In the second half of 2022, the significant growth in investments will be confirmed, allowing the Group to seize various development opportunities as envisaged in the Business Plan. The latter rests its rationale on three strategic pillars that guide investment choices: ecological transition, territoriality and quality of service. The goals of the green transition are to progressively decarbonise all activities and strengthen leadership in the circular economy. With territoriality, Iren wants to extend its perimeter of activity in the reference territories and be the reference partner for local stakeholders. Finally, with service quality, Iren aims to improve the performance of network services and maximise customer satisfaction in all businesses.
In the second half of 2022, the Networks segment is characterised by an important investment plan, which will have a positive impact on remunerated invested capital (RAB) and, consequently, on tariff revenues. Investments in the integrated water system will favour the increase of purification capacity, the reuse of resources, and the reduction of water losses through increased efficiency. In the electricity and gas distribution network, the aim will be to increase the power supported by the former and to replace non-compliant material in the latter, while at the same time continuously improving service quality.
With regard to the Waste Management segment, investments are aimed at building the waste treatment and disposal plants envisaged in the business plan and at increasing the quality of the service by extending door-to-door collection and punctual pricing. These investments, together with the complete coverage of the waste cycle (from collection to treatment and disposal), will make it possible to increase the volumes of recovered material.
Regarding the Energy and Market segments, Iren will continue to implement a series of actions aimed at mitigating the impact of volatility in electricity and gas prices thanks to a hedging policy oriented to stabilising margins in the entire energy supply chain. The development of the generation park will benefit from the commissioning of the new production line of the Turbigo thermoelectric plant, the consolidation of the acquired photovoltaic plants and the organic development of new renewable capacity, accompanied by the growth of our customer base.
Finally, the Smart Solutions segment, focused on the energy efficiency of buildings, will be able to seize the opportunities offered by government incentives related to building requalification, to the development of electric mobility and will be able to act as the main interlocutor for public administrations to ground complex urban requalification projects.
In relation to the international geopolitical crisis arising from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it is difficult as well as uncertain to assess the effects and repercussions that could arise from the continuation of the international crisis. In such a scenario, there are three main risks to be borne in mind: the possible interruption of the supply of natural gas from Russia, the volatility of commodity prices and the concomitant inflationary effect. Iren monitors the evolution of the situation on a daily basis, defining the possible risk scenarios for its activities and identifying, where possible, mitigation actions.
Additionally, in order to contain the impact resulting from the increase in commodity prices, whose upward trend began in the fourth quarter of 2021, the government has already approved measures aimed at calming the imbalance between the production and sales prices of electricity and gas; already for the most part reflected in the six-month period.