In line with our Environmental Policy, the design processes aim to contain environmental impact throughout the product’s life cycle. On this premise, we implemented a specific corporate procedure that establishes the basic principles and logic for eco-sustainable design related firstly to the Design functions of the Naval Shipping Division and subsequently to the Design functions in the Merchant Shipping Division.
The eco-sustainable design criteria apply in the following areas:
- product development/construction;
- management of the product over its operational life;
- management of the product’s disposal at the end of its life.
As part of the product’s development and construction, all the process management and design decisions can have an impact on the purchase of materials/systems, on the construction and testing of the product, on the production unit (shipyard) where the ship is built and on the surrounding area.
During the design stage, the criteria adopted aims to identify:
- solutions that reduce the environmental impact of the material introduced into the production unit for construction;
- solutions that reduce air emissions;
- solutions that reduce the production of waste, particularly waste that has greater environmental impact;
- solutions that give rise to a reduction in energy consumption.
Depending on the product’s management over its operational life, the design decisions consider the aspects related to energy consumption and interaction with the surrounding environment, also take similar products and those considered “best in class” in the market as a reference.
The design decisions also take into account the containment of any environmental impact during the product’s decommissioning. Therefore, action is taken in the choice of materials/components/systems with characteristics that contain environmental impact during disposal operations.