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Environmental impacts of real estate facilities The Company’s approach to environmental sustainability is inspired by these principles: efficient use of natural resources; innovation to support a low-carbon economy; prevention and reduction of environmental impact.

The Company’s approach to environmental sustainability is inspired by these principles: efficient use of natural resources; innovation to support a low-carbon economy; prevention and reduction of environmental impact, through analysis of potential environmental risks, reduction in the amount of waste produced and the elimination of waste; and promotion of an environmental culture, through the Company’s corporate voluntary network and collaboration with environmental associations Specifically, the Group’s environmental priorities include:
  • Reduction of the environmental impact of its operating activities: optimisation of energy consumption, reduction of atmospheric emissions from buildings and those linked to logistical activities and staff mobility, reduction of material consumption, and correct waste management and reduction of water consumption;
  • Incorporation of environmental aspects into the products and services offered: implementation of digitisation processes regarding the goods and services offered, and assessment of environmental risks and opportunities relating to investment choices and the management of insurance activities;
  • Raising the awareness of employees and third parties regarding the environmental culture: involvement of employees in programmes and initiatives aimed at safeguarding the natural environment and ecology, support for environmental heritage protection and recovery initiatives, dialogue and collaboration with national and international bodies and associations in order to combat climate change and inefficient consumption of resources, and assessment of risks and environmental management methods adopted by counterparties.
 
The Group has adopted a Management System in compliance with current legislation and national and international best practices. Postel SpA e SDA SpA have obtained UNI EN ISO 14001 certification for their environmental management system. The system consists of internal environmental management rules that are implemented to ensure punctual identification of the most significant environmental impacts and adoption of the most effective management and mitigation measures, through a structured performance monitoring system involving audits and periodic checks.

With a view to adopting virtuous behaviour from an environmental perspective, the Group considers energy efficiency to be one of the main elements for combining economic growth and sustainable development, and it has reduced its environmental strategy to the following areas of intervention:
  • Renewable sources. In order to promote renewable energy sources, Poste Italiane has focused on the distribution of integrated photovoltaic systems in buildings, thereby creating infrastructure aimed at reducing dependence on fossil fuels. With a view to reducing the withdrawal of electricity from the national grid, as well as the overall costs of supply, the Group has planned to increase its own self-production facilities by installing photovoltaic panels on its buildings. In this regard, a European tender worth €32.2 million was awarded in 2020 for the implementation of 622 photovoltaic installations. In supplying electricity, Poste Italiane is committed to reducing its impact as much as possible. A portion of the energy is, therefore, produced by the company’s own photovoltaic systems. More than 95% of the Group’s requirements in 2020 were acquired through the Group company Europa Gestioni Immobiliari, with 100% from renewable sources certified through Guarantees of Origin. In 2020, the new Hub in Rome, equipped with a 220 kWp photovoltaic system, became operational and the project for the construction of photovoltaic systems on the new SDA Hub in Milan was started. 
  • Smart buildings. Buildings are responsible for around 60% of the energy consumed and 31% of the group’s direct CO2  emissions. In order to minimise the environmental impacts of buildings, in terms of emissions produced and resources used, Smart Building was created. The project provides a single supervision system in terms of Building and Energy Management System (Bems) and allows the integrated management of more than 2,000 Poste Italiane buildings to optimise plants and energy efficiency. This allows, on the one hand, monitoring all consumptions, on the other hand, implementing centralised automatic management based on environmental parameters to optimise consumption, maintaining optimal comfort conditions. 
  • Energy optimisation. In terms of energy efficiency, Poste Italiane has joined the Platoon Project, financed by the European Community with funds from the Horizon 2020 programme. The project foresees the development of a digital platform that, using distributed processing and data analysis technologies for the optimised real-time management of the energy system, provides effective support to experts in the field. 
  • LED lighting. In 2020, Poste Italiane continued to invest in smart technologies. In particular, the Group has focused over the years on the installation of LED technology lighting. Specifically, during 2020, the Group continued the conversion to LED lighting, arriving to cover 56% of the square meters of Poste Italiane, adding 40,000 pieces compared to 2019. 
  • Encouragement of virtuous behaviour. With a view to increasingly efficient and sustainable management of operating processes and, consequently, to reducing the amount of waste produced, the Group has launched and maintains projects for the “virtuous” reuse of assets and equipment/tools considered obsolete, but which can still have a “second life”. These goods and equipment are therefore removed from the waste management cycle and “sold” to third parties for reuse.