Strategic initiatives and acquisitions

During recent years we have identified a series of projects, which are consistent with our business areas and allow us to take advantage of the opportunities associated with market trends (creare link alla pagina Market context and guidance). The activities already implemented include:

  • growth on the natural gas distribution market. We entered this sector in October 2018 by acquiring of 51% of Pescara Distribuzione Gas, the company that manages the entire gas distribution network in the municipality of Pescara, completed in March 2019. In 2020, we signed an agreement to acquire 51% of the capital of “Alto Sangro Distribuzione Gas”, which operates in twenty-four municipalities in the Province of Aquila.
  • development of smart energy services projects which, through the acquisition of ESCO (energy service company), which will allow us to provide innovative services for citizens, businesses and the public administration. We are in particular working on the launch of a pilot project in cogeneration/trigeneration and the development of thermal insulation.
  • Involvement in the plastic treatment sector with the acquisition of 90% of Demap, the company that owns the plant in Beinasco, in the province of Turin, and is involved in the recycling process of packaging obtained from recycled household waste, mainly from the regions of Valle d’Aosta and Piedmont. Further consolidation through the acquisition of 70% of Serplast and 60% of Meg, companies that operate in the plastic recycling sector, and own plants respectively in Abruzzo and Veneto.
  • further consolidation of our position in the waste management sector via the acquiring 60% of the capital of Ferrocart and Cavallari, owners of four plants in the provinces of Terni and Ancona, which perform activities pertaining to the selection and recovery of paper, iron, wood, plastic and metal. Find out more 
    Strengthening of the position within the urban solid waste collection, treatment, and disposal sector in central Italy by signing an agreement for the acquisition of 65% of Deco SpA, main operator in the environmental sector in Abruzzo; and through Deco SpA, acquiring 100% of Ecologica Sangro SpA by the transaction closing date.
  • acquisition of 60% of Berg, a company involved in waste management in the Municipality of Frosinone;
  • involvement in the planning and building of plants for the environment and water treatment, by acquiring 70% of Simam, leader in the design, construction and management of water treatment and waste disposal plants and environment and rehabilitation interventions, with high-tech integrated solutions.
  • Acquisition of photo-voltaic plants in Italy, thanks to which Acea Group continues its expansion in the renewable resources sector. 

Strategic initiatives - additional potential upside to the Plan

Our solid capital and financial structure will allow us to take advantage of further strategic opportunities with a view to strengthening our position in the business areas where we already operate, in keeping with the trends in the reference market. By 2024, these new strategic initiatives could contribute towards a growth in EBITDA, for an overall amount estimated at 200 million Euro.

Water consolidation

We aim to consolidate the existing concessions in which we hold a minority stake and intend to expand within the regions of interest.

EBITDA 2024: +100 million Euro

Change in 2024 NFP: +400 million Euro

M&A Environment

We plan to accelerate the market consolidation process through M&A transactions involving waste segments and geographies considered strategic.

EBITDA 2024: +25-50 million Euro
Change in 2024 NFP: +200-400 million Euro


National Recovery and Resilience Plan

Acea – national player in network management – will be able to perform a major role in implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), with development projects also associated with the circular economy and from a smart city perspective.

Overall, strategic initiatives implemented during the plan time frame will be able to contribute to 2024 EBITDA up to the total amount of 200 million Euro.

Diagram on the ratio between the key strategies and the EBITDA of the Acea Group