Focus areas

For each focus area, in this section it is possible to consult the analysis of the actions linked to the sustainability of resources: the activities carried out in 2020 and the future commitments aimed at guaranteeing continuous improvement in Iren's performance.

DECARBONISATION
Actions carried out in 2020 Future Objectives 

Reduction of emissions:

  • +4.6% CO2 emissions avoided through waste recovery compared to 2019
  • -5.6% CO2 scope 2 emissions compared to 2019
  • repowering and redevelopment works on the hydroelectric plants of Chiomonte and Susa
  • investments in renewable and photovoltaic sources

Reduction of emissions:

  • more than double CO2 emissions avoided through waste recovery by 2030 compared to 2020
  • -100% of CO2 scope 2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2020
  • halved carbon intensity of energy production plants by 2030 compared to 2020 (176 gCO2/kWh target subject to SBTi validation)
  • investments in renewables: hydroelectric concessions, new photovoltaic and wind power plants 

Energy efficiency:

  • +1% TOE saved compared to 2019
  • over 71,000 TOE saved by Iren Plus and Iren Smart Solutions products/services
Energy efficiency:
  • +160% TOE saved by 2030 compared to 2020
  • more than 700,000 TOE saved by Iren Plus and Iren Smart Solutions products/services by 2030
  • additional flexibility of heating systems to guarantee greater efficiency and respond to future challenges of the electricity market
  • implementation of alternate cycle process on two water treatment plants
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
ACTIONS CARRIED OUT IN 2020 fUTURE OBJECTIVES

Sorted waste collection and reduction:

  • growth in sorted waste collection to 69.3%
  • design of 3 new collection centres (PR and RE)
  • extension of home collection with eco-islands for about 25,000 residents
  • expansion of “pay-as-you-throw” collection systems for waste management services to 3 municipalities (Quattro Castella, Ameglia, Luni)

Sorted waste collection:

  • growth in sorted waste collection to 76.2% by 2030 in legacy regions
  • 3 new collection centres (provinces of PR and RE) by 2021
  • extension of home collection with eco-islands for about 140,000 residents
  • expansion of “pay-as-you-throw” collection systems for waste management services to 9 municipalities (provinces of Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and La Spezia) by 2021  

Increase in waste recovery:

  • 492,000 tons of waste to be recovered in Group plants
  • authorisation of 3 plants for the treatment of organic waste with biomethane production (Reggio Emilia, Santhià and Cairo Montenotte)
  • start of construction works on the paper and plastic treatment and recovery plant at Borgaro and PAI in Parma
  • request for a permit to build an MBT in Genoa

Increase in waste recovery:

  • 2,310,000 tons of waste to be recovered in Group plants by 2030
  • construction works on treatment plants for organic waste with production of 57 million m3 of biomethane by 2030
  • construction works on the paper and plastic treatment and recovery plants at Borgaro and PAI in Parma
  • Genoa MBT construction
SUSTAINABLE USE OF WATER RESOURCES
ACTIONS CARRIED OUT iN 2020 FUTURE OBJECTIVES

Reduction in water withdrawals from the environment for drinking water distribution:

  • 33.3% water network leaks
  • -3% of water withdrawals per resident/day in traditional areas compared to 2019
  • 56% of water network divided into districts

Reduction in water withdrawals from the environment for drinking water distribution:

  • network leaks at 20% by 2030
  • -7% of water withdrawals per resident/day in traditional areas by 2030 compared to 2020
  • 90% of water network divided into districts by 2030

Qualitative and quantitative improvement of the waste water treatment capacity:

  • +3.3% increase in wastewater treatment capacity of the plants (PE) compared to 2019
  • pollutant reduction in treated water: 93.4% BOD, 90.2% COD and 93.3% SST

Qualitative and quantitative improvement of the waste water treatment capacity:

  • +13% increase in wastewater treatment capacity of the plants (PE) by 2030 compared to 2020
  • pollutant reduction in treated water: >94% BOD, >90% COD and >93% SST
RESILIENT CITIES
ACTIONS CARRIED OUT IN 2020 FUTURE OBJECTIVES

Resilient cities:

  • Go-live of the Just Iren project (digital transformation of the entire waste chain: technical and commercial chain, customer management, planning, design, service and plant management) in Turin
  • 19% of eco-friendly vehicles in the Group’s fleet
  • 8.4% of green electricity sold on the total sold to end customers

Resilient cities:

  • Go-live of the Just Iren project (digital transformation of the entire waste chain: technical and commercial chain, customer management, planning, design, service and plant management) in the Emilia region by 2021
  • 100% of eco-vehicles in the Group’s fleet by 2030
  • 3,500 GWh of green electricity sold on the total sold to end customers by 2030

Increase in district heating volume:

  • +1.9% of district heated volumes compared to 2019
  • completion of the work on the district heating network and Turin waste-to-energy plant for connection to the Grugliasco network
  • extension and development of the district heating network in Turin and Piacenza

Increase in district heating volume

  • almost +30% of heated volumes by 2030 compared to 2020

Improvement of the security level of the gas network:

  • inspection of 98.8% of the entire gas network
  • commissioning of 13.66 km of network for the renovation of obsolete sections
  • search for leaks and replacement of electronic meters
  • 98.7% of emergency calls with on-site arrival times within 60 minutes

Improvement of the security level of the gas network:

  • 100% inspection of the entire gas network under management
  • upgrading of the gas network to replace the most obsolete sections (cast iron and steel pipelines)
  • continuation of searches for leaks and replacement of electronic meters
  • maintenance of levels achieved on % of emergency calls with on-site arrival time within 60 minutes