The main community activities

We support the development and promotion of the local areas in which we operate by providing training activities for young people and incentivising the launch of new businesses.

We share our passion and sustainable value with the regions in which we operate, promoting and implementing important activities to support young people and promote culture and innovation in energy sector. Many of our initiatives are focused on the environment, health, social and cultural development, where we act as representatives and promoters for the creation of value in the community.

In 2019, for example, over 10,500 students took part in our initiatives aimed at raising awareness on important issues such as safeguarding the environment and developing renewable energy.

Environment, Health and Social Development

ERG ReGeneration
Challenge

The second edition of the ERG Re-Generation Challenge, the business plan competition created to provide students, start-ups and companies with the opportunity to develop business initiatives concluded in January 2019.

The second edition was national in scope, focusing particularly on the regions of South and Central Italy, and 120 entrepreneurial projects were submitted. The three best ideas were awarded a sum of money to help develop their projects.
 
Vai
col
Vento!

Now in its sixth year, the environmental education project "Vai col Vento!" (Go with the wind!) is dedicated to third-year middle school pupils in the municipalities that host our wind farms. The project has been sponsored by the Italian Ministry of the Environment since its launch and - as of 2016 - also by the Carabinieri police.

The 2019 edition involved around 1,800 students from the Regions Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata, Campania, Molise, Apulia and Sardinia. The initiative aims to the awareness of students and teachers as to the active role the younger generations can play in safeguarding the environment and developing the culture of sustainability, involving
classroom lessons focused on renewable energy sources, and wind in particular, on environmental topics, climate change and energy efficiency.

The lessons are complemented by guided visits to the wind farms during which our expert technicians illustrate the various phases of developing, managing and running a wind farm right through to the production of electricity.

A tutta acqua!
Dedicated to secondary school students in Umbria, Lazio and Marche where our hydroelectric plants are located, the third edition of environmental education project "A tutta Acqua!", developed in follow-up to "Vai col Vento!" and adopting the same format, was held in the spring of 2019. 
As well as the training sessions and guided tour of the Galleto plant, the children also have the chance to visit the
protected area of the Marmore waterfalls.
 
Progetto Scuola
In 2010 we launched "Progetto Scuola" ("School Project") to support activities in schools of all levels and types in the province of Syracuse. In 2019 we once again supported the Legality Project organised by the provincial headquarters of the Carabinieri of Syracuse through the launch of the competition entitled "Un casco
vale una vita" ("Helmets save Lives") dedicated to third-year middle school pupils.

We also supported the "Icaro 2019" road safety education project organised by Syracuse's provincial Traffic Police division, which involves approximately 2,000 secondary school students.
 
Electricity
Day
This event is dedicated to final-year students of technical schools in the areas where our plants are located, and organised as part of "Progetto Scuola".
The initiative has taken place in the province of Syracuse for 13 years and 2019 marked the fourth consecutive year for the events the towns of Terni, Perugia, Rieti and Viterbo: in November the students visited the Galletto hydroelectric power plant while in Sicily students had the opportunity to visit the combined cycle plant in Melilli
and the control centre of the Carlentini wind farms.
 
A scuola di energia

In 2019 ERG, Legambiente and ARPA Umbria signed a Memorandum of Understanding which led to the launch of the "A scuola di Energua" (Learning about Energy) project.
260 first grade secondary school students took part  in the initiative with the
aim of raising awareness about renewable energy and its positive impact on the environment.


KinderWind
 

In 2019 we launched our first environmental education project outside Italy, organising a day dedicated to wind energy at the Tristan L'Hermite School of La Souterraine, France.

The initiative was structured around a workshop during which the students built small wind turbines able to generate electricity using recycled materials. The activity aimed to encourage the students to engage on the topic of wind energy, using a practical approach to stimulate their creativity, promote collaboration and develop critical thought. After the workshop, students visiting a wind farm "in action", where they met with our technicians who explained how it works and explored the logics that dictate their location in the region.

The students responded with high levels of engagement, confirming their interest in learning about the plant and its value for the surrounding region.

Mus-e Onlus
Foundation

We support the MUS-E Onlus Foundation, which organises projects aimed at primary schools with an elevated presence of immigrant children or those from difficult socio-family situations so as to involve pupils in creative art initiatives to promote school integration.

Amici Ospedale
Gaslini di Genova

We became "Friends" of G. Gaslini Hospital in Genoa where thousands of children from all over Italy and the world are hospitalised each year, aiming to spread the word through our digital "get well soon" card. The association helps to raise money for the hospital to fund special projects and technological development, and a fundraising platform has been created.

Flying Angels association
Non-Profit
Foundation

We support the Flying Angels association that, in partnership with a scientific committee and local organisations, helps to transport promptly children who need urgent medical treatment to hospital. By buying Flying Angels Christmas baubles, in December we helped to pay for the flights of two children from under-developed nations to the Gaslini hospital for life-saving treatment.
 
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 recognising the many species. A tower was also built to watch the birds.

 

Culture and Knowledge

Umbria Jazz
Foundation

We support the Umbria Jazz Foundation which organises the "Umbria Jazz" Festival in July in Perugia: during the musical festival the main square in the town was renamed "ERG Square". We also contributed to the organisation of Umbria Jazz Spring, held in Terni.

INDA
Foundation

We support the Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA, National Institute of Ancient Drama) Foundation which since 1914 has been organising and staging festivals of classical works at the Greek Theatre of Syracuse and promoting the classical culture in Italy and throughout the world.

Science
Festival

In November ERG took part in the seventeenth edition of the Science Festival, which was held in Genoa between 24 October and 4 November. The ERG stand at the portico of the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) welcomed over 6,000 visitors who, thanks to VR headsets, were able to take a virtual journey through the wonderful regions in which we operate.

Communications 
Festival

In 2019 we supported the Communications Festival in Camogli (12-15 September). The main theme of the 2019 event was "Civility", explored though a series of conferences, forums, round tables, interviews, workshops and shows that looked at social, economic, political, financial and scientific aspects.

CSR IS -
Sustainability
and Social
Innovation Expo

 Spreading the culture of Sustainability is very important to us: this is why we support the "CSR IS – Sustainability and Social Innovation Expo". In 2019 the theme of the event was "the regions of sustainability". We attended the stage held in Genoa in May and the final nation-wide event in October at the Università Bocconi in Milan. An important initiative not only for showcasing our best practices for Corporate Social Responsibility but also for stimulating networking among some of the most important CSR players.

TEDx Genoa
We sponsored the TEDx Genoa "X kind of Magic" event held in February at the Magazzini del Cotone (Cotton Warehouses) of Porto Antico. TEDx (Technology Entertainment Design) is a non-profit organisation founded in California in 1984 which aims to raise awareness of ideas of value.
 
Convegno Giovani Confindustria
We sponsored the annual Convegno Giovani (Youth Conference) Confindustria held in Rapallo (GE) in June. In the conference's forty-ninth year, the topic for 2019 was "Global: The Economy of Connections".
 
Boot Camp
We supported the eighth edition of the "Boot Camp", an educational event provided to the members of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of the Genoa Confindustria. A mix of theory and practice to develop useful skills for tackling the difficult context that Italian companies currently operate in.
 
 Mulino Netti 

ERG donated a precious piece of local history to Narni: Mulino Netti. Inside his family-owned watermill, the young Aldo Netti began to experiment with a machine connected to the buckets of the water wheel and succeeded in the "miracle" of generating enough electricity to power the lights of the town of Narni. Inside the old building, the Municipality of Narni will create an environmental documentation and learning hub as part of the project to enhance the gorges and valley of the River Nera.

Fra' Sole - Assisi
historic monument

ERG supports the Assisi historic monument through the "Fra' Sole" project, which aims to implement a series of targeted actions to improve the Convent's sustainability. ERG provides green energy to the Sacred Convent of Saint Francis as well as support for other activities.
 
CIVITA
We are members of CIVITA, an association that promotes and manages Italy's cultural heritage and protects, promotes and increases the accessibility of its artistic heritage also by organising exhibitions, movie screenings and European projects.
 

Young People and Sports

 
Torneo Ravano 

In 2018 we were once again the main sponsors of the "35th Torneo Ravano – 26th Coppa Mantovani",
the biggest school sports tournament in Europe.
Held at Fiera di Genova, Genoa's exhibition district, the event was attended by over 6,000 primary school children (3rd, 4th, and 5th classes) from schools in Ligura, Lower Piedmont and the province of Siena who participated in 12 different sports (boys' and girls' football, rugby, volleyball, basketball, cycling, fencing, athletics, sailing,
rowing, water polo and, for the first time, tennis), all of which played strictly in teams.

The "Archimede
and Electra"
Trophy 


In 2019, the 27th edition of the "Trofeo Archimede ed Elettra" was held: this event is the traditional school sports competition in the Province of Syracuse. Held at the "Riccardo Garrone" ERG Sports Centre in Syracuse, the event involved over 1,000 students from 22 primary and fist grade secondary schools in Syracuse and the
surrounding 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. In 2018 ERG contributed
to redesigning the historic basketball court in the Regina Pacis district of Rieti.
 
Stelle nello Sport

In our role as Gold Sponsor, we took part in the 20th edition of "Stelle nello Sport" (Sports Stars), a project designed to promote the values of sports among an increasingly large sector of the population in Liguria, focusing particularly on young people and schools and with an emphasis on lower-profile sports, support for Paralympic sports and fundraising for the Gigi Ghirotti Association of Genoa and the Fondazione Areo non-profit organisation.

AON Open Challenger - Giorgio Messina Memorial
In September we sponsored the 16th edition of AON Open Challenger - Giorgio Messina Memorial. Held in Genoa, the event is the second biggest tennis tournament in Italy after the International Italian Open.
 
Piediluco
Rowing Club

For the second consecutive year ERG organised the recreational summer camp for children of employees at the Terni Hydroelectric Complex. Through the project, which aims to offer school-age children opportunities for personal enhancement and positive transformation, the participants spend four weeks in direct contact with nature, learning about the environment and how to promote self-awareness and real
changes in behaviour with regard to their surrounding environment.
 
SAFE Cup 2019
We participated in the XV Edition of the SAFE Cup - The Energy Tournament - promoted by SAFE, an organization with which ERG collaborates in the context of the Master in Energy Resource Management. The teams representing the main institutions and companies in the energy and environment sector competed in five-a-side football and beach volleyball competitions.
 

Centro
Sportivo ERG
Siracusa

The "Riccardo Garrone" ERG Sports Centre in Syracuse was subject to a series
of renovation works beginning in 2007. It is now an important sports centre that
supports the community and the region, with a strong emphasis on young people.