management systems for quality, environment, and safety or attestations issued by external entities for the activities related to them (i.e. Accreditation of analysis labs, EMAS Registrations under EC Regulation CE 1221/2009, factory production controls, code of practice, SOA attestations, etc.).



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Seeking to optimize and improve the corporate processes in terms and environmental efficiency and effectiveness, A2A Group adopted certain Environmental Management Systems identifying, as driving tools for their implementation, the UNI EN ISO 14001 standard and the EMAS Regulations; the latter envisages the publication of its Environmental Declaration audited by a certified third party.

The environmental declaration is the document through which Group A2A discloses to the public, in an objective, comparable and credible manner, the environmental performance of the plants and the results achieved against the set objectives. The declaration will be effective for three years and updates will be issued on a yearly basis.

As of 31 December 2016 the Group has 24 EMAS registered sites.