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Environmental provisions and compensations relating to new Hera plants

Expansion of the waste-to-energy plant in Ferrara
Memorandum of Understanding between the Province of Ferrara, Municipality of Ferrara, North-West District, Hera (then Agea) of 25 June 2003
Integrated Environmental Authorization of the Ferrara Province of 11 March 2008, Ref. 21823
Commissioning of only two new lines and decommissioning of Line 1.Line 1 was decommissioned in January 2009 and only the 2 new lines are operational.
Monitoring of the environmental impact of the waste-to-energy plant through specific analyses of the air and ground and bio monitoring. In particular, heavy metals, dioxins and furans, IPA, PCB and fine dust will be searched for in the points that are most influenced by the emissions of the plant (defined through a model on the basis of the meteorological conditions of the site).Three new measuring sets were installed; air quality monitoring was started in September 2010. Studies pertaining to soil analysis and mutagenesis were also started: surveys into humid depositions and biomonitoring launched. The details of the activities were defined by ARPA, Ausl and the Ferrara Province in a specific Environmental and Health Monitoring Protocol, based on a technical procedure proposed by the CNR (National Research Council) of Rome, which handles the scientific coordination of the activities.
Continuous mercury monitoring systemCompleted
Continuous emissions sampling system for analysis, over the long term (up to 30 days) of micro pollutants emitted (dioxins and furans)Completed
Establishment of an RAB to facilitate communication between the company and the citizens residing in the area surrounding the plant.Completed
Building of a 6 hectare wooded areaCompleted
Extension of district heating to the outlying areas of Cassana, Mezzana, Porotto and Arginone, with a discount of 25% on the connection price.Completed the 2 connections that were being activated at the end of 2009. In 2010, 4 more connections to private users were completed with an additional connection in 2011; since 2008, a total of 21 connections have been made.
 
Construction of the new waste-to-energy plant in Forlì
Assessment of the Environmental Impact of the Forlì-Cesena Province no. 323 of 2 September 2004.
Authorisation by the Province of Forlì-Cesena no. 339 of 27 September 2005.
Integrated Environmental Authorization of the Forlì-Cesena Province no. 237 of 29 April 2008 as amended.
DGP screening procedure no. 326 of 21 July 2009
Construction of an 8 hectare wooded area, possibly along the Ronco river.Completed all landscaping work for the 8 wooded hectares, one of which was completed in 2010 and destined to be used as a public park (compliance notice to the Province of Forlì-Cesena on 27 January 2011).
Gradual replacement over time of the type of fuel used for the waste collection vehicles in Forlì, with diesel or gas with a gasoil/biodiesel or methane mixture.A fuel mixed with bio fuel is used on the entire Hera fleet, in compliance with the law that requires producers to use a minimum amount of bio fuel which for 2011 is 4%. There were 67 methane/electric vehicles used by the Forlì-Cesena TOS as at 31 December 2011 (61 methane and 6 LPG) which correspond to 27% of the total (there were 63 in 2010, 57 in 2009, 53 in 2008).
Realization of a noise-reducing barrier for a dwelling near the biological purification plant managed by the Forlì-Cesena TOS.The procedure of rectifying the administrative acts (EIA) was concluded with the confirmation that the construction of the sound absorbing barrier is not necessary.
Planning and implementation of a district heating network for the use of the thermal energy generated by the combustion of waste.The first phase of construction of the TLR network feeding plant was completed and the transfer of heat to the networks (2,894 MWh transferred in 2011) was carried out.
Decommissioning of lines 1 and 2 and operation of line 3 only.Completed
Construction of a monitoring detection device for the quality of the air around the waste-to-energy plant in the area defined by ARPA. The device must be transferred to ARPA in the form of a free of charge loan for use agreement once it is tested.Active since 2009, with continuously monitored parameters (meteorological data, PM10 and PM2.5, NO2, CO and gaseous mercury) and with periodic sampling (heavy metals and micro pollutants on the PM10, ammonia, HF and HCl as gaseous pollutants). In April 2009, a gratuitous loan for use agreement was signed with Arpa. Since July 2009, continuous monitoring data has been published on the Arpa website, which then annually prepares a report with the results of the monitoring work performed. Information on the first report pertains mainly to the efficiency of the instruments.
Realization of two information points with the data of the atmospheric emissions, one at the URP of the Province of Forlì-Cesena and the other at the URP of the Municipality of Forlì.Completed
Installation of a waste conveyor belt from the pre-selection plant to the waste-to-energy plantIn 2010, the authorisation procedures were completed (DGP 77/2010) and the project was developed. Work was started in October 2011, envisaged to finished in 2012.
Construction of an auxiliary aspiration and treatment system for polluted air aspirated from the new waste pit.Completed
 
Construction of new cogeneration plant in Imola
Ministry for the Environment, Protection of Land and Sea, “Environmental Compatibility” Decree no. 142 of 15 February 2006
Agreement between the Municipality of Imola, Hera S.p.A. and Hera Imola-Faenza of 21 December 2006
Integrated Environmental Authorization of the Bologna Province of 11 April 2007, Gen. Ref. 124043
Introduction of TSP (Total Suspended Particles) and PM10 limits of 1 mg/Nmc, sole turbogas plant in Italy.Average value of emissions in 2011: TSP: 0.010 mg/Nmc; PM10: 0.15 mg/Nmc.
Pre-operational environmental monitoring with two new detection devices meeting ARPA specifications.The two new measuring sets have been operational since May 2007; comparison of 2011 data does not show any effect of the operation of the plant on the measured data.
Acoustic monitoring: pre-operational, during construction and with the plant in operation.Monitoring before commissioning and during construction was completed; in 2011, three monitoring cycles were conducted with the plant in operation; the measured noise parameters were within the legal limits.
Planning and development of a sustainable mobility pilot system for the city of Imola.The 20 planned recharging stations were installed and the planned electric vehicles were delivered
Building of a wooded area to function as a barrier between the plant and the Zolino neighbourhoodCompleted.
Creating a green area of one hectare in zones to be identified by the Municipality.The area is currently being acquired by the Municipality; landscaping will now be carried out by Hera.
Introduction of emission limits for nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide of 15 mg/Nmc and 10 mg/Nmc, equal to 1/4 the legal limit.The installed abatement systems guarantee emission levels below the limits. The 2011 average data are 7.701 mg/Nmc of nitrogen oxides and 2.005 mg/Nmc of carbon monoxide.
Introduction of summer and winter water consumption limits.Water consumption was lower than prescribed: 299,154 mc vs. 300,000 authorised.
Providing incentives for the development of district heating and cooling through discounts.Contracts for over 5,700 kW were activated in 2011, in view of discounts for over Euro 230,000.
 
Expansion of the waste-to-energy plant in Rimini
Assessment of the Environmental Impact of the Rimini Province no. 259 of 28 December 2006
Province of Rimini screening no. 200 of 23 October 2007
Rimini Province construction authorisation no. 105 of 13 May 2008
Integrated Environmental Authorisation of the Rimini Province no. 13 of 28 January 2009
Decommissioning of the older Lines 1 and 2 and operation of only Line 3 and the new Line 4.Lines 1 and 2 were decommissioned in July 2008. In June 2010, the new line 4 was started; in September 2010, line 3 was decommissioned.
Lines 3 and 4 with a catalytic system for reduction of nitrogen oxides, with an on-going monitoring system for detecting mercury in the emissions.Line 4 is equipped with the systems prescribed in the design and in the authorisation.
Environmental monitoring of air, soil, and groundwater components and biomonitoring.Active since 1997 through a research contract with University of Bologna, Industrial Chemistry Department. Arpa carried out monitoring before construction of the new line 4. The results of pre-commissioning and post-commissioning studies will make it possible to define a plan for permanently monitoring the area.
Planning and implementation of a district heating network for the use of the thermal energy generated by the combustion of waste.The executive project was presented to the Province of Rimini on 21 December 2009. In 2011, no new activities were carried out, since the development to be served by district heating has been stopped.
Establishment of an information point with the data on the emissions into the atmosphere at the Municipality of Coriano by 30 June 2009.Completed. Relocalisation taking place upon the request of the Municipal Authority of Coriano.
 
Expansion of the waste-to-energy plant in Modena
Assessment of the Environmental Impact of the Modena Province no. 429 of 26 October 2004
Integrated Environmental Authorization of the Modena Province no. 311 of 29 June 2009
Decommissioning of the older Lines 1 and 2 and operation of only Line 3 and the new Line 4.Activities for the final decomissioning of lines 1 and 2 were started in 2011 along with the dismantling of line 3 in view of its revamping. The screening procedures for the amendment of the project for line 3 (introduction of a double-stage fume purification system) concluded positively and the related IEA amendment resolution was issued.
Lines 3 and 4 with a catalytic system for the reduction of nitric oxide, continual monitoring system for mercury, continuous sampling system for analysis over the long term (up to 30 days) of the micro pollutants emitted (dioxins and furans)).Systems active on the new line 4 and scheduled for line 3.
Environmental monitoring.Active since 2004. It prescribes analysis campaigns for TSP, PM10, micro-polluting metals in air, soil testing and analysis of atmospheric depositions and biomonitoring. Every six months, summary and comment reports are prepared on the data obtained from the monitoring work performed.
Planning and implementation of a district heating network for the use of the thermal energy generated by the combustion of waste.Works are nearing completion at the former Cattle Market, an urban recovery area where remote heating will initially be powered with a methane-fuelled thermal plant, to be connected to the waste-to-energy plant at a later time: realisation of the distribution network finished, first connections activated. In November 2011, the co-generation plant for the 3rd PEEP district was opened.