The CEO on the sidelines of the presentation of the ninth edition of the Brescia Territorial Sustainability Report
From the 9th Territorial Sustainability Report of Brescia “A 2022 emerges in which investments in infrastructure still grew by 26% compared to 2021 (which was the record year). Investments for over 400 million of economic value left in the Brescia area”.
Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of A2A, speaks on the sidelines of the presentation of the ninth edition of the Brescia Territorial Sustainability Report which reports the Group’s environmental, economic and social performance in the area in 2022 and its activity plans expected for the coming years.
The document, illustrated in the presence of the Mayor Laura Castelletti, tells of ‘some very important investments’, among these ‘A new purifier in the Trompia Valley which concerns a highly industrial area with over 100,000 inhabitants which, precisely in the year of drought, allows us to return purified water in truly significant quantities’ – declared the CEO of the Group.
Water is a strategic theme for A2A. In fact, the Group invests 118 euros per inhabitant in the Brescia area, double the Italian average and much more than the European one, also contributing to significantly reducing network losses in the city, currently at 28% compared to a national average of 42%.
And precisely on the water dispersion front, A2A has ‘sensorised the entire Brescia network with Aquarius’, a system that allows leaks to be easily identified ‘without breaking up the whole city’: “These are sound waves transmitted by sensors inside the pipes – explains the managing director – if there is a hole, the sound wave changes flow and in this way we are able to measure how far away the leak is and intervene promptly”.
Furthermore, the A2A has implemented a strategy to study how water moves in the aquifers of the area: “Perhaps the citizens of Brescia saw a helicopter with a giant metal hexagon hanging from it going around. We flew over almost 22,000 km x-raying the entire territory in which we operate, up to 400 meters deep, to identify the aquifers and try to understand how the water moves in our territory”.
A unique technology that proves to be very important for combating drought through the remodulation of the water system and which could also be exported to other Italian municipalities, so much so that the Group is proposing itself as a “technological partner of many companies, even in Southern Italy ” declares Mazzoncini.
The Group increased investments in plants and infrastructures for the ecological transition, bringing them to 307 million. In this sense, dialogue with stakeholders is fundamental: “Any type of infrastructural investment is made by working on the territory – underlines Mazzoncini – the stakeholders represent the territory and therefore for us it is very important to listen to them, understand what their needs are and explain to them what are our plans.”
And precisely in continuity with the commitment carried out over the last three years to listen and dialogue with the communities in which the Group operates, in 2023 the path of the A2A Multistakeholder Forums envisages the involvement of 11 territories throughout Italy, through moments of discussion on the construction of concrete and tailor-made projects, to synergistically contribute to the sustainable development of the country.
“These are meetings that are becoming more and more profitable – says Renato Mazzoncini – It has become a truly important event because every year it allows us to gather a lot of information that is needed to adapt our strategic plans”.
The 9th Territorial Sustainability Report therefore renews an appointment that consolidates the pact with the Brescia community, in the sign of a path based on dialogue and transparency and ‘for the next few years’ – assures Mazzoncini – “we are investing above all in water network which are two networks that are key to addressing the ecological transition”.