Acting for the environment


The environmental challenges faced today are to reach the objectives of Agenda 2030 concerning biosphere: 15- Life on land, 14- Life below water, 6- Clean water and sanitation and 13- Climate action. The SDGs more material for Snam are the fight against climate change (13) and the protection of biodiversity (15).



In 2019 total GHG emissions decreased of 2.6% respect to 2018.
Thanks to the operations carried out, the emissions of 181,800 tonnes of CO2eq into the atmosphere was avoided. It is the highest figure in recent years (+17% compared to 2018).


Biodiversity. 747 km of environmental monitoring completed on the network and 73 km of plant care was carried out

The SDGs, the 17 objectives of the 2030 Agenda are all important, but they have different priorities: they are often displayed in what is called the “SDG Wedding Cake”, a three-level representation. The first groups the objectives relating to the protection of the biosphere (15, 14, 6, 13), the second those relating to the functioning of human societies (1, 11, 16, 7, 3, 4, 5, 2) and the third indicates the space of movement for economic actors (8, 9, 10, 12) , whether they are producers, consumers or public regulators, implying that the achievement of the underlying objectives is a conditio sine qua non for the achievement of others as well.

To date, considering Snam’s operational activity, the two main challenges facing the company in the environmental field are:

  • a growing commitment to the fight against climate change and the reduction of energy consumption (SDG 13);
  • the protection of nature and biodiversity (SDG 15).

In addition to these two main issues, Snam also cares about other environmental issues, such as air protection, environmental restoration, and waste and water management, the protection of which contributes to the creation of a more habitable environment minimising the impacts.

Environmental protection is an integral element of company policy and guides investment decisions for all of Snam’s activities. It is clearly evident in the corporate strategy that combines environmental and economic development with an emphasis on regional issues.

In particular, Snam complies with national and EU environmental legislation under the direction of a specific centralised department that provides specialised consultancy to all Snam subsidiaries/operating units, drafting support documents for the appropriate management of individual environmental issues and, in collaboration with the unit concerned, organises specific training events.


Environmental footprint by business segment (%)


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29 April 2021 - 09:26 CEST