In order to spread a culture based on respect for the environment and social development, we organise various events to involve and raise the awareness of the local communities. In fact, we are convinced that our efforts to protect natural resources and our respect for the territory can generate value for everyone, if our stakeholders also share and take part.
For some years now we have been monitoring the water and energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of our supply chain, involving a representative sample of our suppliers, also with a view to encouraging them to adopt initiatives for a responsible management of their environmental impact. Furthermore, during the qualification stage, they are required to complete a mandatory self-assessment questionnaire, which includes environmental and social questions, and we are developing awareness-raising initiatives on social and environmental topics. Moreover, a project has been launched for the Group Vendor Rating system, which has been implemented even replacing the other Vendor Rating models previously applied, for the analysis, assessment and monitoring of supplier performances and to enhance the level of competitiveness and quality of the services rendered and products supplied. The indicator for the monitoring of suppliers with regard to sustainability-related aspects is calculated by ECOVADIS, the most important European platform for the CSR assessment of businesses.
We want to grow alongside the territory, with mutual respect and in a constructive manner. We actively take part in dialogue initiatives with the local community with a view to jointly tackling the problems that emerge, and planning together the development of solutions for the community through targeted and weighted investments. For example, Acea is involved in the PlatOne project (PLATform for Operation of distribution Networks), a European consortium of companies and organisations, whose objective is to develop a technological solution capable of optimising the working and management of the electrical grid, making it more stable and resilient; it collaborates with ENEA for the development of projects concerning the sustainable management of waste and water resources, with a view to applying innovative technologies and solutions to industrial projects; from a smart city perspective, in 2021 Acea, in keeping with its strategy for electric mobility and with its charging point installation plan, launched the Acea e-mobility App which enables customers to charge their electric vehicles at over 10,000 authorised points in Italy, thanks to the interoperability agreements signed with other industry players; in the water sector, Acea consolidates its community involvement commitment via the Waidy Wow initiatives; moreover, Acea, together with TIM and WINDTRE, is one of the successful tenderers for collaboration over the next three years with Rome’s Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti (CTE - House of Emerging Technologies): the first permanent living lab, activated in 2021, for the development of smart cities of the future.
It is important for residents to become increasingly conscious of how they use natural resources. Thus, each year we organise campaigns to raise awareness and engage on topics concerning water and energy saving and protection of the environment. In particular, the new generations represent our future.
The involvement of young people is therefore essential to the sustainable development of the planet. With this in mind, in 2021 the Group continued its commitment vis-à-vis students by carrying out the entirely digital event “Acea Scuola Siamo Energia! Spegni la luce e accendi la tua fantasia (Love energy! Switch off the light and switch on your imagination)”, an educational programme offering young people the opportunity to experience and learn about the world of energy, alternative energy sources and the most responsible uses of energy, also safeguarding environmental resources. The initiative took place from 10 to 17 June and was accessible throughout the national territory, involving the participation of around 25,000 people.
We are also planning Work experience paths to stimulate the interest of young people approaching working age for the sustainable management of our businesses, encouraging them to reflect on our common future. In 2021, this intention gave rise to the GenerAzione Digitale (Digital Generation) project, the new project dedicated to the training and orientation of young talents towards the working world. Based on a totally digital format, we accompany young people along their personal and professional growth path, enhancing their awareness to the importance of sustainability and innovation for environmental conservation and social equilibrium.