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The rational use of natural resources and the reduction of polluting emissions are fundamental goals for our daily activities. So we encourage the adoption of new forms of intelligent, sustainable and inclusive production
The CDP Group recognises the importance of safeguarding the environment as a primary asset and is committed to promoting, within its own facilities, the rational use of resources and a focus on the search for innovative solutions to ensure energy savings. In particular, Group companies pursue the goal of managing their environmental impact in a way that is organised and that increases efficiency, and this relates to both their own day-to-day operations and those of their suppliers or activities that are the subjects of financing.
The CDP Group promotes the adoption of the ISO 14001 standard, and the voluntary certification that guarantees the quality of the company's environmental management system. This standard provides managerial tools to monitor any impact on the environment and improve corporate performance in this field.
Our companies have started a transformation process to achieve the highest environmental management standards. To date, the parent company CDP S.p.A. and CDP Investimenti SGR have adopted an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System and, consistent with it, have adopted an environmental policy which not only sets out the principles for managing their activities, but also their objectives for protection of the environment. The SACE Group has made provision to set up an Environmental Management System capable of obtaining the ISO 14001 certification during the year 2018.
With the aim of seeking to reduce the main areas of consumption and indirect emissions, various initiatives have been taken to improve the energy efficiency of our offices. Specifically, the CDP Group is implementing an initiative to replace the lighting system with energy-efficient LED lamps; in some locations, PLC systems (Programmable Logic Controller System) have been installed to monitor and switch off lights and, in the head office in Rome, solar heating panels have been installed.
In order to reduce consumption for air conditioning, some buildings benefit from special valves and high-performance windows, as well as computerised systems for remote management of the air-conditioning.
CDP Group also promotes responsible waste management, giving practical support for separate waste collection by providing bins for different types of waste and containers for collecting edible oil and plastic caps. Various initiatives have been implemented to reduce paper consumption, such as monitoring printers remotely and setting them up in two-sided printing mode, as well as the dematerialisation of documents with initiatives aimed at creating digital archives.
Finally, Group companies are promoting the adoption of forms of sustainable mobility by employees. For example, for several years the Rome headquarters has maintained a fleet of company bikes, which can be used by all the employees of the CDP Group, in order to facilitate travel within the city and between Group premises. Employees are also encouraged to use public transport through a company contribution to annual subscription. In addition, a project is in progress for the purchase of hybrid and electric vehicles to create a fleet of low-emission corporate cars.
Disclosure 301-1 reports the use of materials by the company. Consumption data for paper and toner show a declining trend; moreover, most of the paper purchased is PEFC- and FSC-certified.
Disclosure 302-1 reports direct and indirect energy consumption. Over the three-year period, the consumption of gasoline and diesel rose. At the reporting date, the CDP Group fleet consisted of around 152 company vehicles. There was a slight drop in consumption of natural gas for heating, despite the growth in personnel, which is indicative of good energy management by the Group.
In relation to indirect energy consumption, the figures show a declining trend in the consumption of electricity, despite growth in the number of employees in the main offices.
Disclosure 302-3 shows the energy intensity ratio, which expresses the energy required by unit of activity. In combination with the company’s total energy consumption, reported in disclosure 302-1, energy intensity helps to contextualise the energy efficiency of the company. Considering the business of the Group, it is believed to be best expressed by the ratio of electricity consumption in relevant buildings to the total workforce (employees and other workers). In 2017, the rate fell by around 10% on 2016.
Disclosure 305-1 reports direct greenhouse gas emissions, stated in tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which are the main driver of global climate change. The Group’s direct GHG emissions showed a slight increase, due to higher consumption of diesel (mainly in relation to company cars).
Disclosure 305-2 shows the CO2 emissions associated with the purchase of electricity. The figures show a decline in emissions from electricity, despite growth in personnel at the main offices.
Disclosure 305-3 shows emissions connected with company operations, in this specific case emissions produced by business travel by employees on business missions, stated in tonnes of CO2. The trend over the three-year period shows a progressive increase, in part due to growth in the number of employees.
Disclosure 305-4 reports greenhouse gas emissions intensity, which expresses the amount of GHG emissions connected to company activities. Emissions intensity has been calculated by dividing total emissions from energy consumption by the total workforce (employees and other workers) at the main offices of the CDP Group. In 2017, the rate fell by around 13% on 2016.
Disclosure 306-2 shows the amount of hazardous and non-hazardous waste produced by the company, enabling an assessment of the management of resources by the company and the relative impacts. The figures reported only include waste considered on the tracking forms required by law, and excludes waste disposed of through a waste management service provider. Waste reported consists mostly of non-hazardous waste, including paper, mixed packaging materials, glass, and wood. Hazardous waste makes up only a minor percentage of the total (around 4% in 2017), and consists mainly of contaminated packaging, metals, components stripped from equipment no longer in use, and lead and nickel batteries. Hazardous waste shows a rising trend, mainly due to the renovation of offices, while total waste produced has declined by 6%.