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FS Italiane: report and objectives 2030-2050 presented

Sustainability: ten years of important results

Over EUR 55 bn invested to improve infrastructure and services; about 20 million tons of less CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, with the people who chose the train instead of the private car; 18.5 million hours saved for travel times less than 25%, thanks to high speed; EUR 80 bn distributed to stakeholders  (purchase of goods and services, payment of salaries, remuneration to lenders and payment of taxes and fees).

These are the results of Fs Italiane's commitment in the 2008-2018 decade to implement an integrated mobility project capable of contributing to the development, connectivity and sustainability of the country's transport system. A ten-year journey aimed at the future to promote and support sustainable development in Italy.

This commitment continues with the definition of three long-term objectives (2030-2050): modal shift increase for passengers and goods towards sustainable mobility; increase to the highest levels of safety on the railway, road and motorway network; reduction of CO2 emissions to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane presented today in Rome the ten years of the sustainability report and the 2030-2050 objectives of the Group in front of Danilo Toninelli Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Gianluigi Castelli President of Fs Italiane and Gianfranco Battisti CEO of the Italian Fs.

Starting in 2008, Fs Italiane has increasingly strengthened its commitment to transform shared and collective mobility in Italy, anticipating the challenges of the future and creating long-term value for the country. With this in mind, the 2019-2023 business plan also integrates the principles of social, environmental and economic sustainability with the aim of offering people personalized and quality services. The ten years of the sustainability report coincide with the tenth anniversary of the High Speed system, the most important infrastructural work carried out in Italy from the post-war period together with the A1 Milan-Naples motorway, which radically changed the travel habits of Italians.

Fs Italiane has joined the United Nations Global Compact, of which it shares and supports the fundamental principles on human rights, labor standards, environmental protection, transparency and the fight against corruption. The Group also participates in the achievement of the 17 sustainable development objectives adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, with the 2030 agenda.

The investments made by the Group between 2008 and 2018, in addition to improving services and infrastructure security, served to transform stations into hubs   intermodal, able to meet the growing needs of people. In particular, in terms of security, in 2018 accidents on the national railway network decreased by 75% compared to 2008, with 70% less accidents at work and a lower incidence rate of 50%.

People -passengers and railwaymen- to whom the Italian business plan 2019-2023 of FS dedicates particular attention, they represent the great assets of the Group. Compared to 2008, the general level of satisfaction of passengers grew by 20% also due to the activation of the customer care service dedicated to commuters on board trains and at stations. Fs Italiane is also constantly committed to enhancing its employees, investing in professional training: in 2018 over 570 thousand hours of training were provided and the smart-working was introduced, launched in the experimental phase in 2017.

The tools of sustainable finance have also been used successfully. Fs Italiane was the first railway operator in Europe to issue green bonds for the purchase of new high energy efficiency trains with recyclability rates of over 90%.

The commitment of the Fs Italiane Group to sustainability is projected to the future. Since 2013, the Group has involved stakeholders to define proposals for improvement from the point of view of social, economic and environmental responsibility. The Panel promoted in 2018 by the Sustainability Committee of Fs Italiane has seen the involvement of key stakeholders who have concretely contributed to defining the Group's three 2030-2050 objectives on sustainable mobility, energy and emissions, safety. Furthermore, for the first time this year the Group has adopted a sustainability policy to guide the activities of all companies.

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