The Pirelli approach to the management of environmental issues
Group companies believe in sustainable international growth in the common interest of all stakeholders, both current and future. Their investment and business decisions therefore reflect respect for the environment and public health. Without prejudice to compliance with specific prevailing legislation, Group companies are aware of the importance of environmental issues when making choices, not least in the adoption of specific technologies and manufacturing methods (where this is technically feasible and economically viable) that allow for the reduction of the environmental impact of their operations, even beyond the minimum limits set down by regulatory requirements. (Article 7 of the Ethical Code - Environment).
The above principles are discussed in detail in the Group policy “Health, Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility”, which has been discussed in detail in the first section of this report and whose text is available to the External Community in the “Sustainability” section of the website www.pirelli.com.
The Pirelli Group is comprised by a wide variety of businesses, as follows:
- the manufacture of car, industrial and commercial vehicle, bus, motorcycle tyres and steel cord, all produced by Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.;
- the Real Estate sector: Pirelli & C. Real Estate S.p.A.;
- environmental clean-up, waste-to-energy generation and environmental services: Pirelli & C. Ambiente S.p.A.;
- the development of sustainable mobility technologies (new fuels, innovative systems for exhaust gas reduction): Pirelli & C. Eco Technology S.p.A.;
- the development of innovative products for broadband access by residential and business customers: Pirelli Broadband Solutions S.p.A.;
- research and development in the fields of new materials and optoelectronic components: Pirelli Labs.
The common denominator in all areas of activity is environmentally sustainable management of processes, products and services, in view of developing cutting-edge green solutions.
The Group has implemented environmental management policies for years that pursue continual improvements in performance. ISO14001 certification is concentrated at Pirelli Tyre production units, which have the greatest potential impact on the environment. All the same, other Group companies, whether they are involved in design, research, logistics or services (including the Tyre Test Track at Vizzola Ticino) are preparing for or have already obtained this certification, which represents a common goal for all affiliates.
In parallel with the definition of specific common guidelines and procedures for drawing up and implementing management systems, the Pirelli company intranet contains a web-based management system for “Health, Safety and Environment Data Management” (HSE DM), created and operated at the corporate level by the Health, Safety and Environment Department. This system permits the monitoring of environmental performance at every production plant in the Tyre Sector and the preparation of a wide variety of reports that are required for management and operational purposes.
Alongside the HSE-DM system, Pirelli has completed the “CSR-DM” (CSR Data Management), an IT system for managing Group sustainability information, which is used to consolidate the environmental performance of all Pirelli business units.
The following pages describe environmental performance and projects in 2008, with specific reference to the Group’s various companies that own the various businesses mentioned above.
The specific environmental performance of tyre and steel cord production activities of Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. are analysed separately, being characterised by different products and, above all, different fabrication processes.