Innovation for sustainability

€ 615 mln
investments during the year in innovation and technology envisaged in the 2020-2024 Business Plan
€ 27 mln
investments in research and innovation projects in 2019

For the purpose of managing the innovation line we develop high added-value innovative projects to create a favourable environment for innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship. We activated the Innovation Board, which, in a shared manner, defines and implements the Group’s innovation strategy. We also created dedicated work spaces for the development of innovation and a corporate innovation programme.

In order to achieve the targeted innovation objectives, in 2018 we set up the Innovation, Technology and Solutions Function, which reports directly to the CEO and manages the Group’s innovation line, giving rise to the new Innovation Model based on three pillars - Infrastructures, Customers, People – via the adoption of processes and approaches typical of open innovation.

Since being set up, the Function has mapped the innovation initiatives already defined or under development and checked the Group’s copyright portfolio. Projects have been launched with regard to every strategic pillar identified and idea generation sessions have been staged enabling the diffusion of an innovation culture involving all people within the Group and highlighting further prospects for the development of technological applications and innovation. Partnerships have also been signed at domestic and international level with a view to consolidating Acea’s position in the ecosystem of innovation and identifying new business opportunities, and innovative solutions coming from startups and SMEs have been analysed and tested. 

Maker Faire Rome: the technological excellences of Acea go on display

Maker Faire Rome is the most important initiative in Europe dedicated to innovation in which specialised companies, manufacturers, startuppers and enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds meet to present the most innovative projects applied to the water and energy infrastructures and to share their knowledge.
In 2019 for the sixth year running we participated in the event as sponsor and exhibitor. Our stand attracted many visitors who had the opportunity to learn about and see the most innovative information technology solutions related to the main industrial sectors of the Group: water, energy and the environment. 

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Acea Innovation Garage

Acea Innovation Garage, the first entrepreneurship programme for Acea Group employees

Nel 2019 Acea Innovation ha lanciato Acea Innovation Garage, il programma di imprenditorialità rivolto ai dipendenti e finalizzato a promuovere la cultura dell’innovazione, con lo scopo di supportare il Gruppo nel raggiungimento dei relativi obiettivi attraverso la valorizzazione del know-how interno.

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