Atlantia's transformation path
Last updated: 5 May 2022
The latest initiatives are:
- Climate change - At the last Investor Day held in March 2022, the holding company announced a highly responsible sustainability commitment that no Italian company has ever previously made. The Group's Climate Action Plan (CAP), including an ambition to achieve net zero direct C02 emissions by 2040, was presented and submitted for a non-binding vote at the Annual General Meeting held at the end of April 2022 (SOURCE) which was approved with 98.2% of the votes. The CAP marks further confirmation of the Group’s commitment to sustainable success, by embedding sustainability in its business.
- WeEconomy - The Annual General Meeting was asked to adopt a share incentive scheme with the aim of encouraging employees to hold shares in the Company on a formalised, long-term basis, in recognition of their leading role in driving performance, giving them a stake in the value creation process and strengthening their sense of belonging.
- Management changes - Resignation of Atlantia's previous CEO in September 2019 (SOURCE - Italian-only) and appointment of a new CEO in January 2020 (SOURCE - Italian-only); 80% of Atlantia's senior management was changed between March 2020 and July 2021 (SOURCE).
- Clear allocation of responsibilities - In 2020, all "dual roles" at Atlantia and its subsidiaries were eliminated, and autonomous organisational structures were created at subsidiary level (Finance and Administration, Internal Audit, Risk Management, Sustainability) (SOURCE).
- Enhanced governance procedures - improvement of the governance system to make it fully compliant with the Italian Corporate Governance Code issued by Borsa Italiana (SOURCE). Since 2020, a new set of policies has been adopted, including revised terms of reference for the Board of Directors and Board Committees, a new remuneration policy (supported by over 98% of shareholders via a binding vote) (SOURCE), diversity and inclusion guidelines (SOURCE), a new responsible investment policy (SOURCE), a new sustainability plan with metrics and targets embedded in the value creation process and fully disclosed to the market, and a renewed code of ethics (SOURCE) and responsible lobbying policy (SOURCE).
- Risk management embedded in business processes - Since 2020, this has involved adoption by the main operating companies of a new Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) model, appointment of a new Risk Officer reporting directly to Atlantia's CEO, and establishment of risk management functions in the main operating companies and internal board risk committees to oversee the smooth running of internal control systems (SOURCE and SOURCE). Moreover, risk management metrics linked to variable remuneration schemes have been adopted to further strengthen the risk culture within the organisation.
- Greater transparency regarding performance - Since March 2020, traffic data has been reported on a weekly basis in order to provide all stakeholders with timely, detailed information on the traffic performance of all the Group’s operations worldwide during the pandemic. In addition, information on full-year traffic performance (motorways and airports), revenue and operating cash flow has been provided since the 2020 financial statements and updated on a quarterly basis. From January 2022, monthly traffic data will be published on a monthly basis.
- Integrity and ethics - Ethical rules of conduct and internal policies to monitor possible violations of laws, the code of ethics and other Company policies adopted in 2020 have been revised.
- Enhanced oversight - Since 2020, a new whistleblowing policy and committee, and a whistleblowing mechanism for Atlantia and its subsidiaries, have been adopted (SOURCE).
- Integrity and external audits - Since 2019, KPMG Advisory SpA - Forensic Services - and Ramboll Denmark A/S, a leading global engineering company with a proven track record in asset management and the operation and maintenance of large infrastructure projects, have been appointed to conduct an independent audit to check that internal procedures are correctly implemented by the subsidiaries and employees concerned. Moreover, SGS Italia SpA, a subsidiary of SGS SA, a world leader in inspection, verification, analysis and certification in major industrial sectors, was commissioned to carry out an assessment of the quality and fitness for purpose of its methodological framework and procedural systems. Atlantia closely followed the outcomes of the audit, which were made available to the investigating authorities.
- Walking the ESG talk - The first group-wide ESG plan, with metrics and targets integrated into the value creation process, was adopted by the Board in February 2021 and has been fully disclosed to the market (SOURCE). A Board Committee to monitor ESG issues was set up in early 2021 and each subsidiary has drawn up medium- and long-term plans aligned with Atlantia's social and environmental ambitions, which are being disclosed to the market (see an example here: SOURCE - Italian-only). Atlantia's ESG ratings from major agencies, such as MSCI, Sustainalytics, Moody's, Refinitiv, Bloomberg and FTSE4Good, have been regularly upgraded (SOURCE) in recognition of the improved track record. Atlantia believes that proactive management of ESG issues and the related risks makes the Company more resilient, which we also expect will have a positive impact on Atlantia's credit risk. Recent examples of Atlantia's ESG track record include: accreditation of the five airports for their 2030 carbon neutrality roadmap (only 12 of the world's airports have received certification to date) (SOURCE); adoption of a responsible investment policy that sets out its approach to deploying capital to generate value for shareholders and other stakeholders (SOURCE); and the recent launch of a give-back programme via which the holding company's employees are invited to systematically devote 10 days of their paid working time each year to voluntary initiatives benefitting the community (SOURCE - Italian-only) - this is the first programme on this scale to be adopted by an Italian company; the development of a group-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP) with direct and indirect GHG emission reduction targets (source)
In October 2021, the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility (the “MIMS”) signed an agreement with ASPI regarding works in Liguria amounting to €3.4 billion, to be carried out entirely at the company's expense (SOURCE – ITALIAN-ONLY). Subsequently, in March 2022, after the green light given by the Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning and Sustainable Development (CIPESS) to the agreement with the Government, the Court of Auditors approved the sale.
On 30 March 2022, the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance signed the decree marking approval of the Addendum to the Single Concession Arrangement (SOURCE).
Following re-submission to the Court of Auditors for registration, on 5 May 2022 the transaction was completed (SOURCE).
In the period 2019-2022, Autostrade per l'Italia underwent a radical, ongoing process of transformation, affecting all areas of business and especially the way infrastructure is monitored, managed and maintained. Since December 2019, the motorway operator has completely overhauled its network surveillance systems. These activities were entrusted to Bureau Veritas, Proger, Tecno Piemonte and Tecnolab - specialist independent assessors of international standing - via a European public tender. Since February 2020, highly advanced tunnel monitoring and surveillance standards have also been introduced, borrowing best practices from the French government's CETU (Le Centre d'Etudes des Tunnels). In general, the innovations ASPI has introduced regarding the surveillance and maintenance of infrastructure (bridges, viaducts and tunnels) have contributed to an overall improvement in the safety of the entire motorway sector, as they have been incorporated - and further improved - in the industry's technical regulations (SOURCE ITALIAN-ONLY ). ASPI's new Financial Plan, which has been approved by the Government, sets aside €7 billion for the maintenance and upgrade of network infrastructure until the end of the concession. Most of the motorway operator's management has been changed. Twenty-three of the 31 former ASPI employees under investigation in the Morandi road bridge case have been dismissed for violating the company's ethical rules, while the remaining eight employees have been reassigned to other positions within the motorway group. A new team of technical professionals with experience at large international companies has also been hired. In Liguria, ASPI has substantially compensated for all the direct damage caused in advance, with due and particular attention paid to victims' families (SOURCE ITALIAN-ONLY answer to question no. 4). As part of a settlement agreement reached with the Government, ASPI has allocated €3.4 billion to be used for infrastructure development and mobility services in Genoa and the Liguria region, as confirmed by a ministerial decree issued by the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility on 30 March 2022. ASPI has also submitted a plea bargain request to the ongoing Morandi road bridge proceedings in Genoa, which has been accepted by the investigating authority, with regard to administrative liability under Legislative Decree 231. Finally, implementation of the new business plan also commits the company to the technological development of sustainable mobility services, including, for example, electrification of the motorway network in accordance with EU regulations.
Autostrade per l'Italia was sold to the consortium composed by CDP (51%), Blackstone (24.5%) and Macquarie (24.5%) on May 5 2022.
Facts and figures regarding the main activities
- More than 19,000 inspections of bridges, viaducts and tunnels were carried out in one year, bringing the resources allocated to maintenance to more than €680 million in 2020, and around €800 million in 2021. This monitoring was carried out in accordance with engineering techniques and new standards, which were subsequently redefined and issued at sector level by the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility, partly thanks to ASPI's participation in the technical working groups set up to revise the infrastructure safety guidelines.
- Adoption of a new infrastructure monitoring system, based on artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. The new monitoring platform, developed by Movyon, IBM and Fincantieri NexTech, relies on IBM's artificial intelligence and the use of drones, IoT and 3D digital modelling by Fincantieri NexTech. This radical innovation of the surveillance and monitoring of over 4,500 infrastructure assets across ASPI's motorway network greatly increases the efficiency and transparency of these processes.
- A new organisational set-up involving the transformation or creation of new subsidiaries (Tecne, Free To X, Amplia, Movyon, Elgea) closely oversees individual aspects of the business plan.
- Substantial investment has been made in sustainable mobility, including the installation of rapid charging stations for electric vehicles (Free To X) and an increase in renewable energy production (Elgea), as well as in technological innovation, to provide digital services to road users and enhance the safety and comfort of travel (Free To X).
- A major recruitment drive which, over the next three years, will lead to the hire of more than 2,900 engineers, technicians and researchers.
5 November 2021 - Integrity - Autostrade per l'Italia and Sant’Anna School of advanced studies in Pisa work together on a new compliance model press release (italian-only)
18 March 2021 - Innovation: Movyon, the leading technology company for new forms of motorway and urban mobility, set up press release (Italian-only)
21 January 2021 - Presentation of the Business Plan press release (Italian-only)
21 January 2021 - Autostrade per l'Italia's investment and maintenance plan is up and running. the company's transformation into an integrated mobility operator begins press release (Italian-only)
16 January 2020 - The board approves the guidelines for the 2020-2023 strategic plan that will transform the company press release (Italian-only)
2 December 2019 - ASPI - infrastructure surveillance entrusted to a temporary consortium comprising leading, highly specialised companies: Proger SpA, Bureau Veritas Nexta, Tecno Piemonte, Tecno Lab press release (Italian-only)
30 January 2019 – General Meeting of shareholders press release (Italian-only)
18 January 2022 - Autostrade per l’Italia: €1.5 billion green bypass project launched press release (Italian-only)
14 September 2021 - Autostrade per l’Italia: motorway toll cashback scheme launched press release (Italian-Only)
2 July 2021 - Autostrade per l’Italia, Tecne and Federico II University in Naples: selection application platform for the San Giovanni a Teduccio "Si Academy" goes online press release (Italian-only)
18 March 2021 - Innovation: Movyon, the leading technology company for new forms of motorway and urban mobility, set up press release (Italian-only)
30 November 2020 - Autostrade per l’Italia: €67.5 million allocated over the next five years for surveillance of 4,500 network infrastructure assets press release (Italian-only)
24 November 2020 - Autostrade Tech, IBM and Fincantieri Nextech: Autostrade per l'Italia's new infrastructure monitoring system based on artificial intelligence and the internet of things is up and running press release (Italian-only)
12 May 2020 - Autostrade per l’Italia: new consortium of specialist companies completes first quarter of bridge and viaduct inspections press release (italian-only)
30 March 2022 - The third addendum and the settlement agreement of 14 October 2021 take effect press release (italian-only)
17 March 2022 - Court of Auditors confirms legal basis for agreement between MIMS and ASPI press release (Italian-only)
15 October 2021 - ASPI: agreement signed regarding €3.4 billion of public works to be carried out by the company, as well as €13.6 billion of investment in the Motorway Network press release (Italian-only)
8 July 2020 - Autostrade per l’Italia: the special commissioner for the construction of the Genoa bridge always given full support press release (Italian-only)
14 July 2020 - A cabinet meeting was held at 10.54pm on tuesday 14 july 2020 at Palazzo Chigi, chaired by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. The secretary was cabinet undersecretary Riccardo Fraccaro press release (Italian-only)
28 April 2020 - 2019 Financial Statements and the group's consolidated Financial Statements approved press release (Italian-only)