The management of environmental topics, the battle against climate change, environmental protection and sustainable growth are factors strategic in running and developing the company’s activities.
The four key principles of Ansaldo STS’s environmental policy
- Protect the environment by preventing impacts.
- Improve and foster the environmental characteristics of products and services.
- Create value for the company.
- Satisfy and go beyond the legal obligations of compliance and voluntary commitments.
The four strategic objectives
- Application of Environmental Management Systems recognized at the international level to the entire Organization. These systems are inspired by the principle of ongoing improvement and the definition of environmental indices in order to measure the environmental performance of the entire Organization. • Annual preservation of the ISO 14001 certifications.
- Rationalization and simplification of the certifications in the various organizational areas.
- Publication of the Sustainability Report and open access given to the key environmental parameters.
- Communication with the analysts and participation in various Sustainability indices.
- Use of environmental performance-based supplier qualification criteria.
- Updating/training meetings on the important environmental aspects at the time works are started by passing on the Environmental Policy and explaining how the impacts generated by the activities carried out (waste, emissions, discharges, etc.) are to be managed.
- Assessment of the suppliers based on the environmental performance of the activities carried out on Ansaldo STS’s behalf.
- Ensure that the activities are carried out in compliance with said obligations and commitments.
- Assess fulfillment of the subscribed obligations and commitments
- Correct any non-conformities on observance of subscribed obligations and voluntary commitments.
The fight against climate change is a challenging and urgent objective.
On 11 November 2016 Italy ratified the Paris Agreement to curb global heating of the planet, which entered into effect internationally on 4 November 2016 when the membership threshold of 55 countries, representing 55% of the greenhouse gas emissions globally, was passed.
Ansaldo STS sees climate change as an opportunity. As part of this approach, it analyzes the potential impact of its strategic climate change decisions in the short, medium and long-term, in order to find opportunities to develop the business, improve its efficiency and to identify the related risks.
The company is committed to progressively reducing GHG emissions in all of its processes. Its activities and initiatives to combat climate change are part of the environmental management system that Ansaldo STS has established at a global level, developing a carbon management strategy based on the following principles:
- global approach: the development of mechanisms that encompass the commitment of all Ansaldo STS sites;
- reasonable and feasible long-term objectives: the establishment of a clear and realistic vision of the steps to be taken;
- support for the development of technologies: developing advanced technological solutions.
This strategy focuses mainly on three spheres of influence:
- in-house activities and direct emissions from its sites (Scope I emissions);
- electrical energy suppliers and their operating emissions due to Ansaldo STS’s activities (Scope II emissions);
- Ansaldo STS’s supply chain and the emissions resulting from the production and delivery of goods and services (Scope III emissions).
Risks and opportunities
For Ansaldo STS, the risks associated with climate change are economic and regulatory in nature, with significant repercussions even on image and reputation.
Ansaldo STS is engaged in offering more sustainable design solutions. This is achieved with low-carbon technologies and being able to ensure actual fuel savings. In order to be able to establish an improvement strategy, the company reports on direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the GHG protocol1, undertaking to decrease these emissions, in part through people mobility policies, plans to cut energy consumption and improve efficiency, use of energy from renewable sources and to manage waste effectively.
Health and Safety
Ansaldo STS encourages commitment to protecting the health and safety of workers inside all of its processes. Health and safety responsibility is managed with a structured system of delegations and powers of attorney to define the health and safety responsibilities, tasks and powers assigned to the delegates.
Ansaldo STS has defined a management system integrating all its processes in one central structure. This enables the Organization to operate as a single unit with shared objectives and the global application of health and safety standards.
Ansaldo STS’s health and safety management system enables it to define the process operating methods used to achieve compliance with the legislative requirements and verify adequacy and compliance. The fundamental elements of safety awareness are the constant diligence of every person, integrating safety with the processes and training, reporting and analyzing near-misses, and severity in selecting and managing contractors.
The health and safety policy
Ansaldo STS’s health and safety in the workplace policy is based on the application of the requirements of relevant standards, namely OHSAS 18001:2007, and other international standards, in compliance with national and international regulations. Ansaldo STS develops a plan focused on continuously improving health and safety standards.
Ansaldo STS undertakes to:
- ensure and maintain a safe and healthy workplace environment and prevent injuries, illnesses or damage to the health of employees, suppliers, customers and visitors;
- extend OHSAS 18001 certification to all Ansaldo STS sites, continuously improving the effectiveness of the health and safety in the workplace management system;
- continuously improve the aforementioned management systems’ performance, not only with respect to the prevention of injuries and work-related illnesses, but also in terms of more general employee wellbeing;
- adopt risk assessment criteria for all dangers relating to work activities which, in compliance with national and international legislation, also consider best practices;
- increase the training and updating of all employees in order to make them more aware of the risks related to their activities;
- continue developing activities to spread a culture of safety with all suppliers and concerned parties. This policy is shared with all Ansaldo STS personnel and all concerned parties online and via the company Intranet.
1 The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GGP) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify and manage greenhouse gas emissions.