From the 55% reduction of emissions by 2030 to the commitment to reach zero climate impact by 2050: these are some of the goals they see institutions and companies involved in the challenge towards the ecological transition. To achieve these objectives, at least 30% of all European programs must have sustainability, the promotion of the circular economy and technological innovation at the center. Themes at the center of the meeting “Towards the ecological transition“at the CSR and social innovation show in Milan. A meeting that is an opportunity to share the experiences of businesses and other social actors.
Per Gonzalo Juarez De La Rasilla, Head of Sustainability Stakeholders Engagement Enel, the watchword for dealing with the transition is “collaboration”. “What is important to us is collaboration with all stakeholders – he explains – the Commission has launched the green deal and this has highlighted the importance of creating value for society and this cannot be done alone. It is not enough to invest but to work on the social part and on collaborative and inclusive forms. We need to work together. The transition must be positive, rapid, green and fair, and as a company this is what we try to do by creating value: those who do not accept this concept risk disappearing “.
“On the one hand – he adds – the transition will create many jobs, such as in the renewables sector, but others will be lost in sectors related to fossil fuels and we are trying to address this transition by retraining our employees, this will be a major challenge. Nobody is to be left behind. ”
Many Esselunga projects to face the transition challenge. “For us, sustainability starts from afar,” he says Antonio Vaccari, Head of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) di Esselunga, remembering that the ‘For those who love nature’ line is from ’95. There are many initiatives by Esselunga which acts bearing in mind the 5 pillars of its action, also summarized in the sustainability report: communities, customers, suppliers, the environment, people. Interventions ranging from energy efficiency to renewables, from CO2 reduction to certifications, and then packaging, design, circularity. The sharing of these projects with customers is central, especially when it comes to actions to combat climate change or food waste.
A large complex reality like that of Saipem “plays a fundamental role, even more roles – he says Chiara Petrella, Corporate Environmental manager Saipem – defined as an ‘advanced engineering technological platform’ Saipem develops innovative projects and technologies that it makes available to the entire supply chain, enabling customers and all players in the supply chain to make the ecological transition. This is our main business. When we design we always choose the technologies with less impact and we are able to influence the customer in the choices we consider best. “Here too, the company focuses on multidisciplinary work groups and” everyone can be a promoter of change “.
Large companies grappling with the transition, but also SMEs because, as he points out Davide Bulgarelli, CEO Bulgarelli Production, “it’s interesting to show how even small and medium-sized enterprises can do a lot. We started this journey about ten years ago with good practices, like in our paper converting department, which consumes a lot of paper, where we started recycling; we changed location by choosing a new energy class facility that would allow us to have a lower impact in terms of consumption. For an SME, there is initially a ‘literacy’ path to train from the point of view of the culture of sustainability but step by step we realized that carbon neutrality was a goal within our reach, it is enough to change habits and internal processes. Objective achieved and exceeded and now we are climate positive“.
There is no transition if it is not right: she is convinced of it Valentina Grieco, Communication and Sustainability Expert Maire Tecnimont, explaining how “we are acting in the round on an industrial, system, energy transition, but one that has a lot of attention on social issues“. When it came to thinking about the transition, he explains,” we looked inside, at our skills and how they could serve our customers: in the traditional hydrocarbon industry sectors, acting on the industrial process and looking for new solutions. ; in green chemistry, understanding how these solutions can go in the direction of reducing environmental impacts, opening our skills also to hydrogen as an alternative to hydrocarbons “.
“An industrial effort that has activated not only an environmental but also a rationalization process, on climate change, circular economy, people, innovation, community to territories. We are making the effort to bring these elements into the structure through work tables that work in a synergistic and interdepartmental way on these issues and which serve, in this moment of transition, to bring forward new ideas. The objectives are clear for us: to reduce emissions “.