The sustainability strategy of the Pittini Group is characterised by the continuity with the actions undertaken in the past and displays careful attention to the environment.
Containment of emissions for each of the environmental compartments (air, water, soil, noise, emissions and waste), rational use of resources, management of production plants aimed at continually improving their environmental impact. This briefly summarises the goals pursued by the Pittini Group through a process of constant research and innovation. It is no coincidence that the “Zero Waste“ principle – a virtuous example of circular economy – had already been adopted as a production guideline back in 1995. Zero Waste means that no waste is generated in the production of steel within the Pittini Group. Waste materials are recovered and regenerated to reduce waste and create new opportunities for its reuse.
The production of steel from electric arc furnaces (EAF) is an example of a circular economy, as this material is permanent: this means that it maintains its properties over time.
Within the framework of steel production and transformation activities, reconciling industrial development and environmental protection has always been a challenge that has continuously stimulated all the people who have worked for the Group and those who still work for it today.
Over the years, the containment of emissions in any environmental matrix (air, water, soil, noise, emissions, waste), the rational use of resources, the sustainable management of plants and their positive relationship with the territory, have been a constant and ever-increasing priority addressed through research into plants, processes and materials. The management of environmental protection and related protection of the territories in which the Group operates is developed in line with the specific legislative provisions and regulations defined at national and regional level. The activities of steel plants with steelworks and rolling mills are in fact subject to the Integrated Environmental Authorisation (AIA) issued by the authorities in accordance with the best available technologies for each type of production in Europe (BAT).
The Group, determined to improve its environmental performance over time, to achieve high objectives and to continuously monitor the results achieved as well as its own performance, wanted its companies to adopt an Environmental Management System (EMS) compliant with the UNI EN ISO 14001 standard, which has been implemented at various levels in all plants.
A further step towards transparency and sustainability was the decision to join the EMAS scheme at the Verona (2020) and Osoppo (2021) plants, with the registration of the relevant sites and publication of the respective declarations. The Group’s approach to preventing potential impacts from production activities has resulted
in significant investments in environmental protection, as well as in worker safety and product quality. In this regard, we highlight, for example, the recent three-year investment plan called ‘Green Steel’ dedicated to the Potenza plant.