Terna’s first and most immediate impact on the environment is the physical presence of pylons and power stations on the landscape.
Some of the solutions adopted by Terna include: reaching agreement with local communities on new projects before implementation; mitigating visual impact through "green masking" initiatives, using suitable vegetation or pylons designed to integrate more effectively into the surrounding landscape.
Regarding those issues of equal concern for the environment as a whole - such as waste CO2 emissions, electromagnetic fields and climate change - Terna carries out regular checks and monitoring programs, as well as developing processes aimed at minimizing their scope and effects.
Just think, for example, that 87% of the waste produced by Terna (93% in 2016, 92% in 2015) is recovered and recycled and only a small proportion is sent to landfill.
Because of its sensibility to the environment, Terna has over the years launched projects aimed at safeguarding biodiversity, including through alternative uses of its power lines. In particular Terna signed specific cooperation agreements in collaboration with the principal environmental organizations (WWF, Legambiente, Greenpeace) designed to emphasize nature conservation in the planning activities and maintenance of the electricity grid.
Environmental management system
Terna’s activities in the environmental area are coordinated and guided by the Environmental Management System, through the 2007 UNI EN ISO 14001
certification and part of the Integrated Management System.
This certification covers all of Terna’s activities, both those regarding the existing structures and those of planning and producing new development investments in the electric transmission grid.
Remaining in the environmental field, in 2015 Terna was obtained for the entire Terna Group the Energy Management System certification in accordance with the UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 50001:2011
For details on all certifications and accreditations refer to the dedicated page.
With a responsible approach towards the important theme of climate change, Terna also monitors its greenhouse gas emissions, that is however reduced due to the nature of its business that does not include the production of electricity. Terna’s commitment to the environment is also reflected by the costs incurred for environmental reasons, both as operating expenses and investments. This separate presentation of environmental costs was drafted for the first time in 2009, following a project in which Terna’s general and industrial accounts were reinterpreted.
Terna’s attention to the environment is reflected in the following features: