In the new Strategic Plan, Snam has allocated investments of approximately Euro 200 million in order to promote energy efficiency in the residential, industrial, tertiary and public administration sectors, facilitated by the national “eco-bonus” and “sismabonus” tax incentives. In particular, the aim is to carry out energy efficiency measures on the buildings of residential customers, companies and the public administration, avoiding 43 thousand tonnes of CO2 by 2023 and through the technical expertise of the subsidiaries Snam4Efficiency2 and TEP.
The two companies allow Snam to offer services for a wide range of needs: the first is active in the energy efficiency market, in the energy upgrading of plants and buildings for the residential, industrial and public administration segments, while the second deals mainly with energy upgrading and deep renovation for condominiums and industrial and civil-tertiary sites.
In 2020, Snam also finalised the acquisition of 70% of Mieci SpA and Evolve SpA, which will allow the Group to improve its competitive positioning in the energy efficiency business and to integrate and enrich its expertise in both the public and private-residential sectors. In particular, with regard to the residential sector, the skills brought by Evolve, complementary to those of TEP, allow Snam to play a key role in the spread of energy efficiency in Italian condominiums. Mieci, on the other hand, focused on the public sector, allows the management of integrated energy and technological services for hospitals and public administration buildings, for the tertiary sector and for public lighting. In this context, in January 2021, Snam and the CDP Group launched the development of Renovit, the new platform for promoting energy efficiency in condominiums, businesses and public administrations and encouraging sustainable development and the country’s energy transition.
All the energy efficiency activities carried out by the Group during the year resulted in reductions of CO2 emissions of 5 thousand tonnes, an increase compared to 2019 (3 thousand tonnes).
Energy efficiency works in the residential, industrial, tertiary and public administration sectors are another important part of the decarbonisation strategy with five main benefits:
- A healthier environment and planet where energy consumption is lower, thus reducing climate-changing emissions and particulate matter, with an impact on pollution and air quality.
- Better quality of life through reduced pollution and improved air quality, with positive effects on citizens’ health.
- More liveable and resilient cities thanks to the regeneration of properties through energy refurbishment, which contributes to increasing the value by up to 15%, combating energy poverty and making cities more liveable. In addition, if energy efficiency measures are accompanied by seismic consolidation measures, there is an improvement in building safety.
- Lower costs and more competitive companies that are able to invest in innovation, new products or markets.
- Economic and technological development stimulated by energy efficiency, leading to the development of research projects to identify new materials and solutions, both technological and managerial, that are increasingly efficient.
Energy efficiency measures
Avoided emissions overall
over 2.3 kton/year
Condominiums: the CasaMia project.
The CasaMia project is the result of an agreement signed in January 2020 between TEP and Crédit Agricole Italia, which have combined their respective technical and financial expertise to offer energy and seismic upgrading services for condominium buildings. The innovative solutions implemented (thermal power stations, thermal insulation, seismic class improvement, etc.) can benefit from the “Flexicondominio”, Eco-Sisma Bonus and 110% incentives, which will allow customers to take advantage of a complete service, from design to execution of the work, as well as reduced timeframes and dedicated conditions for both technical consultancy and payment of the contribution. Specifically, the interventions carried out will ensure that the needs and requirements for heating and air conditioning of the buildings are met, improving their habitability, increasing their market value by up to 10-15% and at the same time reducing energy consumption and costs and the related CO2 emissions. In 2020, 54 deep renovation projects in condominiums were completed, resulting in a reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 1.7 kton/year, for an overall reduction of over 2.3 kton/year, including projects carried out in the previous year.
about 2.2 kton/year
Business, industrial and tertiary sectors: Energy Performance Contract.
TEP also carries out interventions that foresee the adoption of efficient technologies for the reduction of environmental impact and energy consumption linked to company activities and production processes, with the guarantee for customers of the technical performance of the interventions and the achievement of the relative savings. Interventions are mainly in the area of utilities and energy production from renewable sources (cogeneration, photovoltaic, thermal power plants, lighting, purification, air conditioning) with savings mainly in thermal energy. In 2020, 4 new plants were tested and 6 were acquired through the merger with TEA, making a total of 17 plants in operation including the 7 built in previous years, which resulted in a reduction in CO2 emissions of around 2.2 kton/year.
about 20 ton/year
In 2019, the Company joined the national reforestation campaign promoted by Legambiente and AzzeroCO2. As part of this initiative, TEP has created the first urban forest in Padua with the planting of 1,000 new trees of native species for a CO2 absorption of about 20 tonnes per year.
2) Snam4Efficiency became Renovit since 2021.