Sustainable development within Acea

As from 1972 to-date, governments worldwide have entered into a number of important declarations regarding development, each time confirming the value of sustainability as the main guide in the performance of any activity and also tracing the effective routes for making implementation thereof possible. Specifically, the Rio + 20 Conference (see related box for details) was held in 2012, renewing the political commitment for sustainable development and checking the state of implementation of the international commitments undertaken over the last twenty years.

In full compliance with the principles of sustainability, Acea aims to combine respect for the environment with social and economic progress in the areas in which it operates, having pursued for a number of years three macro-objectives: the increase in the efficiency of the production processes; technological renewal (using technologies and operating systems with a lower environment impact) and the increase in the portion of electricity produced from renewable sources. It is also committed to monitoring activities and, where possible, improvement of the environmental performances.

With regard to its long-term strategy, Acea includes active participation in debate on general topics of environmental protection, providing a contribution from the experience gained during more than a century of involvement in the water and electricity sectors.

June 2012: The Rio+20 Conference

The General Assembly of the United Nations organised the conference on sustainable development for 2012, from 20 to 22 June in Rio de Janeiro (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - UNCSD), known as Rio+20, in that it had been organised some 20 years after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (United Nation Conference on Environment and Development - UNCED) held in 1992.

The two main themes of the conference were:

For Italy, the Rio+20 Conference represented a valuable occasion for reflection on important subjects brought to the attention of the most advanced societies, in which awareness that the future economy will have to be green is by now mature, in other words capable of rewarding - with market mechanisms - the production of goods and services which use few natural resources and do not pollute the environment.

In the final Rio document, The future we want, the importance that practices and action be developed by all the countries is emphasised, so as to reduce poverty and improve the critical situations of water and energy shortage.

Other information is available on the websites: http://www.uncsd2012.org/; http://www.minambiente.it/

In the three main sectors in which the Group companies operate – energy, water and waste management – Acea undertakes to run the plants and processes seeking to ensure a balance between the social and environmental dimensions of the activities, on the one hand, and the need to make them suitably remunerative, on the other.

The Group operates in various regions of central Italy: Lazio, Campania, Tuscany, Umbria and Marche, paying particular attention to the protection of the area and the landscape, some of the most appreciated in the world in terms of natural and artistic beauty. With this sense of responsibility, over the years the Group has increasingly focused the management of its processes towards a systematic approach, showing preference where possible for the adoption of formalised and standardised rules such as those defined by the UNI EN ISO 14001 standards or the European EMAS Regulations (also see Corporate identity, The management systems)