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Energy Efficiency

05/25/2016 - 04:00 PM

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The aim of this project is to protect the environment by optimising energy efficiency: we have measured it in terms of the value generated and here are the results!

Saving energy through work and projects carried out to improve energy efficiency.

TIM

If you can measure it, you can manage it.

Robert S. Kaplan

The concept of efficiency pertains to the relationship between the inputs of a production process and the outputs sought by that process.  Energy efficiency in the ICT context has economic and environmental relevance in terms of managing the energy required. Domestic energy requirement and consequent consumption stands at around 2 TWh per year and TIM is the second biggest electricity consumer nationally.

The electricity purchased is all generated from renewable sources and is therefore covered by guarantee of origin certificates, contributing to a dramatic decrease in indirect carbon dioxide emissions. Energy efficiency is a key issue in terms of our company’s environmental sustainability and the related project can generate business value for the Group and social value for the community expressed in terms of Environmental protection and the Capacity to innovate.

Our commitment to the environment: to improve energy efficiency and offer services with fewer CO2 emissions.

TIM

Protecting the environment, improving energy efficiency and offering services that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants are the main intervention policies adopted by the Group to promote sustainable development in its areas of influence.

Specific actions have therefore been taken, aimed at reducing its environmental impacts and offering technological solutions aimed at individuals, businesses and public administration for the creation of a more inclusive and viable digital society.

All the Group companies are inspired by the following fundamental principles: optimising the use of energy sources and natural resources; seeking to improve energy/environmental performance, minimising negative impacts and maximising positive ones; adopting purchasing policies that are sensitive to environmental themes; dissemination of the correct approach to environmental issues.

TIM’s commitment continues with regards to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Also during 2015, TIM was awarded energy efficiency certificates (Titoli di Efficienza Energetica - TEE) for a total of 34 approved projects, corresponding to around 40,000 TOEs (Tonnes of Oil Equivalent) per year saved and an estimated financial value, at current prices, over 5 years, of around 40 million euros. The certificates, also known as white certificates, certify the achievement of energy savings in the final use of energy as a result of work and projects carried out to improve energy efficiency, which are considered as “virtuous” insofar as they perform better than the national average. In 2015, revenues from TEE sales came to 2 million euros.

Consumption trends and the need to control them in real time, the ability to verify the effectiveness of optimisation activities, have promoted the creation of an internal monitoring system covering 42% of the total consumption, through a network of over 30,000 sensors. The number of fixed and mobile network sites with sensors is 2,768. Through these remote measurements and the processing done by the "TI Green" platform, the Company is able to certify the results of improvement actions implemented.

This experience and the great number of activities and projects aimed at reducing consumption and CO2 emissions are an asset available to customers. The offer is able to fulfil the main requirements for optimisation of consumption among the various customer segments: from medium-sized industrial companies to public administration units and big multi-site industries with an international presence.

Notes on methods

  • Thanks to the energy efficiency initiatives, a lesser impact has been achieved in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, calculated with an emissions factor of 0.386411 kg CO2 per kWh (source 2015 Sustainability Report);
  • The social costs avoided as a consequence of the reduction in carbon dioxide are estimated as:  €203 per tonne of CO2 avoided (source: Stanford University);
  • The ratio between energy savings and Milan household consumption was calculated on the basis of the 2012 household electricity consumption, equal to 1,399 GWh (revision of Istat data).