Initiatives included in the Digital Transformation Plan
Projects presented in the first Corporate Intrapreneurship scheme involving Group employees.
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The Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) programme of the A2A Group was created in 2019 to promote the Group's innovation through investments in early stage start-ups operating in strategic businesses in line with the Group's Business Plan.
The CVC programme's budget to date amounts to approximately 40 million euro divided into funds from different managers including 360 Capital, Eureka! Venture SGR, CDP Venture Capital – Fondo Nazionale Innovazione.
With 360 Capital, a dedicated fund named "A+360" was set up (with A2A as sole investor - limited partner) with which eight investments in startups at European level have been made to date (new battery based on the thermodynamic cycle and the use of carbon dioxide; digitalization and automation of waste cycle processes; energy trading as a service (TaaS) platform equipped with advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, which aims to promote energy transition and make electricity grids more flexible; computer vision-based solution for the inspection of wastewater networks; plug-and-play photovoltaic panel kit for the self-generation of electricity in residential settings; software for the digitalization of maintenance processes in large production facilities; a technology for the removal of heavy and precious metals
from industrial wastewater; sustainable flow cell battery for large-scale stationary energy storage applications through the utilization of petrochemical industry by-products).
The Corporate Intrapreneurship initiative Call For Ideas, which started in 2021 with over 3,000 participants, 540 ideas and eight finalist teams, continued in 2022. Its success led to the Group launching its second Corporate Intrapreneurship initiative in 2022, aimed at all Group employees: the "Call For Sustainability".
It was entirely dedicated to the challenges of the "Climate Tech" world, to stimulate the generation of valuable ideas by colleagues on topics related to the energy transition and the circular economy while
supporting the corporate entrepreneurship process. The first place team in the Call for Sustainability participated in a real "Tech Mission" in Israel, in order to discover the Israeli innovation ecosystem and interact with local start-ups and Incubators.
In 2022, the Group launched a series of research projects focused on the identification and development of technologies for the capture, storage and utilization of the carbon dioxide emitted by its plants, to achieve the challenging goals of reducing climate-changing emissions. The various projects currently underway include:
In 2022 the Group continued to develop A2A brand awareness and recognizability through the "one brand"
strategy, launched with the repositioning to Life Company, in which the A2A Life Company motherbrand guides the communication of all the A2A Group companies in the matrix and becomes an important endorsement in all the other companies.
Thanks to this strategy, brand awareness at national level was 52.5% in December 2022, up 6.4% compared to 2021 and an impressive 14.5 points compared to 2020.