SOCIETY: our approach

Ternai is an infrastructure company that is strategic for the Italian economy and provides a public utility service. Society – understood in both a general sense as the recipient of Terna’s service and a local sense as the communities more directly affected by projects for developing the transmission grid – is an essential stakeholder.   
The construction of new electric lines does not involve the physical displacement of people or entire communities, but only the use of from about 30 to about 250 square meters of land – usually agricultural land – for every pylon. Even though Terna is authorized by the law (Law n. 1775 of 1933 and Presidential Decree 327/2001 – Consolidation Act on expropriations) to use an expropriation procedure to obtain the land, the Company prefers solutions based on mutual consent, paying a one-off compensation for the line’s right of way through private property (mounting pylons, installing overhead conductors, laying underground cables). In this case, the owner will no longer be able to use the land physically occupied by the pylons, it being understood that in the event the lines are dismantled, the land will again be at his complete disposal.   

The pursuit of a consensual solution fails only in a minority of cases. When that happens, it is necessary to use coercive measures. In the three-year period 2008-2010, Terna constructed about 350 km of electric lines, which entailed obtaining easements from about 9,600 land owners (3,586 in 2010, 3,734 in 2009, and 2,283 in 2008). In 27% of the cases it was necessary to use a coercive easement procedure.  

In keeping with this fair and respectful approach, Terna considers the identification and implementation of social, humanitarian, and cultural initiatives to be an integral part of its mission, as a concrete sign of participation in the civil development of the communities in which it operates.  

As provided for by its Code of Ethicsi, in its relations with institutions and associations, Terna represents its interests in a transparent, meticulous, and consistent manner, while avoiding collusive behavior.