Piaggio and the environment

In keeping with the principles set forth in its Code of Ethics, the Piaggio Group operates at a global level with “choices of investment and of industrial and commercial initiatives […..] based on the respect of the environment and of public health.” (article 7).
In particular “
In compliance with the applicable regulations, the Company has respect for environmental issues in determining its choices, also adopting – where operationally and economically compatible and possible – eco-compatible technologies and methods of production, with the purpose of reducing the environmental impact of its own activities.” (article 8).

The Piaggio Group firmly believes that safeguarding the environment while carrying out all Company operations is essential for mankind, technology and nature to coexist peacefully. It is convinced that commitment to sustainable development is not only a business ethic, but also an important variable of all corporate strategies. The Group therefore makes sustainable products, which must be manufactured using production facilities with the minimum environmental impact.
As announced in its
2011-2014 Strategic Plan, the Piaggio Group will expand some production sites, focus on a major increase in productivity, and continue its environmental policy to cut down on the use of natural resources and minimise harmful emissions and production-related waste. Initiatives concern the following areas:

  • maintaining environmental certification awarded to the Group's production sites;
  • reducing energy consumption;
  • reducing emissions of CO2 and other pollutants;
  • conserving water resources;
  • waste handling and recovering.

Within the framework of management systems, ISO 14001 certification is a useful tool allowing Piaggio to adopt a structured, coordinated approach among Group companies, to defining environmental objectives and identifying risks and opportunities for improvement. It enables it to guarantee compliance with all environmental laws and regulations, to reduce energy costs, manage waste and raw materials and put in place a process to continually improve its environmental performance.

In December 2010, certification of the environmental management system of the Pontedera, Noale and Scorzè production sites to ISO 14001:2004 was renewed up until December 2013. As indicated in the 2010 CSR Report, the Group extended certification to include the production site at Mandello del Lario and completed implementation of a Company Management System at its site in Vinh Phuc. The Vietnamese site obtained certification to ISO 14001:2004 on 25 January 2011.

During 2011, no damage was caused to the environment for which the Company was declared as being definitively liable, nor were sanctions or penalties applied for crimes to the environment or for environmental damage.
Piaggio's focus on the environmental impact of its operations is also reflected by its CSR Report, which it has published since 2008, defining its commitments and describing its performance to stakeholders. The CSR Report is therefore a means for Piaggio to disclose its environmental policy, actions taken and results achieved, with a view to continual improvement.