We were born in the Aosta Valley but our commitment to environmental sustainability has roots all over Italy.
We are the energy of the future: clean, renewable, sustainable. Since 2019 we have been putting our commitment down in black and white by means of our Sustainability Report, a public and transparent tool drafted according to the international GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards, Core option. Here we illustrate the goals and results already achieved by the CVA Group, and lay the foundations for ambitious new objectives that respect the region and the environment.
Every day we work to construct a company that is increasingly strong and competitive from an economic, environmental and social perspective, conscious of the fact that we need to keep improving our performance levels, introducing innovations to our activities and fully embracing the goals of national and European energy policies. For us, this means maximising the performance of our plants but also planning major and strategic modernisation and upgrading works.
Protecting and caring for our region is part of our DNA. Our roots are in the Aosta Valley, a precious land whose riches lie not only in its natural heritage, but also in the skills and motivation of the people who live there and work with us every day.
Faced with an increasingly complex and interconnected world, we want to start here, in our Region, gradually broadening our horizons to develop sustainable models of energy production and consumption, to rethink economic activities, mobility and tourism with the aim of safeguarding and promoting the natural resources available to us today in order to protect the future generations. Our land will thus become a laboratory in which to experiment with a potentially carbon-free future, where innovation, diversification and education play a decisive role.
The future? Green and full of energy
For over two decades these forces of nature, with which we have established a harmonious relationship based on respect, have been our allies in the production of 100% green, carbon-neutral energy. We are a unique organisation in the Italian energy sector. Although we have strong roots in the Aosta Valley, we look beyond our confines to embrace sustainable models of energy production and consumption, rethinking economic activities, mobility and tourism to protect and promote the resources available to us today in order to safeguard tomorrow.
The force of water, the warmth of the sun and the power of the wind help us light up thousands of homes every day, building a cleaner, more sustainable future together. The CVA Group is able to meet the electricity requirements of more than 1 million households.
Water, the energy of our Land
Aiming high with wind energy
With an installed capacity of 42 MW, the Piansano (Viterbo) wind farm is the CVA Group’s biggest facility. It now comprises twenty-one 2 MW Vestas V90 wind turbines, which have a hub height (the point at which the blades are attached) of 80 metres and a rotor diameter of 90 metres. Did you know that the length of one blade of these wind turbines is 44 metres, roughly equal to the height of a 15-storey building?
CVA Group at high altitude
In fact, electricity distribution networks are often located in places that are inaccessible because of the environmental conditions. In our mountains, one common problem in winter is snow on the pylons, which can turn into ice and cause major disruption to the community.
Designing a sustainable future
“The next three years will determine the course of the next 30 years and beyond. If we do not take action, we will surely see a rebound in greenhouse gas emissions.” Birol refers to the considerable fall in emissions, which plunged 17% in April 2020 during the global lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 emergency. As we have gradually emerged from lockdown, emissions have begun to rise again.
Renewable ever since
We offset the emissions of our “INSIEME 2021” business convention
Consistent with our environmental mission, in 2021 we decided to reduce the emissions generated by our business convention.
616 employees connected via streaming, more than 50 guests, a musical performance, staging, the sending of emails and much more: our annual meeting produced 930 kg of CO2. In terms of emissions, this is roughly the equivalent of keeping your blender running non-stop for about a year. To put it another way, a forest of about 42 apple trees would be needed to capture the same amount of CO2 emitted by the event.
We offset the emissions by supporting certified environmental protection projects created for the sole purpose of reducing CO2.
At the end of the event, every participant at INSIEME 2021 received a code enabling them to select the environmental protection projects with which to offset the emissions produced by their online participation in the convention.
Check out the accredited Up2You account on the VERRA Registry, the international body that develops and manages carbon credits, through which carbon credits are allocated to the CVA Group, and see which projects are currently being supported on the map below.