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Our commitment towards the environment

05/12/2015 - 00:00 PM

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The attention paid to the environment is reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) prevention and control of climate change, land and marine life, design of smart cities, are targets on which companies are required to focus with concrete and measurable actions. The importance of environmental protection is indeed evident in the TIM 2017 materiality matrix. 

TIM also responded with four synergic levels of action regarding the fight against climate change:

  • reducing its own direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases;
  • limiting the emissions of other sectors of the economy and customers by supporting virtualisation and the provision of services that promote new sustainable ways of working, learning, travelling and living;
  • adopting procurement policies that take into account the impact of climate change along the whole value chain;
  • contributing to disseminating a culture that creates awareness of the importance of the theme and the actions that everyone can put in place to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within and outside the Company.

This important matter is handled within the Group with the aim of mitigating and/or remedying the negative impacts linked in particular to the use of energy resources.

In particular, the guiding principles of TIM’s strategy for the Environment are:

  • optimising the use of energy sources and other natural resources;
  • constantly seeking to improve environmental and energy 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.

TIM has voluntarily introduced environmental guidelines and policies[1] for quality and the environment in some specific areas of the Group: the Technology Department and the Open Access Department (latest revisions issued in July 2017). Furthermore, TIM Sparkle has a quality, health and safety in the workplace and environment policy in force, which was also issued in July 2017. The activities of TIM Participações are also carried out in accordance with its environmental policy[2], revised in 2015, which underlines its commitment to reducing waste and using natural resources sustainably.

As early as 2012, furthermore, in Italy TIM signed a voluntary agreement with the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Land and Sea to promote joint projects aimed at measuring, containing and neutralising the impact of the telecommunications sector on the climate. In this context, analysis procedures have been created for the standard activities of telecommunication companies in order to provide carbon footprint indicators for the services delivered by TIM across the country: fixed network (telephone calls), mobile network (text messaging, data transfers, calls), data transfers (including picture messaging)[3].

Furthermore, in order to ensure the effective and sustainable management of operational processes, the areas of TIM which have a potentially significant environmental impact have equipped themselves with a certified Environmental Management System (EMS) in accordance with the ISO14001 standard. In some organisations, the Environmental Management System has been integrated with the Quality Management System based on the ISO 9001 standard, for which the respective certification has been obtained. At some particularly representative sites, a certified Energy Management System has been developed according to the ISO 50001[4] standard.

The energy efficiency of the Rozzano 2 Data Centre is demonstrated by the PUE[1] (Power Usage Effectiveness) value of 1.66 certified in 2014, which can be considered a good value for a Data Centre built between 2008 and 2010. The PUE of the other Data Centres is currently undergoing certification.

 

[1]http://www.telecomitalia.com/tit/en/sustainability/our-approach/codes-policies/environmental-social-policies.html

[2]http://ri.tim.com.br/show.aspxidCanal=4K/0QqB9zIbMs3+gpxdxTA==&linguagem=en#  and www.telecomitalia.com/content/dam/telecomitalia/documents/Sostenibilita/en/Policies_ENG/ENVIRONMENTAL%20POLICY-TIM%20Brazil-%20sito%20Brazil-201506.pdf

[3]  In accordance with the procedure described in Chapter 2 of the “GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard ICT Sector Guidance”

 

 

[4]  They are the company locations of Rome - Parco de’ Medici, Bologna - Via Stendhal, and Rozzano (MI) 1 and 2

 

 

 

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