Protecting the environment
Fincantieri, in its strategic decisions and business processes, endorses environmental sustainability principles such as reduced consumption, proper waste management and raising employees' awareness about protecting the environment.
This corporate culture, shared across all levels, has materialized in initiatives and tangible results, in compliance with the laws in force and with the awareness of having to always focus on higher standards.
The administrative procedure that led to the issue of an Integrated Environmental Authorization to the Monfalcone shipyard by the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia was completed in 2017. This is the first procedure with these characteristics for the company, tangible confirmation of the sensitivity towards the territory and transparency in the management of the production process. The Integrated Environmental Authorization imposes detailed monitoring plans and measures in order to achieve a high level of protection of the environment as a whole.
The environmental compliance, ISO 14001 certification covers nearly all the Italian productions units.
Marinette's US shipyard obtained certification for its environmental management system in 2017, in compliance with the requirements of the UNI EN ISO 14001 standard.
For the VARD Group, the Vard Braila and Vard Tulcea yards in Romania and the Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam were certified for environmental compliance.
In 2017, we invested over € 9 million to protect the environment.
The Parent Company invested over € 7 million in specific innovative projects with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of its activities.
Over € 9 mln
for environmental protection
Energy efficiency and savings are a priority for us and we are committed to gradually improving our energy performance to obtain greater efficiency and guarantee sustainability of our activities.
The highest use of energy takes place in production yards.
The Parent Company has set up a structure and organizational process aimed at preparing annual site energy diagnoses and identifying improvement plans to continually 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 inserted in ventilation, air intake and air conditioning systems.
We monitor water consumption during the production cycle and we have implemented initiatives to promote virtuous and eco-sustainable behaviours, in everyday actions, also in offices.
We have prepared a special company procedure for the collection of process residues and waste disposal which provides the criteria to be adopted to remove materials and residues produces during processing and specific guidelines on responsibilities and procedures. The percentage of waste recovery is about 80% in Italian shipyards.
For the VARD Group waste recycling is a priority, a regulation was introduced for waste management in 2011 and recycled waste that increased from 65% in 2012 to over 90% in 2017.
In the United States Fincantieri Marine Group has specific waste management policies and procedures and aims to continually 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, seeking innovative solutions to re-use waste products, such as wood, 40% of which is recycled.
Greenhouse gas emissions
We constantly monitor our emissions of greenhouse gas (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 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 very sensitive to these issues and continues to seek new methods to improve its practices and minimize the impact of emissions from its industrial activities.
Since 2008, VARD has participated in the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises NOx-Fund, whose primary goal is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.