Sustainable development

Terna and photovoltaic power

As illustrated in the section on “Significant events”, in order to make most effective use of its resources and maximise returns on its assets, Terna commissioned its subsidiary SunTergrid to build and manage photovoltaic systems with total capacity of around 100 MWp on sites where no installations exist, adjacent to transformation stations leased by the Parent.

Social responsibility

Terna's highly specialised and often unique technical skills in the electricity industry allow the Company to operate with complete professional excellence. The company's attentiveness to keeping this skill current is a key component of how Terna manages its human resources. Equally important is the Company's focus to workplace safety, in view of the risks associated with many of the Company's operations, such as, for example, working on live power lines.

The environment

The most evident sign of Terna's operations is the physical, visible presence of power lines and stations across the country.
To minimise this, Terna has developed a management system for monitoring and limiting the environmental impact of its operations. The Company has placed special emphasis on transmission infrastructure development activities. In this field, Terna has chosen to work with local institutions and harness Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) to take environmental requirements into account right from the earliest stage of new line planning.

Corporate social responsibility

One of Terna's defining characteristics is the adoption of a sustainability-led approach which has been integrated into its business policies, processes and management systems. The goal of this approach is to generate value from and enhance the asset base of management best practice, and to assist in drafting the Company’s ethical, environmental and social policies and objectives.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Regarding sustainability, Terna attained new objectives in 2009 that represent just as much recognition received for an approach based on a sense of responsibility that is an integral part of its employees’ working culture and that is also based on the awareness and pride of providing a service of wide general interest for the community. Terna’s sustainability is demonstrated through a great respect for its stakeholders, through its trend for an ongoing improvement of its performance and in its focus on environmental and social consequences of its activities.

Renewable sources, transmitting clean energy

The connection to the electricity grid of renewable source production plants is a top priority in the planning and development of the National Transmission Grid. In the next 5 years, Terna expects to connect another 6,000 MW of new wind power, for a total of nearly 10,260 MW installed in Italy mainly in the South and in the islands, with a significant reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
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