To manage our most significant environmental issues and to prevent the environmental effects of our activities, as per the Group Policy for the Environment and Climate, we have implemented a Group Environmental Management System (EMS) that respects the requisites of the ISO 14001 standard.
Around 70 Group company sites in seven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland) are involved in the implementation of the EMS, and these are joined by over 350 local offices in Austria and Spain. We are committed to increasing the size of the System over time; for this reason our commitment to improving environmental performance is global and regards all of the countries in which we are present.
Our System is supported by a dedicated organisational structure made up of an executive body, the Environmental Management System (EMS) Review Committee, comprising members of the senior management, which reviews the System on an annual basis, and an operating body, the EMS Committee, which is responsible for meeting the Group’s environmental goals. In accordance with the ISO 14001 standard, the correct implementation of the EMS and the specific meeting of its objectives are guaranteed by periodic internal audits, constant monitoring and an information system that produces six-monthly reports and an annual inventory of GHG emissions which quantifies, analyses and reports on the emissions in a clear, detailed and transparent way.
To ensure the credibility of our reporting and the results we have achieved, since 2011 we have requested and obtained ISO 14064-1 certification from certification body RINA Services S.p.A. for direct emissions deriving from the burning of fossil fuels for heating, for the production of electricity and thermal energy, for running the corporate fleet (Scope1) and for indirect emissions from energy consumption (Scope2). The data regarding the 2015 emissions are currently being certified.
With the aim of implementing and maintaining the objectives contained in the Group Policy for the Environment and Climate, specific targets are established that the countries involved in the EMS pledge to meet through initiatives and actions, which are outlined in the Group environmental programme.
In 2014 we defined the Group objectives and targets for the 2013-2020 period. We decided to set ourselves the main goal of reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%, to be met through a series of targets that regard all aspects of our business activities. The initial values to which the targets refer are those measured at 31 December 2013.
Greenhouse gas emissions
Below is the 2015 performance of the companies included in the EMS.