We are also bound by laws and regulations to protect the environment and people’s health that impose limits on atmospheric emissions, discharges into water and soil and that set rules for the treatment of hazardous waste and the reclamation of any polluted sites.
Energy efficiency and savings are a priority for us and we are committed to gradually improving our energy performance in order to obtain greater efficiency and guarantee the sustainability of our activities.
The Parent Company has set up a structure and organizational process aimed at preparing annual site energy diagnoses and identifying improvement plans to continuously improve the company's energy performance.
In line with the Parent Company's approach, foreign subsidiaries have also launched initiatives to reduce energy consumption and implement more efficient technologies. In particular, mass replacements of lights with new LED lights has been started in the US production sites and automatic switch off systems have been installed in ventilation, air intake and air conditioning systems.
In 2018, the subsidiary VARD purchased electricity entirely from renewable sources in all its Norwegian sites, for a proportion of around 8% of the electricity consumed by the whole Group.
Water is a precious natural resource whose availability is increasingly limited owing to climate change, therefore safeguarding it is one of the main commitments in Fincantieri’s Environmental Policy.
We monitor water consumption during the production cycle and, together with measures carried out on the systems directly, we have implemented initiatives to promote virtuous and eco-sustainable behaviours in everyday actions, including in our offices.
A specific set of guidelines for the collection of process residues and waste disposal contains the criteria to be adopted in order to manage the residues produced during processing. In the Italian sites, around 70% of total waste is recycled.
For the VARD group, waste management rules were introduced in 2011 which have increased the percentage of waste recycled from 65% in 2012 to over 90% in 2018.
In the United States Fincantieri Marine Group has specific waste management policies and procedures to continuously improve the processes. The organization monitors the waste produced and, as a result, is able to ensure that all materials recovered are collected and managed correctly, while also seeking innovative solutions to re-use waste products.
Greenhouse gas emissions
We constantly monitor our emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) with the aim of achieving continuous improvements in terms of impact.
To reduce CO2 emissions, starting in 2015 we implemented measures aimed at reducing leaks in the CO2 distribution network (used in welding) and we set up electrical points for ships under construction or maintenance in order to contain the need to produce energy using the onboard systems.
Similar systems have been launched at some Norwegian shipyards in the VARD group, which is equally sensitive to these issues and constantly seeks new methods to improve its operational practices and minimize the impact of emissions from its industrial activities.
The other indirect (Scope 3) emissions have also been partially calculated in 2018. These are emissions connected with employee travel, consumption of raw materials, water consumption, waste disposal and the procurement chain for raw materials. These emissions reached 49,908 tCO2e.
Other emissions of polluting gases
We also monitor and report on other emissions of polluting gases.
The gradual conversion of all the heating networks in the Italian shipyards has involved the elimination of heavy combustibles and the introduction of methane systems, resulting in negligible sulphur oxide (SOX) emissions.
SOX emissions of the VARD group and Fincantieri Marine Group amounted to 0.13 tSOX in 2017 and 0.74 tSOX in 2018.
With a view to continuous improvement, the Norwegian group is focused on researching new approaches to contain and minimize the impact of emissions resulting from industrial activities. The group’s commitment is also demonstrated by its participation, since 2008, in the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises’ NOX-Fund, whose primary objective is to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX). The group’s NOX emissions, associated solely with natural gas combustion, amounted to 18.2 tNOX in 2017 and 24.5 tNOX in 2018.
In 2018, we invested 7.9 million euros in environmental protection.
In particular, the Parent Company launched initiatives to both improve environmental impact and reduce direct and indirect atmospheric emissions.
€ 7.9 mln
for environmental protection