Environment, climate and renewables

Current issues focused on by Terna include electromagnetic fields, climate change and developing electricity production from renewables.

With regard to electromagnetic fields, Terna’s commitment is demonstrated above all by scrupulously complying with the Italian laws, among the most stringent ones internationally. Considering the sensibility of the public opinion on the issue, Terna dedicates constant attention to the development of scientific research on electromagnetic fields for assessing any risks connected with its activities. Moreover, it will continue to contribute toward correctly informing the public opinion on the issue.

Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions represent one of the most significant global problems. Terna is not subject to obligations for reducing emissions or bound by emission trading regulations, nor does it see particular risks connected to the climate change for its own economic situation.Nonetheless, both as a sign of its awareness to environmental issues and in response to the growing attention concerning all electricity companies toward this matter, Terna has already defined control and limiting programs for direct and indirect emissions, and will maintain its commitment for achieving greater energy efficiency. Terna's major contribution for reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere is represented by grid development, that allows for the electricity system’s overall greater efficiency and allows accepting an increasing amount of production from renewables. In its Strategic Plan, Terna also identifies a series of activities also regarding energy efficiency (see paragraph on the Strategic Plan). Terna is involved in various ways to supporting, within the limits of the regulations on non-discrimination among operators, the development of electricity production from renewables. Applied research and Smart Grid initiatives and participation in international initiatives and projects for developing an integrated Euro-Mediterranean electricity grid are part of this direction taken.

Lastly, Terna carefully considers developing non-traditional activities included in its Strategic Plan in the upcoming years (i.e., energy storage systems), according to an approach that is consistent with its commitment for assessing and limiting environmental impacts.