In 2014, the Group consolidated external costs totalled 2.11 billion euros approximately, with all items showing a decrease compared to 2.40 billion euros in 2013 (-12%). The main costs, amounting to 1.75 billion euros approximately (2.04 billion euros in 2013), pertained to the purchasing of energy, gas and fuels, down by more than 295 billion euros (-14.5% over 2013), followed by the costs incurred for services, totalling 234.8 million euros.
Operating costs reduced significantly from 41.4 million euros to 33.9 billion euros (-18%).
The rest of this section shows the procurement of goods, services and works that the Purchasing and Logistics Corporate Division manages for several companies of the Group. In 2014, procurement totalled 533 million euros approximately.