Acea’s industrial vocation passes through sustainability, a value we view as fundamental. In fact, sustainable development is a characterising and structural element that guides the Group’s business decisions and operational management. We are also committed to social sustainability for the wellbeing of our people. We work each day to build a healthy and inclusive environment, where individuals can sense their active participation and offer their own contribution.
We are committed to actively contributing to the achievement of the goals related to ecological transition, with development projects in the field of circular economy with a view to smart city, by increasing the resilience and the digitalization of electric and water networks, enhancing energy production from renewable energy resources, paying attention to the protection of water resources, and technological innovation applied to infrastructure management.
Our position as a benchmark multi-utility company for central and southern Italy increases our sense of responsibility towards this area. We intend to strengthen our role in the energy transition process via development projects designed to enhance the resilience of our distribution network with a view to supporting the growing demand for electricity and distributed generation.
The initiatives in this area will involve above all the technological evolution of the grid, with digitalisation projects through remote control and IoT (Internet of Things) systems and the installation of second-generation smart meters.
We are supporting a new network distribution approach intended to optimise operations: we are leading the Italian pilot for the European “PlatOne” project that will enable energy flexibility mechanisms.
We aim to increase our energy output from renewable sources, particularly from photovoltaic plants, by expanding our portfolio with approximately 747 MW of installed capacity by the end of 2024.
We are committed to the development of electric mobility: by 2024 we plan to install over 2,200 charging stations with a view to contributing more and more effectively to the energy transition and decarbonisation processes. The implementation of charging stations is being handled by Acea Innovation, the Group company concerned with the operation of charging infrastructures (Charge Point Operator). We are also present in the area of charging services via the Acea e-mobility app allowing electric vehicles to be charged at over 10,000 authorised points throughout the national territory. We are also investing in development of the “smart service” offering to strengthen our relationship with customers through the provision of value added services, such as those associated with energy efficiency, and the installation of residential photovoltaic facilities.
From a circular economy perspective, we aim to further enhance our presence in the waste recovery sector, positioning ourselves as a key waste-to-material operator, for example in the treatment and recycling of paper and plastic. Our commitment concerns projects such as Acea Smart Comp, an innovative zero kilometre composting system for the management of organic waste, which is transformed into compost directly in the place where it is produced.
We shall also continue to pursue our growth path in the gas distribution sector, via acquisitions and by participating in local tenders.
Ecological transition at the centre of Acea’s ten-year plan
We have embarked on a path for the definition of an ecological transition plan that will trace the Group's journey in laying the foundations for updating the Business Plan to cover a ten-year time frame. The initiative, announced during the last Acea Sustainability Day, aims to identify the projects whereby Acea will effectively contribute to the achievement of goals set by the European Union, such as the 55 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050.
Our geographical presence
With more than 9000 professionals, Acea controls its activities in a number of different Italian regions.
Data as at 2021