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Disputes and litigation

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Opposition to the construction of new lines

Safeguarding legality and preventing corruption

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For Terna, the prevention of corruption is a strategic activity which meshes with the Internal Control Systems. Legality and honesty are two of the general principles on which the Code of Ethics and the conduct of the Company’s business are based.

Terna’s strategy in this regard focuses on three major areas:

Biodiversity

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Sorgente - Rizziconi line: monitoring of migratory flows of birdlife for optimal planning of decommissioning 

Last year we published news of the experimental use of radar to monitor the passage of birdlife near the Strait of Messina, an area heavily crossed by migratory routes. The study made it possible to exclude significant risks for birds in the area where the Sorgente – Rizziconi line is planned to pass.

Consultation

Starting in 2002, Terna opened a new framework for the construction of infrastructure in Italy. Up to that point, discussions with local communities only began, as dictated by law, at the start of the development work authorization stage, when the planning of the infrastructure was already well-defined.

Lines and local communities

The construction of new lines responds to the technical needs of the electricity system – such as removing congestion and eliminating overload risks – and to increase energy production and consumption, which accompanies the economic growth of specific areas, or of the entire country.

The security of the electricity system

Smart Transmission Solutions

One of Terna's main needs is to make the transmission grid dynamic, i.e. capable of evolving rapidly and effectively with respect to scenarios that change quickly and unpredictably.

Internal organization

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With a view to sustainability, the following are of particular significance:

The Balanced Scorecard and incentive schemes

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Monitoring and control of corporate activities makes use of a Balanced Scorecard (BSC) system. This is a control panel of indicators which make it possible to follow, every quarter, the progress status of the operating objectives into which – according to economic and financial, organizational and process, strategic and customer, and innovation and development quadrants – the annual objectives of the Strategic Plan are organized. Inserting sustainability objectives into the BSC system is particularly significant, with a view to sharing the sustainable approach to Terna's business.

231 Organizational Model (pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001)

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In December 2002 Terna's Board of Directors resolved to adopt an Organizational and Management Model that met the requirements of Legislative Decree No. 231 of June 8, 2001, which introduced into Italian Law a system of administrative (and in practice criminal) liability for companies with respect to certain types of offences committed by their directors, managers or employees in the Company's interest or to its benefit. In particular, the law was intended to combat corruption. The possibility, for a company, to be exonerated from liability is conditional on specific actions, including:

The integrated management system

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The activities in the delicate fields of environment and occupational safety, which are crucial to Terna's vision of sustainability, are coordinated and directed in the integrated Quality, Environment and Occupational Safety management system, which has obtained ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. Compliance with these certification requirements testifies to the search for continual improvement, which guarantees consistency with the commitments expressed in the Code of Ethics and in the corporate policies.

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