Compliance with the law



In the three years 2010-2012 no definitive administrative or judicial, monetary or non-monetary penalties were imposed for non-compliance with environmental laws or regulations. The “Tables of indicators” section and the paragraph “Disputes and litigation” contain further data on litigation and on complaints received in the environmental field.


In 2012, as in 2011, there were no significant leaks of pollutant liquids. In 2010 a fire in the Calenzano (Florence) transformer caused a leak of oil into the surrounding land. Following this event 400 cubic metres of earth (from an area of 450 square metres) were removed to avoid possible environmental damage.

During 2012, the operating instruction “Management and minimization of the risk of hydrocarbon pollution in the ordinary operation of Oil Collection Tanks” was also defined. The purpose of the document, which was drafted taking into account the 2011 survey of the types of oil collection tanks installed in the Terna plants, is to prevent episodes of hydrocarbon pollution of the soil, subsoil, surface water or groundwater during normal performance of activities at Terna electric stations.

In 2012, Terna, making use of the support of accredited external bodies, completed monitoring of noise associated with overhead lines.

In 2012, together with the ANIE (National Federation of Electricity Companies), Terna prepared the document “Management of environmental safety in construction sites for activities on the national high-voltage electricity grid”, which identifies guidelines for proper management of environmental aspects in the area of work on the national high-voltage electricity grid - sites for the construction and maintenance of electricity stations and overhead or underground power lines. In particular, the voluntarily prepared document recognises as essential aspects of corporate business: compliance with the legislation on environmental matters, minimizing any negative effects of its activities on the environment, limiting the production of waste aiming at increased recovery of materials, preventing any form of atmospheric pollution with particular reference to gas and dust emissions, contamination of the soil and pollution of surface water and groundwater, and encouraging suppliers and contractors to adopt environmentally-friendly rules of conduct.

Finally, in the early months of 2013 employee training began for those responsible for the work of installing and maintaining fire prevention and extinguisher systems containing fluorinated greenhouse gases, as set out in the legislation (Italian Presidential Decree No. 43/2012 transposing Regulation (EC) No. 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases ).