A grid of energy
in harmony with the environment

Our 2015 in numbers

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Letter of the Chairwoman and the CEO

The Sustainability Report that we are presenting provides further information about the positive results achieved by the Terna Group in 2015 in terms of sustainability and displayed in the Group's Integrated Report.

Catia Bastioli            Matteo Del Fante                                           
The Chairwoman      The Chief Executive Officer                              

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Matteo del Fante, Catia Bastioli

Sustainability Plan

The Sustainability Plan is a tool that organises the Group’s business into sustainable streams to support business growth.

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Stakeholders management model

The Stakeholders management model supports the Company in building correct relations based on mutual trust.


Sustainability indices

Terna is the Industry Leader in the Electric Utilities sector worldwide of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and has been confirmed in the main international sustainability stock market, indices and ratings


Social performance

Injury rate
Injury rate (-3.4%)
 Hours of training per capita
​56 Hours
Hours of training per capita (+30%)
Training coverage
​97 %
Training coverage  (+8%)
Donne in posizioni manageriali
18.2 %
Women holding managerial positions (senior and junior executivesover total women (+0.6%)

Environmental performance

Direct CO2 emissions
66.799,4 Tons
Direct CO2 emissions (-14%)
Incidence of SF6 leaks ​
0.44 %
Incidence of SF6 leaks (-16% )
Emissions intensity
65.9 %
Emissions intensity  (-8%)
(Equivalent tonnes of CO2 / Revenue million of euro)
Waste recycled
92 %
Waste recycled (+11%)

Our sustainability

Terna’s main business is the provision of a service which is indispensable for the operation of the entire Italian electricity system and to ensure electricity for everyone. Commitment to service is therefore also our main reference point when approaching sustainability matters.
This leads to concern upstream of the possible environmental and social impacts of Terna's activities and advocates taking all necessary measures to prevent and minimize such impacts.
The respect for the environment and for local communities, the interest to stakeholders, the specific technical skills renewal of human resources an the occupational safety constitute the Terna’s sustainability approach.

Relations with Stakeholders

Terna’s commitment in building a relationship is based on mutual trust with our stakeholders begins with taking their interests into account and analysing their compatibility with those of the Company, in order to be able to adopt a consistent and transparent approach.

The 2015 figures:

Consultation 275 encounters involving about 160 local authorities
Employees More than 500 citizens took part in Terna’s “Open Days” throughout Italy
More than 200 employees in the field of distribution participated in seminars on the Gaudì portal new functions
About 35.000 interactions on social network

Responsibility for the electric service

Terna’s core business is the provision of electricity transmission and dispatching services in Italy. These services are in the general interest of society and performed on the basis of a government concession which assigns Terna the role of national electricity transmission system operator (TSO).
The role that Terna plays within the electricity system renders it ethically responsible for the service provided to the whole of Italy.

The 2015 figures:
Security Plan € 75 million invested
New lines in operation Around 73 km
Lines removed 98.03 km
Checks 74,600 km of three-phase power lines subject to visual inspections  of which 31,400 by helicopter, and 17,000 instrumental
Live-line works Approximately 1,150 checks and 1,100 maintenance operations

Economic responsibility

The service objectives are to be integrated with financial performance objectives: the synthesis of these two areas results from the search for operating efficiency and growth opportunities, whilst fulfilling service obligations and, in particular, ensuring the security of the electricity system.

The 2015 figures:
Total investments € 1,103.1 million
Total Shareholder's Return (TSR) 32.5%
Employment 3,333 Group employees as at 31.12.2015 (*)
Indirect employment 2,503 full-time equivalent
Suppliers active during the year 1,857
(*) This Group figure has the same scope as 2014 and does not include employees of the Tamini group or Terna Crna Gora.

Environmental responsibility

Terna recognises the importance of the right balance between energy requirements and protecting the environment and local communities. In carrying out its business, it therefore seeks appropriate solutions to ensure Italy has the electricity it needs in the most reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable way.
The 2015 figures: 
Percentage of SF6 leaks 0.44%
Direct CO2 emissions  66,799.4 equivalent tons (-14% compared to 2014)
Reduction of CO2 emissions in the year
(provisional data)
1,340.000 tonnes
Carbon intensity
(Equivalent tonnes of CO2/Revenue (millions of euro)
Water consumption 92% recycled (81% in 2014)

Social responsibility

Terna's approach to relations with its collaborators is characterised by concern for safety and the prevention of injuries, design of management and development systems to improve performance and develop individual skills, investment in training remuneration and welfare policies, a well-organised system of industrial relations based on trade-union involvement and listening to employees by using staff surveys.
As for the society, understood in a general sense as the user of Terna's service, and the local communities more directly affected by grid investment projects, are key stakeholders.
The most significant impact of Terna's work on local communities is that on the visual landscape. Terna's approach to this is described in the chapter "Environmental Responsibility". As the use of land to realize the infrastructures included in the Development Plan, Terna prefers solutions based on mutual consent, paying one-off compensation for the right of way of the line through private property.

The 2015 figures:
Training 190,807 hours provided
Training per capita 56 hours
Injury rate 0.84

Terna and SDGs

Approved in September 2015 by the 193 member states of the United Nations, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the core of the 2030 Agenda, the global plan intended to eliminate poverty and promote economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection within the next 15 years.
The Global Compact encourages companies to accept thecommon challenge presented by the SDGs, thereby combining the capacity for identifying new business opportunities with responsible practices.
The 17 SDGs are divided into 169 sub-objectives that touch on many sustainability issues. The following table shows the relationship between the issues and the GRI indicators published within this Report, which is the result of the adoption of the "SDG Compass" guide prepared by GRI, UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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The events of 2015

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