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A2A commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030

In Italy, independent multi-utility major A2A S.p.A has announced that it has "chosen to make its decarbonisation objectives more ambitious, aligning itself with the 2°C trajectory defined by COP21 (2015 Paris Climate Agreement) over the next decade.

Commissioned in 2003, the A2A waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Bergamo, Italy. A single line 25 MWth and 10.6 MWe combined heat and power (CHP) plant, it processes 60 000 tonnes-per-annum supplying 120 GWh of heat to the district heat network and 50 GWh of power to the grid (photo courtesy A2A).

According to a statement, A2A’s decarbonisation plan includes, by 2030, a 46 percent reduction of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope1) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced, as compared to 2017 (emission factor in 2030 equal to 230 gCO2/kWh).

The objective is based on the development of new renewable installed capacity, equal to at least 1.6 GW in 2030, on the optimisation of combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT), on the phase-out from coal and heavy oil fuel (HFO), making a reconversion of those conventional power plants.

In the past three years, A2A has already reduced its CO2  emission factor per kilowatt-hour (net heat and electricity production) by 19 percent, thanks to a development strategy in its renewable energy sources and the progressive reduction in its quota of carbon and fuel oil (10 percent of the mix in 2019).

As part of this commitment, it will also set the 100 percent reduction of the Scope2 emissions by 2024, and a decrease of 20 percent Scope3 indirect emissions by 2030, related to the purchase of fuels for its own systems and the sale of gas to end clients.

First multi-utility in Italy to obtain SBTi approval

In March, A2A’s emission reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), as being consistent with scientific climate evidence, and in line with the reduction required in order to keep global warming levels below 2°C with respect to the pre-industrial era.

The SBTi – an initiative born from the collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and CDP, a UK-headed not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions to manage their environmental impacts – to validate whether companies’ decarbonisation targets are in line with the Paris Agreement (COP21).

A2A is the first multi-utility in Italy to obtain validation of the emissions target by SBTi. Currently, 343 companies around the world have obtained validation of their targets from SBTi, of which only three in Italy.

About A2A Group

Headquartered in Brescia, Italy, A2A is an independent multi-utility that provides gas, district heat, water, and electricity from both own and third-party sources. The Group designs, installs, and operates district heating networks in the cities of Milan, Sesto San Giovanni (MI), Novate (MI), Cassano d’Adda (MI), Brescia, Bovezzo (BS), Concesio (BS), Bergamo and Varese. The Group also has technology partnerships within organic waste recycling in Greece, Spain, and the UK.

In Italy, the Group owns and/or co-owns around hydro 1.9 GW hydropower (10 locations), 94 MW solar PV, 7.1 GW fossil thermal power primarily gas-fired (9 plants), 6 waste-to-energy plants and 6 organic waste recycling plants. In 2018 it generated 17.5 TWh of electricity and supplied 3.2 TWh of heat of which 430 GWh was acquired from third-parties.

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