Society: our approach

Terna is an infrastructure company that is strategic for the Italian economy and provides a public utility service. Society – understood in both a general sense as the recipient of Terna’s service and a local sense as the communities more directly affected by projects for developing the transmission grid – is an essential stakeholder.

SO1Terna’s approach to the local communities that host the construction of new infrastructure is discussed in depth in the chapter “Environmental responsibility”, because the visual and landscape impacts are the most significant ones of SO9such activity. In this chapter, contrarily, other possible impacts on individuals and on society are discussed.

EU20The construction of new electricity lines does not involve the physical displacement of people or entire communities, but only the use of from nearly 30 to nearly 250 square meters of land for every pylon. Terna’s use of innovative solutions, such as, for example, single-pole pylons, tends to reduce the physical encumbrance, as well as the visual impact, of new lines.

Even though Terna is authorized by the law (Law no. 1775 of 1933 and Presidential Decree 327/2001 – Consolidated Act on expropriations) to use an expropriation procedure to obtain the land, the Company prefers solutions based on mutual consent, paying a one-off compensation for the line’s right of way through private property (mounting pylons, installing overhead conductors, laying underground cables). In this case, the owner will no longer be able to use the land physically occupied by the pylons, it being understood that in the event the lines are dismantled, the land will again be at his complete disposal.

EU22The pursuit of a consensual solution fails only in a minority of cases. When that happens, it is necessary to use coercive measures. In the 2009-2011 three-year period, Terna constructed nearly 515 km of power lines, which entailed obtaining easements from approximately 14,412 land owners (7,092 in 2011, 3,586 in 2010 and 3,734 in 2009). In 16% of the cases it was necessary to use a coercive easement procedure.

When Terna constructs a station, which occupies much more land, the Company normally purchases the necessary land.

Considering its role as the provider of a service to society and the regulatory context in which it operates, Terna complies scrupulously with the laws and regulations that concern it.

In consistency with this fair and respectful approach, Terna considers the identification and implementation of social, humanitarian, and cultural initiatives to be an integral part of its mission, as a concrete sign of participation in the civil development of the communities in which it operates.

As provided for by its Code of Ethics, in its relations with public authorities and associations, Terna represents its interests in a transparent, meticulous, and consistent manner, while avoiding collusive behavior.