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Tecnological innovation and smart cities

Optimize Group competences and know-how through research and development activities that stimulate a continuous evolution of services and infrastructures, contributing towards the development and creation of the Smart City of the future, which integrates all energy, environment, water, heat, networks and optic fibre services in a single centre.

Performance 2020

4

first start-ups financed thanks to the "Corporate Venture Capital" project

 

 

540

ideas collected in "A2A Call for ideas"

180

start-ups from around the world met to develop solutions in the field of sustainability (Plug&Play-Sustainability batch)

 

 

170

sensors ("noise loggers") installed for early detection of water leaks ( Aquarius Project)

 

 

 

Innovation

Actions

  • Start of the A2A Call for ideas initiative created with the aim of accelerating the process of the emergence of ideas in support of the Group's strategic objectives in a Corporate Intrapreneurship perspective
  • Launch of challenges on open innovation platforms: the WtE Challenge (to optimize the perfor-mance and efficiency of waste-to-energy plants); the Networks & District Heating BU Challenge (to find new projects for the development of compact underground electrical substations for urban areas)
  • Financed the italian start-up "Circular Materials" that has patented a technology for the removal of heavy and precious metals from industrial wastewater with a view to the circular economy
  • Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Snam, Ardian and FNM to give further impetus to the development of green hydrogen. The aim is the creation in Valcamonica of the first Italian "Hydrogen Valley", providing it with a fleet of hydrogen trains and related infrastructure
  • Start of the collaboration between A2A Smart City and  Franciacorta Consortium concerned the activation of a monitoring service aimed at collecting meteorological data (air temperature and humidity, rain gauge and dew point) and data relating to the soil (temperature and humidity)

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN AND POLICY

Digital
Circular Economy
Governance
People Innovation
Energy Transition

Innovation and R&D

Develop investments in research and development, increasing the number of partnerships with international research centres and Universities. Develop new technologies, patents for technological innovation.

KPI Year 2020 Year 2022 Year 2026 Year 2030 ID Termine
Number of people involved in idea generation and corporate entrepreneurship processes - 1,000 3,000 3,000 987 938

Sustainable Development Goal

INDUSTRIES, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Our concept of sustainability

Find out about A2A Sustainability delving into
the different dimensions of our model.