Health, Safety
and the Environment
Consistent with its stated environmental and safety policy, Edison follows an integrated approach to handling issues in these areas, promoting the development and use of management systems specifically designed to ensure compliance with statutory requirements, stimulate technological innovation, enhance competitiveness and improve relationships with the community and interaction with the environment.
The environmental policy of the Edison Group is consistent with sustainable development models. It places environmental issues at the center of the Group's strategies and sets forth principles and guidelines that serve as reference points for all Group companies.
The main activities the Group carried out in 2005 that are consistent with these principles are reviewed below.
Electric Power Operations:
  • Award of EMAS registration to the power plants of Thermoelectric Division 2 in Nera Montoro (TR) and Porcari (LU);
  • Renewal for three years of the EMAS registration for Edison Energie Speciali;
  • Certification of the Integrated Environmental and Safety System in accordance with OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 for all power plants, dams and lesser reservoirs of Hub 3 of the Hydroelectric Operations, and BSI OHSAS 18001 certification of the Safety Management System used by the organization of Thermoelectric Division 1.
    Hydrocarbons:
  • Start of a project to develop an integrated environmental and safety management system (ISO 14001-BSI OHSAS 18001) for the organization of the Sambuceto (PE) District.
    Research and Development:
  • Award of accreditation to the Electrical Measurements Laboratory at the Trofarello (TO) Research Center by the SINAL (National System for the Accreditation of Laboratories).
    At the Santa Giustina's Dam, Edison completed an innovative system that ensures the discharge of a "minimum vital water flow"
    by releasing sufficient water
    from the reservoir to preserve
    the natural habitat and allow irrigation downstream.
    Other significant developments that occurred in 2005 are reviewed below:
    • SINCERT, an agency concerned with the accreditation of certification companies, awarded Edison an attestation of excellence for the development of quality systems.
    • In the area of occupational safety, the effectiveness of the programs implemented over the years is demonstrated by the favorable trend of accident indices for company personnel and employees of contractors.
    The levels of these indices in 2005 show an improvement over 2004, assuming the same number
    of work hours. This positive performance is even more remarkable considering the high risk environment that exists at the construction sites of new thermoelectric power plants.
    Specifically, the frequency index (FI) for company personnel was 2.4 (3.0 in 2004) and the serious accident index (SAI) was 0.04 (0.11 in 2004). For employees of contractors, the FI was 8.2 (10.2 in 2004) and the SAI was 0.53 (0.60 in 2004).
    Edipower was granted renewals of the UNI EN ISO 14001 environmental certifications that had been awarded in previous years to the Chivasso, Piacenza, San Filippo del Mela, Sermide, Turbigo and Brindisi power plants and to the Udine hub. In addition, it published its first Sustainability Report in June.
    During 2005, work continued, and in some cases was completed, on the process of soil decontamination, particularly at the San Filippo del Mela power plant. At the Chivasso power plant, improvements in environmental performance and an increase in the environmental efficiency of the thermoelectric facilities resulted in a reduction of emissions compared with 2004: 27% for sulfur dioxide, more than 30% for nitric oxides and more than 40% for particulate matter.
    In the area of occupational safety and health, all Edipower production units improved their performance compared with previous years, achieving an FI of 3.23 and an SAI of 0.04.