Acea Sustainability Day

8 October 2019 Lanterna Rome

Business. Sustainability. Future. Sustainability Day is fruit of the Acea Group’s will to discuss the new challenges of sustainable economy with its stakeholders.

The 2019-2022 Business Plan envisages investments in Sustainability totalling 1.7 billion Euro, with an increase of 400 million Euro compared to the previous Plan

During the conference, ACEA’s CEO Stefano Donnarumma announces the commencement of the new project concerning the launch of “Widespread Composting”, an innovative service intended for large-scale users (shopping centres, canteens, airports and stations) required to handle vast quantities of organic waste

The project, carried out in cooperation with ENEA and the Tuscia University, guarantees both a reduction in the waste generated and a substantial saving in terms of operating costs for the entire domestic waste management system, for the recovery cycle of individual users, as well as a positive impact on the environment, as a result of the decrease in greenhouse gas emissions due to the elimination of related waste transportation by road and local collection services.

By utilising SmartComp, mini composting plants equipped with a revolutionary sensor technology, provided by Acea, it will be possible to convert wet waste to compost, directly on-site, via an aerobic process which in 90 days produces ready-to-use fertiliser.

Acea’s aim is to install 250 SmartComps by 2022 with a view to implementing a widespread system capable of handling 25,000 tons per year, corresponding to the capacity of a localised facility managing the organic waste produced by a town with a population of 250,000, implying an estimated saving of around 30% on domestic cycle operating costs.

For all utilities, sustainability is a double challenge consisting in the combination of an industrial vocation with the use of new technologies to enhance the operating efficiency of respective infrastructures. In fact, on the one hand, it is necessary to invest and carry out sustainable projects and, on the other, it is still fundamental to improve efficiency, safety and the resilience of industrial assets.

Stefano Antonio Donnarumma

Acea's CEO

The program of Acea Sustainability Day

The themes of the day:

  • The challenges of sustainability to existing systems: development, environment and common property
  • Sustainability on the field: the Acea initiatives
  • Sustainable development for renewed industrial leadership: innovation and shared value

The speakers included Enrico Giovannini, spokesman for the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, Grammenos Mastrojeni, Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Stefano Besseghini, Chairman of Arera, and Federico Testa, Chairman of Enea. The morning’s session was closed by ACEA’s CEO, Stefano Donnarumma. The meeting was moderated by Roberto Giovannini, Director of “Tuttogreen La Stampa” and expert journalist on issues associated with the environment and sustainability.

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