Challenges

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Since 2015, TELT promotes values related to human rights, respect for labour laws, environmental protection and the fight against corruption.

The Ethical Code is inspired by the principles of the Global Compact

In 2016, TELT adopted a Ethical codes that applies to both internal personnel and all third parties working with the company. The document sets strict rules of conduct and monitoring procedures concerning fundamental ethic principles.

Environmental protection
The new line is part of the TEN-T network, the European programme with the goal of achieving a sustainable transport revolution, by focusing on railways to limit motorway traffic. Trains play an increasingly important role in European mobility strategies, as they are environmentally friendly and they are competitive with road transports.
Currently, on the Italian-French route, only 9% of goods travel by rail. Between Italy and Switzerland this raises to 64%, and between Italy and Austria it is 69%. The imbalance is clear, but with the new Lyon–Turin railway line, one million heavy goods vehicles are expected to shift from road to rail, with a reduction of 3 million tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions.
The safeguard of the environment is also a guiding principle for every action undertaken by TELT. Within and around the construction sites, the company carries out thousands of yearly controls to protect the environment and the health of citizens, monitoring over 135 different environmental parameters.
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Compliance with timeline and costs
The cost of the cross-border section is 8.6 billion (2012 euro value). 40% of this amount is co-financed by the European Union, while the remainder is split between the two countries: 35% for Italy, 25% for France.
The Lyon-Turin line is one of the few infrastructures whose cost has been certified by a third party, the international grouping of companies Tractebel Engineering – Tuc Rail.
The costs of the cross-border section include the Mont Cenis base tunnel, 57.5 kilometres long, the two international stations of Susa and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, and the connections with existing national lines in France and Italy.
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Involvement of territories
The economic impact of the Lyon–Turin line has been analysed by TELT, which estimates that by 2030 approximately 20,000 companies with be involved with the Italian and French construction sites. It is envisaged that the works may create 8,000 direct and indirect jobs in the two countries.
The small and medium enterprises of the territories impacted by large-scale works generally expect subcontracting jobs. Instead, TELT has decided to organise a significant number of tenders aimed directly at this system.
TELT has decided to activate a round of small-to-medium calls for tender, which are normally very interesting for SMEs: there are many contracts with a value of up to 50 million euro, in addition to very large ones up to 1.3 billion.
In addition to the impact generated by the works, there are also major opportunities deriving from accompanying measures at the construction sites: the Démarche Grand Chantier in France, and the Piedmont Regional Law 4/2011 in Italy, provide for the disbursement of funds for land development plans.
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Fight against corruption
The new Lyon–Turin railway line represents the first case in Europe of application of an anti-Mafia legislation at the transnational level, regardless of the nationality of the construction sites.
The Contract Regulation, approved by the Intergovernmental Conference in June 2016, defines the activities of the binational structure, which is under the guidance of the Prefects of Turin and Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, who are in charge of the controls over tenders in Italy and France.
TELT dedicates a significant portion of its internal policy to fighting corruption, especially as regards functions related to the awarding of tenders.
According to the Code of Ethics, the company monitors the behaviour of personnel and partners, who cannot seek out or accept any kind of benefit from public or private parties.
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Citizens' health
The Lyon-Turin line was conceived with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions along the Alps. It is a key element for the protection of the alpine ecosystem and of the populations residing in the areas affected by the work. Moreover, TELT promotes many activities to monitor the health of citizens.
The first experience was the HIA (Health Impact Assessment) for the Chiomonte construction site, in the Susa Valley. Research was conducted by the University of Turin, which monitored environmental pressure factors in the works area from 2012 to 2018.
At the Chiomonte construction site, the HIA (Health Impact Assessment), based on 62,000 measurements available, showed a situation where environmental values are respected. Citizens’ health is protected.
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