The main community activities

Culture and Knowledge

Vai col Vento!

The third edition of the environmental education project "Vai col Vento" took place from March to May. It was promoted by ERG and involved students of the third year of middle school in the municipalities where our wind farms are located. Since its first edition, this project has been sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment and by the Carabinieri police since 2016. It involved 1,500 students from the Regions Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata, Campania, Molise, Apulia and Sardinia. Classroom lectures were held on renewable energy sources, wind in particular, on environment topics, climate change and energy efficiency. After the lectures, the students were taken on guided tours of wind farms, where our technicians explained how wind farms are built, managed and operated and how they generate electricity.

Progetto Scuola


Starting in 2010, we created the "Progetto Scuola", to support activities within schools of all levels in the province of Siracusa. In 2016, in particular, we supported the "Progetto Legalità", organised by Siracusa's provincial Carabinieri division, through the competition entitled "Un casco vale una vita" for thirdyear secondary school pupils. We also supported the "Icaro 2016" road safety education project, organised by Siracusa's provincial Traffic Police division, which involved approximately 2,000 secondary school students.

Electricity
Day

In the framework of "Progetto Scuola", we organised the "Giornata dell'Energia Elettrica" (Electricity Day). This event involved the last-year students from the technical schools of the areas where our plants are located. We have held this event several times in Siracusa and, in 2016, also in Terni and Viterbo. In November, over 150 students from four different technical schools visited the Galleto hydroelectric power plant. Other students from Siracusa, Augusta, Palazzolo and Carlentini were offered a visit to ERG Power's combined-cycle power plant in Melilli and to ERG Renew's Carlentini control centre. Our managers and engineers explained the technical characteristics of these two plants to the students, while pointing out the importance for ERG of the energy efficiency and sustainability of the production.
 
ERG ReGeneration Challenge

Last October, we launched the first edition of the ERG Re-Generation Challenge. This business plan competition was created to provide students, startuppers and companies with the opportunity to develop business initiatives in the area around Terni. The project was a part of the "Terni Urban Re-Generation" initiative, developed by the Terni municipality for the redevelopment of the urban area. It is divided into three phases: project selection, training, awarding. Project selection is carried out by a team of experts, who drive their "Barcamper" mobile office to the city where the initiative is being held: Terni, Perugia, Macerata, Viterbo and Rieti. During the first phase, 40 start-ups are selected and attend a twodaytraining course; after this, 20 initiatives are selected to attend a one-week workshop. The three best ideas are awarded a sum of money which they can use to develop their projects.

The Oasis
of Alviano

The WWF has been taken care of the Oasis of Alviano since its establishment, in 1990, and contributes to the maintenance of the environment and to better reception facilities.
An Environmental Education Centre is located inside the park, which also includes seven bird-watching hides equipped with noticeboards and explanatory panels to help visitors recognise the many species. A tower was also built to help visitors watch the birds.

Umbria Jazz Assist

We supported the "Umbria Jazz Assist" initiative, organised by the "Fondazione Umbria Jazz" in cooperation with the Umbria Region. In September and October, two concerts took place and all the money collected was donated to the people affected by the earthquake in the Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions.

Fondazione Gaslini e Fondazione Flying Angels
 
We support the Istituto G. Gaslini in Genoa - a centre of excellence for the treatment of childhood diseases at international level - and the Fondazione Mus-E Onlus, which organises projects for primary school children from sociallydepressed areas to involve pupils in art creation initiatives for school integration.
 

 

Culture and knowledge

CSR IS

Spreading the culture of Sustainability is very important to us: this is why we support the "CSR IS – Sustainability and Social Innovation Expo", whose key words for the 2016 edition were "Change, cohesion, competitiveness". We attended the edition held in Genoa and the final nation-wide event at the Università Bocconi in Milan. This initiative was significant not only to showcase our best practices for Corporate Social Responsibility, but also to stimulate networking among some of the most important CSR players.

Explora
and the Museum
for Children

In 2016, we once again cooperated with Explora and the Museum for Children in Rome providing the "Watch out for the wind!" exhibit on wind energy. Our goal was to help children understand one of the most important and widespread renewable sources developed in Italy, and help them discover what wind energy is, in a playful experience.

Communications
Festival

We supported the third edition of the "Communications Festival", held in Camogli
in September.

Boot Camp

We supported the fifth edition of the "Boot Camp", an education event provided to the members of the young Entrepreneurs Group of the Genoa Confindustria.
Theory and practice merge to create useful skills to tackle the difficult scenario that Italian companies are currently operating in.

Light shows at
Siracusa's stone
quarries

We supported the initiative of Siracusa's Cultural Heritage Agency called "Un Paradiso da riscoprire", which opened the Archaeological Park of Siracusa's neapolis to night visits, installing a light show system. It is one of the most inspiring locations of the city's cultural and natural heritage.
 

INDA
Foundation

We support the Istituto nazionale del Dramma Antico (InDA, national Institute of Ancient Drama) foundation, which has been organizing and staging festivals of classical works at the Greek Theatre of Siracusa since 1914, and which promotes classical culture in Italy and throughout the world.

CIVITA

We are members of CIVITA, an association that promotes and manages Italy's cultural heritage and which protects, promotes and uses its artistic assets also by organising shows, movie screenings and European projects.

Young People and Sports

Torneo Ravano 

Again in 2016, we sponsored the "32° Torneo Ravano – 23° Coppa Mantovani", the most important school tournament in Europe. This event took place at the Fiera di Genova fairgrounds and included football, rugby, volleyball and basketball matches and a new event: team cycling races.
This record edition involved over 5,000 children, who played and, above all, had fun during this 10-day sports event.

The "Archimede
and Electra"
Trophy 


In 2016, the 25th edition of the "Trofeo Archimede ed Elettra" was held: this event is the traditional school sports competition in the Province of Siracusa. The venue for the event was the "Riccardo Garrone" ERG Sports Centre in Siracusa. 800 students were involved, from different schools in Siracusa and its Province.
 
NPC Cares
In 2016, we became partners of "NPC Rieti Pallacanestro" to support the "NPC Cares" project: this initiative was created by the Rieti-based sports team to support the healthy mental and physical development of young people through sports and the success stories of well-known champions.
 
Stelle nello Sport


In our role as Gold Sponsor, we took part in the 17th edition of "Stelle nello Sport" - a project designed to promote the values of sports in a broader sector of the population in the Liguria Region, particularly focusing on young people and students and on to the least-known sports, the support paralympic sports and fundraising for the Gigi Ghirotti Association in Genoa and the Fondazione Areo non-profit organisation.

Centro
Sportivo ERG
Siracusa

Renovation work at ERG's "Riccardo Garrone" Sports Centre in Siracusa started in 2007. It has now become an important sports centre that supports the community and the region, with a strong emphasis on young people.