Environment

Ansaldo STS SpA directs and coordinates companies operating on the international markets as suppliers of complete rail transport systems and the related auxiliary systems for signalling, control and security. As such, Ansaldo STS SpA is committed to environmental protection on two fronts:

  • The Company pursues a policy for continuously improving the environmental performance of its processes;
  • The Company markets increasingly sophisticated, secure and reliable transport systems, in order to provide incentives for their use.

Strategic guidelines and management approach

For this purpose, the Company has adopted an environmental policy and implemented an environmental management system, defining the organisation, the responsibilities, the operating means and the investments necessary, thereby committing itself to the achievement of the following objectives:

  • ensuring compliance with regulations applicable to its processes, in the various countries where the subsidiaries operate, by formalizing procedures that facilitate the awareness of the regulatory framework of reference;
  • identifying direct and indirect environmental aspects significant for the reduction and the control of the related environmental impact, both its own and that of its suppliers and partners;
  • defining key indicators for easily checking the performance.

The ISO 14001 standard and the EMAS Regulation represent the model indicated by Ansaldo STS to its subsidiaries to develop management systems whose certification is the tool used to develop a durable environmental conscience with its own people and with sub-contractors.

Innovation and disclosure of best practices

Market requirements and the resulting expertise for some of the subsidiaries led to the development of environmental management systems, with the subsequent achievement of the ISO 14001 certification, which Ansaldo STS is committing to extend to all the Group companies. The possibility to extend the EMAS regulation to the other production facilities is still being assessed.

The statement below provides the present status of the certifications obtained or to be obtained

CountryFranceItalyPacificSpainSwedenUKUSA
The company formalised the environmental policyYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
The company formalised an environmental management systemYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
The environmental management system is ISO 14001 certifiedYesYesNoYesYesYesNo
The environmental management system is EMAS certifiedNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
The company intends to certify the management systemYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Date set for certification2008200320092009200920042010

Communication, education and training

All employees and external associates (suppliers/contractors) involved in operations at the head offices of the Ansaldo STS subsidiaries are required to participate in a training/information programme about environmental management when they become affiliated with the Company.

Depending on the specific processes of each company and the related environmental aspects, subsequent training sessions are conducted in order to instruct the personnel in relation to the environmental management system requisites applicable to their activity.

The Company holds a register of all training programmes administered to the personnel operating at the various companies.

The training sessions are held by personnel knowledgeable in the field involved, and are documented by the personnel responsible for their execution.

General environmental information

The activities performed at the offices of the subsidiaries of Ansaldo STS mainly include office business, for which Ansaldo STS ensures total control, including environmental issues.

There is a number of production sites managed in full harmony with the environmental protection concepts. These sites fall within the scope of application of the certifications obtained and to be obtained.

The Italian production site is also EMAS (Environmental Management and Audit Scheme) certified.

Water resources management

The consumption of water resources is exclusively linked to sanitary use, and is controlled.

Production and management of special wastes

The activity carried out at the offices is not the type that generates special waste materials. Photocopiers and office machines under lease require the owner to provide for the management of the waste materials (toner, broken or obsolete equipment, spare parts). In addition, the service maintenance is contracted to an external company that operates with its own stable personnel, and provides for the disposal of substitute components (e.g. neon tubes).

Energy consumption, CO2 emissions, emissions trading and other emissions

Essentially related to heating, lighting and electric motive force, the consumption of energy is controlled and is in line with the levels of consumption registered for similar activities.

Management of hazardous substances

The hazardous substances used in the process management are environmentally friendly, by taking all the possible precautions envisaged by technical casebooks, and are used in compliance with the REACH Community Regulation.

Ozone depleting substances

Dismissal plans are envisaged for R22 conditioning facilities at the offices.