Sustainability

Safeguarding the environment

Caring for the environment is a challenge for society, one in which technology plays a key role. Telecom Italia is attempting to combat climate change both by reducing its emissions and by offering customers efficient virtualisation of products and services and innovative solutions.

What has been done to reduce the company's energy consumption?

Telecom Italia has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce its energy consumption, ranging from the introduction of over 350,000 low-energy LED bulbs in communal areas to an efficient increase in energy generation for local, internal use.

The most important project is the Smart Center: a cutting-edge technology centre that helps manage available resources efficiently. Thanks to 24,300 sensors located in plants, premises, mobile radio stations, offices and stores, the Smart Center continuously monitors half of Telecom Italia's consumption to identify areas of improvement and propose innovative energy-saving solutions.

Nine projects win recognition for energy saving

A series of innovative projects, which lead to significant electricity savings, have been awarded White Certificates from the Italian grid operator (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici, or GSE).

In 2013, nine Telecom Italia projects were awarded White Certificates, enabling the company to make annual energy savings of 23,000 tonnes of oil equivalent (TOE), worth over EUR 16 million in financial terms. Another 18 projects, corresponding to an annual energy saving of over 55,000 TOE, are currently being assessed by GSE.

How has data transmission efficiency improved?

Increasing the speed and quantity of data transmitted involves ever-higher energy consumption. The initiatives implemented by Telecom Italia seek to examine the energy efficiency of services offered by correlating the number of bits transmitted (data and voice traffic) with the quantity of energy consumed for industrial, civil and transport purposes (measured in joules).

Since 2011, the Group has improved its data transport efficiency by 28%; its target for 2014 is to increase efficiency by 9.6% compared with 2013.