Environmental, health & safety policies

Ansaldo STS is aware of the fact that carrying out its business in social, environmental and cultural contexts that often differ widely, requires a commitment to pursue the common goal of sustainable economic development in terms of the direct consequences that its business could have and its spheres of influence.

Ansaldo STS’s guiding environmental principles are:

  • compliance with ruling regulations;
  • prevention of environmental damage caused by its operations;
  • ensuring that its operations are sustainable;
  • constantly updating monitoring tools;
  • application of ongoing improvement principles;
  • transparent disclosure of its environmental performance;
  • encouraging its employees to adopt sustainable conduct.

In order to actively and responsibly contribute to combating the challenges posed by climate change, Ansaldo STS complies with the current regulations and also applies best practices to achieve better results, continuously improving its environmental management in an economically effective way.

To this end, it has developed an approach based on the preventive analysis of the impacts of its operations on the environment and the constant monitoring of consumption and waste during production. This approach has allowed the company to identify “environmental improvement” areas and to intervene with specific measures:

  • energy efficiency, through tailored initiatives to optimise office lighting by installing low power systems and building insulation systems designed to reduce the need for heating;
  • increase personnel’s awareness of the issue of environmental protection, encouraging them to adopt environmentally-conscious conduct to save energy, as part of ongoing improvement.

Environmental policy

Ansaldo STS’ environmental policy is based on the application of UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 requirements and those of other relevant international standards, compliance with applicable domestic and international legislation, developing a programme focused on the continuous improvement of environmental standards. The policy is shared with all Ansaldo STS personnel and all concerned parties online and via the company Intranet.

Internally, in line with its mission, Ansaldo STS involves all personnel in the reduction and control of the environmental impact of its business, by clearly defining objectives and accountability. In this way, Ansaldo STS aims to be recognised as one of the leading companies for the safeguarding and protection of the environment.

Environmental training

Ansaldo STS’s environmental training path has been implemented with the cooperation of training needs managers (TNM). This initiative aims to identify personnel who can serve as contacts for Human Resources in the definition of specific training/ development plans for operational structures, in order to facilitate understanding of the specific needs of each operational unit and make it possible to define projects that more accurately target their actual needs. TNM is distinguished by its concept of “Community”, which translates into encouraging the creation of a network to reduce geographical distances.

In 2015, Ansaldo STS carried out training and information sessions to draw attention to:

  • the procedures and requirements of the environmental management system;
  •  the significant, real or potential environmental impact of activities and the environmental benefits of improving individual performance;
  • the roles and responsibilities needed to achieve compliance with the environmental policy and the procedures and requirements of the environmental management system, including preparing for emergency situations and response capacity;
  • the potential consequences of not complying with the specified operating procedures.

The training sessions were held by personnel competent in the relevant field. The specialised technical focus of the training demonstrates Ansaldo STS’s aim of targeting, operating positions involved in duties and activities that are potentially critical in terms of the environment. With a view to focusing on maximising the efficiency of training, a total of 919 hours of training was provided during the year.

201320142015
Total hours of environmental training 1,494 2,713 919

At the production sites with the highest environmental risks, the percentage of hours of environmental training compared to total training increased from 2.1% to 2.9%.

Climate change

Ansaldo STS sees climate change as an opportunity. As part of this approach, it analyses the potential impact of its strategic climate change decisions in the short, medium and long-term, in order to find opportunities to develop the business, improve its efficiency and to identify the related risks.

The company is committed to progressively reducing GHG emissions in all of its processes. Its activities and initiatives to combat climate change are part of the environmental management system that Ansaldo STS has established at a global level, developing a carbon management strategy based on the following principles:

  • global approach: the development of mechanisms that encompass the commitment of all Ansaldo STS sites;
  • reasonable and feasible long-term objectives: the establishment of a clear and realistic vision of the steps to be taken;
  • support for the development of technologies: developing advanced technological solutions.

This strategy focuses mainly on three spheres of influence:

  • in-house activities and direct emissions from its sites (Scope 1 emissions);
  • electrical energy suppliers and their operating emissions due to Ansaldo STS’s activities (Scope 2 emissions);
  • Ansaldo STS’s supply chain and the emissions resulting from the production and delivery of goods and services (Scope 3 emissions).

The health and safety policy

Ansaldo STS’s health and safety in the workplace policy is based on the application of the requirements of relevant standards, namely OHSAS 18001:2007, and other international standards, in compliance with national and international regulations. Ansaldo STS develops a plan focused on continuously improving health and safety standards.

Ansaldo STS undertakes to:

  • ensure and maintain a safe and healthy workplace environment and prevent injuries, illnesses or damage to the health of employees, suppliers, customers and visitors;
  • extend OHSAS 18001 certification to all Ansaldo STS sites, continuously improving the effectiveness of the health and safety in the workplace management system;
  • continuously improve the aforementioned management systems’ performance, not only with respect to the prevention of injuries and workrelated illnesses, but also in terms of more general employeewellbeing;
  • adopt risk assessment criteria for all dangers relating to work activities which, in compliance with national and international legislation, also consider best practices;
  • increase the training and updating of all employees in order to make them more aware of the risks related to their activities;
  • continue developing activities to spread a culture of safety with all suppliers and concerned parties.

This policy is shared with all Ansaldo STS personnel and all concerned parties nd via Internet Company web site and the Intranet.

Training

The company promotes shares and consolidates a culture of health and safety through training to increase employees’ awareness of risks and encourage responsible conduct.

Accordingly, Ansaldo STS promotes training and updating activities to develop the experise of its personnel’s expertise, as personnel can affect health and safety in the workplace through their activities.

Overall, at the sites specified in this analysis, 10,417 hours of safety training were provided in 2015, accounting for 15.5% of total training hours.

PRODUCTION SITESOFFICE SITES
TRAINING IN HEALTH AND SAFETY201320142015201320142015
Total hours of health and safety training 2,492 2,644 2,293 24,094 31,858 8,124
Total hours of training 6,148 10,024 6,906 76,129 77,946 60,232
Health and safety training as % of the total 41% 26% 33.2% 32% 41% 13.5%

2014 data, especially for the office sites, are considerably higher because the company implemented an ambitious training plan in Italy during that year, in collaboration with Fondimpresa.