Energy consumption, almost 60% of which consists of electricity, is the main cause of our greenhouse gas emissions.
For this reason, in 2016 we continued to develop new projects and launched further actions to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings, both at Group level and at the level of individual countries. In general, we make as much use as possible of energy saving lighting and heating/cooling technologies such as energy saving light-emitting diodes, building envelopes and insulation and thermal doors, ceiling, under-floor or direct expansion (heat pumps) heating/cooling systems, movement sensors or clocks/timers for controlling the switching on and off of the systems.
A new Group project was launched, called New Way of Working (NWW), aimed at making the way we work more simple, smart and effective every day. The project involves the extensive use of cooperation and communication tools, based on new technologies and integrated devices, while the offices are redesigned to become more appealing and to encourage employees to share spaces and equipment. We are creating a working environment where physical location becomes less and less relevant and employees carry out the greater part of their work digitally.
In doing so, NWW also intends to limit the impact on the environment by optimising the management of spaces and choosing furnishings made from environmentally friendly materials, as well as encouraging all employees to be aware of their actions and of the impact of their behaviour.
Some of the most important initiatives of 2016 are listed below:
over 771 thousand GJ of energy (-5.6% compared to 2013)
GJ 21.1 of energy per capita
The second engine of the trigeneration plant of Mogliano Veneto became fully operational for the self-generation of power, heating and cooling. This means that energy demands are almost entirely covered by the plant, with considerable savings in terms of consumption and supply costs.
The climate monitoring system MeteoViva® was implemented in the offices of Cologne. This mathematical model integrates the factors that influence internal temperature: weather conditions, weather forecasts for the following days, characteristics of the building and plant technology. Daily heating and cooling are thus optimised, avoiding the waste of energy due to changing climate conditions.
The operating businesses in the Canton of Zurich which consume heat and electricity in quantities exceeding defined thresholds must sign an agreement with the Government Office for the transparent management of energy, water, waste and air quality, setting a goal of improving energy efficiency.
Over the past 10 years, thanks to work on plants and on building characteristics, Generali has been able to significantly exceed the target that had been set, reporting a 45.3% increase in energy efficiency. Following this result, a new agreement was signed up to 2024 which provides for a further 8% increase in energy efficiency.