Reducing CO2

Work Areas

Conscious of its importance for the Group's success and the future of the environment, reducing the carbon footprint is a goal that is shared with all employees.

Autostrade per l’Italia is aware of the social importance of its role: albeit not falling within the scope of interest of European Emission Trading directives, the company has decided to pursue Italian and community energy and environmental objectives.

This decision, which has achieved positive results for both the environment and the community, also has an impact on customers, employees and the research sector, called to support the Group to reduce carbon emissions. Sustainable environmental development means combating energy waste and using renewable sources, with a focus on innovative, technological solutions in relation to materials, methodologies and instruments, in line with the most challenging environmental standards. An implementation process for the environmental concerns that Group employees and people who use the highway network come across in open road works and in the transformation of structures.

The effective approach achieved the Group the title of Best Carbon Reduction Company Italy 2010, awarded to the company showing the most commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The company reaffirmed:

  • its involvement in projects that promote the need for more responsible car use on an environmental level expressed on a various occasions and in a number of ways by the local community (Car Pooling Project)
  • its participation in discussions with institutions and other parties with an interest in the environmental impact of highway network management and development practices (Autostrade per l'Italia Environmental Observatories and Memoranda of Understanding)
  • its focus on technological advancements in the field of the sustainable energy and the implementation thereof in every production process phase, where possible (Photovoltaic development in service areas and along the network, corporate fleet renewal and energy efficiency interventions on installations)
  • infrastructure expansion, the development of technological systems and reduced 'bottlenecks' to improve traffic flow and reduce fuel consumption and emissions (third and fourth lanes, Tutor, Telepass and road traffic information)

A commitment that continued in 2012 with the Carbon Footprint project, a voluntary Agreement with the Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea in order to determine the carbon footprint of corporate activities. The first agreement of its kind in Italy, its specific focus is on the road infrastructure management activities with which Autostrade per l'Italia has taken significant steps towards improving its environmental impact, thanks to a standard method of calculating the emissions and a management system thereof.