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Our Environmental Commitment

Our Commitment towards the Environment

05/15/2017 - 05:00 PM

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Many of the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations for 2030 are intuitively linked to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability: this is the case, for example, of the goal to prevent and control climate change, the goals relating to terrestrial and marine life, and those relating to the design of smart cities. TIM's strategy promotes business in line with the aforementioned goals.

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. The specific actions taken are therefore 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.

The Companies of the Group pay particular attention to the fight against climate change, evidenced by continuous and significant investments in research on energy efficiency and the extensive use of energy generated by renewable sources. TIM is also deeply convinced it can play a key role, together and in synergy with other sectors of the economy, in facilitating the transition towards a low carbon emission economy.

In fact, the ICT sector plays a key role in the reduction of CO2 and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, not only because the sector itself can contain and reduce its own CO2 emissions, but primarily because it can contribute to the reduction of emissions in other sectors thanks to the development of innovative services that promote more sustainable lifestyles (such as, for example, video conferencing, teleworking, telemedicine and, more generally, all services that encourage the “dematerialization” of the economy). International studies [1] in fact demonstrate that the adoption of these services could lead to a 20% reduction in global CO2 emissions by 2030, thereby maintaining them at 2015 levels.

The environmental strategy of the Group's companies is founded on the following principles:

  • optimising the use of energy sources and other natural resources;
  • constantly seeking to improve environmental performance by reducing negative impacts and increasing positive ones;
  • adopting procurement policies that take environmental issues into account;
  • disseminating a culture that promotes a correct approach to environmental issues.

In order to ensure the effective and sustainable management of operational processes which have particular environmental impacts, TIM has equipped itself with an Environmental Management System which is ISO14001 certified. In some areas, the Environmental Management system has been integrated with the Quality Management System based on the ISO 9001 standard: all of them having achieved the respective certification. Some sites [2] obtained the certification of the Energy Management System based on ISO 50001 standard.

To further demonstrate the commitment to contain environmental impacts, TIM invests each year in research on innovative solutions. TIM has filed many patents in this area.

[1] Such as #SMARTer2030 – ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges – published in 2015 by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).

[2] Roma Parco de’ Medici, Bologna - via Stendhal, and Rozzano (MI) 1 and 2.

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