There is a common thread that starts from an experience in the circular economy and sustainability, with Hera’s recycling of waste and biogas, and leads to the great gas game that Europe is playing and the role of Snam: is the profile of Stefano Venier, the manager chosen by Mario Draghi to lead the energy infrastructure company in place of Marco Alverà. Friulano, 59, Venier has profoundly transformed Hera in the last seven years. It was a utility like many others, controlled by about fifty municipalities in Emilia-Romagna, today it is a trans-regional reality, after territorial expansion in Friuli, Veneto and Marche. Above all, it is a recognized excellence for the standards achieved in various fields, starting with separate collection and waste recovery, with considerable economic results. Hera closed the first quarter of 2022 with revenues more than doubled on an annual basis, to € 5.312 billion (+ 133.8%). Arriving in 2014, Venier left the company with a capitalization of € 5.8 billion and over 9,000 employees. The numbers say enough but the work done over the years is finding consistency in a series of steps forward and awards. A new laboratory has recently been inaugurated in Ravenna, and can represent a strategic development lever for the entire sector: cutting-edge technologies for the analysis of solid waste, sludge, organic micropollutants and atmospheric emissions, 550 analyzes per day and 1.5 million per year, 2,800 square meters with dozens of highly specialized professionals at work. In the meantime, the Hera Group continues to maintain first place in the Integrated Governance Index. This is the main index that measures the integration of ESG factors in corporate governance and managed by ETicaNews. Hera Luce has become a benefit company. The subsidiary is among the first public lighting companies in Italy to include a commitment to produce benefits for its stakeholders in its bylaws. Now, at the helm of Snam, Venier will have to transfer his skills in a challenge concerning the country’s energy survival. Snam is one of the companies called to contribute to the creation of a common European energy policy. Starting from a fundamental mission. It will participate in a consortium of operators to manage common stockpiles. With gas supplies from Russia coming in fits and starts, and the rush to alternative sources of supply, this is a vital task. As are the purchases of regasification vessels. Snam purchased the Golar Tundra, a ship that can transport and process liquefied gas, for 330 million. It has a capacity of 5 billion cubic meters and will be able to replace 13% of imports from Moscow and should be operational by the spring of 2023. It should be anchored off one of the ports that are connected to the local network, one thinks of Ravenna or Piombino, and a gas pipeline must be built to the mainland. Another ship will also arrive soon, as foreseen by the government plan. Then, there are the structural solutions. And Snam is committed to verifying the feasibility of a 714 kilometer long submarine pipeline that from the Barcelona plant should bring 15 to 30 million cubic meters of gas per year to Livorno, an amount equivalent to that imported every year in Italy. from Russia.We need ideas, projects, and also a great attention to sustainability. To build, even in the emergency, solutions that make it possible to solve the problem of dependence on Russian gas without compromising the ecological transition.
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