Generating value


As part of the management and development of its sites and infrastructure, Snam shares value by making spaces and knowledge available to local stakeholders


When making new investments, Snam shares value with the regions, distributing its knowledge of best business practices among local players.


To complete its methodological approach, Snam has chosen to interpret local areas using the Four Capital Model

Snam has various tools for creating value that it intends to share with the local area.

According to the Shared Value approach, sustainable companies cannot ignore the social and territorial context in which they operate, therefore they must actively work to support it.

Every company is characterised by corporate assets that constitute drivers for value creation, and it is through these drivers that Snam intends to interpret the theme of Shared Value: its infrastructure, its capacity to offer technology and continuous innovation, its human capital, and its capital in terms of relations with the local community.

Snam provides stakeholders with spaces, knowledge and best practices.

Therefore, through its business objectives, Snam aims to share value with local areas and make new investments, for example, by:

  • making space and knowledge available to local stakeholders, for example, areas and services for local vegetable crops  as in the case of Terranuova Bracciolini plant or the landscape reclamation of a green space and the renovation of meeting areas which were then made available to the local community of Portovenere (SP), or making available to university the pictures taken from helicopter fly-overs for studies of the region or  collaborating with institutions for the archaeological finding 
  • sharing best business practices, by applying bioengineering techniques in areas that are particularly sensitive or with complex ecosystems, such as parks and protected areas


To complete its methodological approach, Snam has chosen to interpret local areas using the Four Capital Model, which performs an inventory of 4 assets in the local area concerned. This model allows the quality of the development process to be measured, identifying how each corporate asset affects each of the 4 forms of capital of the local community.


In 2014 a protocol was signed to start collaborating with the “Lelio Pagani” Regional Research Centre at the University of Bergamo. The collaboration involves giving the University, free of charge, the aerial photographs taken during flyovers to monitor the network. These may serve as a point of reference for a number of studies and research projects aimed at gaining a more detailed knowledge of the many aspects of the region (agriculture, forests, geology, town planning, landscape, etc.). In fact, the work of the Research Centre is mainly carried out on the basis of analyses of geographical representations based on zenith views and blueprints. The “bird’s eye view” produced by Snam during flyovers to monitor the network is rarely used in cartographic representations, but is particularly attractive and can be immediately interpreted. Thus, this information will be used and exploited for various educational, cultural and analytical purposes, and in this context, the creation and updating of a catalogue of aerial photographs over time may serve as an important tool for learning about the region concerned, and therefore contribute to the reconstruction of historical transformations over a specific period of time.



The project was launched for the endowment of the Italian gas transportation network synoptic panel to the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci” Foundation of Milan (MUST).

As part of the renovation of the Snam Rete Gas dispatching centre, this important technology was replaced with equipment that is even more cutting edge. For more than 30 years, via remote control, the panel managed the gas flows of the Italian grid and its injection point from the main European and North African gas pipelines.

The ultimate aim of the donation is the creation of value for both the company and the museum. Snam will have the possibility of seeing its role as the major player in the country’s gas system recognised in Milan, centre of the Po Valley, a major hub of the company’s activities and history, precisely when it reaches its 75th anniversary. The museum, which is the largest and most visited technical-scientific museum in Italy, will add an important piece to its exhibitions, also providing new economic value to its offerings aimed at an ever growing public.

The synoptic panel can be seen both as a subject of study for its value as a technical instrument, and as an iconic object to gain more knowledge about the importance of gas in the national energy system and its role as a reliable and sustainable resource. Not only will the historical aspects be stressed, but it will also be possible to dwell on the positive returns of natural gas and its uses in achieving the goals of reducing climate change and global warming on account of it being a clean and efficient resource.

The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia will own the item outright and it will be placed in the section of the museum dedicated to energy systems with a dedicated installation, which will be realised in 2018.


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19 April 2017 - 11:30 CEST