40 projects by the Local Committees for sustainability
Iren Local Committees are bodies which have been established to strengthen relationships with the local areas, analyse them and anticipate needs, encourage innovative environmental and social initiatives, increase widespread awareness of strategies and services offered, guaranteeing broad representation of the various realities of civil society and engaging Iren Group top management in dialogue with its stakeholders. Committees are also a work instrument for collecting the ideas and proposals of citizens via the Irencollabora.it platform, in order to plan new sustainable development solutions, enhancing the experience, knowledge and skills of local communities to create shared value and generate growth for the Group and for the areas in which it operates.
In 2017, the projects incubated by the Committees of Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Turin and Genoa almost doubled compared to 2016, reaching 40, and concerned environmental, social and educational topics. 16 new projects, which join the 9 from the 2015-2016 two-year period, were implemented in 2017:
The following projects concentrate on reducing food waste: “Parma non spreca” (Parma doesn’t waste), “Ri-Cibiamo al Ristorante - Chi ama il cibo non lo spreca” (Re-food at the Restaurant - People who love food don’t waste it) and “Cibo per tutti: verso l’emporio solidale a Reggio Emilia” (Food for all: to the solidarity store in Reggio Emilia).
The reduction in waste production is evident in the “Reuse Centres”, “CeloCelo”, “Valorizzazione ambientale delle potature del verde urbano” (Environmental development of pruned urban vegetation) and “What Weee Are” projects.
The following projects were created to support vulnerable groups: the “Bonus energetico” (Energy Bonus), “Fondo mutualistico volontario per le povertà energetiche” (Voluntary mutual fund for energy poverty), “Pro Ultra 70” and “Campioni si diventa” (Becoming Champions).
Urban decorand landscape improvementwere the objectives of the following projects: “La storia verde di Reggio Emilia” (The green history of Reggio Emilia), “Parco Antola: un lago da bere” (Antola Park: A lake to be drunk) and “Sensibilizzazione sull’abbandono a terra dei mozziconi di sigaretta” (Raising awareness about throwing cigarette ends on the ground).
Lastly, social relevance was elevated by the following projects: “Sapere è vivere. Conoscere il cancro per prevenirlo e vincerlo” (Knowledge is life. Get to know cancer so you can prevent and beat it) and “Arturo - I tuoi occhi sulla valle” (Arturo - Your eyes on the valley) which built a warning instrument for parties appointed to manage water emergency situations.