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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:
 
  • Reducing the environmental impact of its operations:

    — optimisation of energy consumption and reduction of atmospheric emissions generated by buildings, thanks to supply plans based on renewable sources and investment in energy efficiency solutions, such as continuous consumption monitoring systems, use of eco-efficient lighting systems and other low consumption electrical/electronic equipment;

    — green transport incentives for logistics and individual mobility, to reduce atmospheric emissions, also making available a company fleet consisting of hybrid or full electric vehicles;

    — reduction in the consumption of materials and proper waste management, specifically through the reduction and containment of paper consumption, achieved through digitalising documents and maximising the portion of waste that can be recycled/reused;

    — reduction of water consumption.
     
  • Incorporation of environmental aspects into the products and services offered:

    — implementation of digitalisation processes for the products and services offered, in the belief that digital innovation can potentially create shared value for Poste Italiane and its stakeholders, providing a precious contribution both by reducing environmental impacts and improving Group profitability;

    — risk and opportunity analysis for environmental issues, relative to investment decisions and management of insurance activities, with the aim of making a significant contribution to the sustainable development process in Italy.
     
  • Raising the awareness of employees and third parties regarding the environmental culture:

    — involvement of employees in programmes and initiatives aimed at protecting the natural environment and ecology, in particular through the support and active participation of Poste Italiane’s corporate volunteer network;

    — support training and information projects on environmental issues, as well as initiatives intended to protect and restore environmental assets;

    — dialogue and cooperation with entities and associations operating on the national and international level, to design and adopt models, policies and strategies that can mitigate climate change and prevent inefficient consumption of resources;

    — analysis of risks and environmental management methods adopted by counterparties (suppliers, business partners, other companies), in procurement processes and any extraordinary finance transactions.
 
The Group’s dedication to environmental sustainability can also be seen in its plan to increase the production of energy from renewable sources through the development of photovoltaic solutions, and to contribute to the absorption of CO2 and other climate-changing emissions by planting green areas on Poste Italiane land and buildings.
 
The Company periodically monitors the effectiveness of its approach through procedures to identify and assess risk inside and outside the Group, as well as by providing a system for reporting violations, a system of sanctions and through numerous activities of dialogue with stakeholders.
 
In line with regulations, Postel S.p.A. and SDA, the two companies primarily involved in the certification process, have also defined specific environmental policies:
  • Postel S.p.A. Occupational Health and Safety, Environment and Quality Policy: which is intended to guarantee and monitor appropriate company conduct relative to regulatory and legal provisions on environmental issues, ensuring the Company is in line with the standards required for occupational health and safety. Additionally, Postel S.p.A. establishes objectives on environmental protection and prevention of negative impacts, especially relative to efficient waste management and is profoundly committed to responsibly using resources and protecting biodiversity as relevant to its situation.
  • SDA S.p.A. Quality, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety Policy: through which SDA S.p.A. establishes and presents its principles relative to proper management of quality, environment and occupational health and safety issues. In particular, the Company recognises the importance of environmental sustainability and is committed to protecting the environment, making specific reference to preventing pollution and excessive consumption of natural resources, which could be associated with the business carried out by the Company. In this light, SDA S.p.A. promotes recycling and, when possible, reuse of waste products and is also committed to constantly working to achieve a supply chain structured around sustainability.
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. Renewable sources. With the objective of making the impact of its business on the local area even more sustainable, Poste Italiane has encouraged the use of photovoltaic panels on the real estate it owns throughout Italy. The project to enhance renewable sources calls for the development of around 400 photovoltaic plants on the roofs of owned properties for a total of 18MWp and around 25 Gwh/y of production when fully operational, for a total investment of around € 31.5 million, with 13 invested in 2021. Also during the year the complex tender process was completed and 12 contracts were formalised and begun, with installations progressively moving forward. The initiative will last for two years and began in the first half of 2021. By the end of 2023, the energy efficiency plan will lead to the installation of photovoltaic plants able to cover 5% of Poste Italiane’s energy requirements. Additionally, the installation of photovoltaic panels also includes parcel distribution, involving the major hubs of Bologna, Milan and Rome. Around 98% of the Group’s requirements in 2021 were acquired through the contract with ACEA Energia SPA, with 100% from renewable sources certified through Guarantees of Origin.
  • Smart buildings. Confirming the Group’s commitment to environmental sustainability, as in 2020 the Smart Building project was promoted to achieve a management system for small/medium Poste Italiane locations by monitoring consumption, weather conditions inside and outside of the buildings and automatic implementation of systems which regulate and manage the air conditioning, heating and lighting systems. The project calls for a single Building and Energy Management System (BEMS), using a single platform to monitor and manage over 2,000 buildings. Integrated control of the systems is intended to optimise maintenance management and energy efficiency. When fully operational, the system is expected to save around 7.6 Gwh/year of electricity. In 2021 the contract continued with installations in over 650 locations, with software development for the BEMS platform completed. In total, 2043 actions are planned over two years. Maintenance of the entire system, including adjustments and updates, will continue for five years to optimise the systems and energy efficiency. This will also be made possible thanks to the addition of new professional positions, managed by the Digital Technologies Operations function, to manage the Smart Building initiative as part of the insourcing project.
  • Energy optimisation. With an eye to energy efficiency, Poste Italiane began installing gas and electricity metres in its largest buildings, in line with the provisions of Legislative Decree 102/14. In fact, the law calls for monitoring plans for the buildings which best represent the Company. At the same time, MOME cards were installed in around 6,700 small buildings, to work with the centralised Smart Info software. Additionally, Poste Italiane coordinates over 90 energy efficiency projects throughout Italy, with the objective of reducing the consumption of gas and electricity and consequently the emission of pollutants. The Group is aware that in the changing sociocultural panorama new professional positions are being introduced, able to face the challenges of environmental sustainability. This view led to the creation of the Energy Management Expert (EGE) position, which combines technical skills with solid grounding in environmental, economic/financial, business management and communication areas. There are currently 11 EGEs at Poste Italiane, of which 3 central and 8 local, who acquired the position thanks to a certification process which guarantees professionalism and skill, also making them competitive on the external market. Finally, the Company began an energy efficiency project intended to optimise the air conditioning and heating systems in some of the Group’s structural locations.
  • LED lighting. Poste Italiane’s commitment to smart technologies continued in 2021. In fact, the Group installed LED lighting systems throughout the year. More specifically, during 2021 91,000 new lights were installed using LED, involving over 400 buildings, and reaching 78% of locations in terms of impact on Poste Italiane consumption. Additionally, € 300,000 was allocated for the LED revamping project at SDA.
  • Encouragement of virtuous behaviour. To promote increasingly efficient and sustainable management of operating processes and, consequently, a reduction in 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. Additionally, Poste Italiane promotes company awareness initiatives on the rational use of energy (Ora della Terra, Sustainability survey). Finally, the Company promotes the “green challenge” a CO2 offsetting programme to reward green behaviour by customers.