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Sustainability and the territory: the importance of green spaces in production facilities

Balancing development and sustainability is a goal that is achieved by integrating production facilities into their surrounding environment and by creating new green areas. Paolo Padovan, who is responsible for the Pittini Group's green projects, gives us an overview of the targets and goals of these programmes.

In the context of the activities of a steelmaking group, your job may seem somewhat “unconventional”. This is also proof of the ever-increasing importance of sustainability and the relevance of environmental issues in terms of the decisions made by companies today.

When it comes to your role, what is your educational background and what do you enjoy most about your job today?

My academic career always followed a scientific curriculum. After five years at the Scientific High School, I enrolled in a university course in Environmental Science at the University of Udine. A highly diversified programme that ranges from biology to chemistry, from geology to hydrology, and from physiology to geomatics, providing me with a general insight into many different topics. The most enjoyable aspect of my job is the variety of activities that I carry out during the week, which is never repetitive: I spend my time working in the office, supervising on-site inspections and developing new projects in the companies of the Pittini Group.

Which projects are aimed at improving the green spaces surrounding the Pittini Group’s facilities?

Ferriere Nord is unquestionably the leader in this regard. With each new upgrade of the production site, a new green area is created. In addition, together with the University of Udine, the “Paulownia project” was undertaken to study the storage of CO2 in plant tissues. This year, on the other hand, Siderpotenza created a large green environmental mitigation programme as part of the GreenSteel project. In addition, Acciaierie di Verona will undertake a series of improvements in the “Campagna” area facing Adige Park in the upcoming years.
The core principles driving all these initiatives are aimed at uniting the aesthetic dimension with functionality, in order to simultaneously guarantee the effectiveness of environmental mitigation as well as improving the environment where we all live and work.

The Group is particularly committed to the people and the territories in which it works. Are there any forms of collaboration with local communities to safeguard the territory?

This year for and for the first time, the Pittini Group Foundation joined the ecological day organised by the Osoppo Hunting Reserve in collaboration with the Municipality of Osoppo. The initiative was very successful, in which the employees of the Group played their part in cleaning up the industrial area of Rivoli alongside the local community.