The stakeholder engagement
Snam promotes a constant dialogue with its stakeholders through proactive and multichannel communication with the aim of developing solid, lasting relations. In 2019, the stakeholder engagement activities mirrored the company’s commitment on the energy transition front, reinforcing sustainable growth in a market that is increasingly focusing on decarbonisation processes. Specifically, supporting the development of new businesses, from energy efficiency to green gases, has taken on a key role in interactions and relations with stakeholders.
The main events
Snam has organised and taken part in many events in order to strengthen and disseminate its all-round knowledge of the Group’s companies, especially in a period of continuous development where the Company is renewing itself and expanding into new businesses to support energy transition.
Protecting the environment
Snam and the EU energy transition
The initiatives and activities carried out by Snam in Europe are aimed at promoting the use of gas as a tool to guarantee the security of the energy system in Europe thanks to the diversification of procurement sources and routes and to support the development of new forms of renewable gases such as biomethane and hydrogen.
In 2019, Snam, courtesy of its role as representing the interests of the entire gas supply chain through GasNaturally, took part in the European discussions and round tables on energy, climate, mobility and sustainable finance, promoting the use of gas as the ideal energy solution for achieving future climate targets and supporting the European Union in its climate neutrality strategy by 2050.
Work continued under the scope of the “Gas for Climate” consortium, created in 2017 and composed of 9 European TSOs (Enagás, Energinet, Fluxys, Gasunie, GRTgaz, ONTRAS, Open Grid Europe, Snam and Teréga) and 2 associations operating in the sector of renewable gas (Consorzio Italiano Biogas and European Biogas Association). In 2019 the consortium promoted the results of a study, commissioned by Navigant, which highlights the opportunities for European citizens to achieve annual savings of around €217 billion by 2050 using the existing gas structure for the development of biomethane and green hydrogen.
Snam continued its activities with the European association “Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association” (NGVA Europe) with the goal of promoting the use of natural gas and biomethane as alternative energy sources for sustainable mobility, both land and sea.
Lastly, being part of the Hydrogen Europe and The Hydrogen Council associations, Snam strives to promote hydrogen as an energy source that is sustainable and compatible with the existing gas infrastructure. In addition, as a member of the World Energy Council, Snam is one of the founders of the Hydrogen Global Charter, a shared platform open to all stakeholders, from institutions to businesses, aimed at promoting the large-scale development of hydrogen.
The media: prizes and awards
Thanks to a growing audience reached through social media and the corporate website and constant communication with media outlets, Snam confirmed its commitment once again in 2019 to communicate proactively and transparently with all its stakeholders. For the sixth year running Snam was among the leading Italian companies for digital communication in the Italian Webranking, standing out for its transparency. The 2019 survey involved 112 companies and Snam took second place with a score of 91.3 out of 100 confirming its excellence.
During the year, Snam’s communication was directed at strengthening the position of the company about the energy transition and decarbonisation, highlighting initiatives and projects relating to the new businesses, with a special focus on hydrogen and the leadership potential of Snam and Italy in its development.
Alongside this, dialogue with the areas involved in the main projects continued and increased. By virtue of this undertaking, Snam’s visibility in the media increased, as well as the publication of news on its platforms. Specifically, Snam recorded an increasingly more obvious presence in international media with exposure on issues of global interest, first and foremost energy transition. In addition, the international research organisation “.future” placed Snam among the best companies (Gold Class) for digital communication on sustainability.
As far as social activities are concerned, in 2019 Snam won the “Best employer brand” award on LinkedIn award that confirms how digital platforms, specifically LinkedIn, represent a strategic tool for the company to make themselves known by possible candidates and get in touch with them. Snam’s presence in the Forbes “Top Employers” international classification is evidence of the growing reputation of the brand. Based on this study, taking into consideration 1.4 million interviews conducted globally and regionally, the company is one of only two Italian organisations among the top 150 in the world to work in.
Membership of the Un Zero Coalition
At the UN Climate Action Summit, which was held in September 2019 in New York, Snam joined the Zero Coalition, an alliance of the main global businesses and associations involved in the maritime, energy, finance and infrastructure sectors, aimed at the decarbonisation of shipping. From this perspective, the members of the coalition are committed to promote the adoption of zero emission ships by 2030 and advocate the development of clean energy sources. In line with this vision, Snam is strongly committed to initiatives for sustainable transport by road, rail and sea, promoting the use of biomethane and BioLNG, as well as the development of hydrogen.