The sustainable management of site water during withdrawal and use encourages the maintenance and improvement of water use efficiency, ensuring less waste of the resource and reduced environmental impact. The water is mainly used for sanitary purposes and for the operation and cooling of air conditioning systems; in certain locations it is also used for watering the green areas. Ansaldo STS’s water procurement sources include aqueducts and water tables where water is drawn through wells.

To reduce water consumption, Ansaldo STS has installed devices that mix water and air or, alternatively, photocells or timed controls that effectively control the water flow, in order to minimise the waste of the resource.

Rainwater recovery projects at the Riom plant in France and the replacement of cooling towers with "dry" systems also contribute to sustainable water management.

The use of water is mainly for civil purposes. Water consumption at the Tito Scalo (Italy), Riom (France) and Batesburg (US) sites is very low. From 2016 to 2017, these sites reduced their water withdrawals (-6.5%), also considering that the Tito Scalo plant cut the amount of industrial water it used for fire drills and irrigation of green areas, while the amount of water used for production decreased because electrical circuit boards are no longer rinsed. Compared with 2016, withdrawal also fell at the office sites (-30.0%); particularly affecting this result was the decrease recorded at the Naples site.

WITHDRAWAL OF WATER

PRODUCTION SITES

OFFICE SITESTOTAL
 

2015

2016

2017

2015

2016

2017

2015

2016

2017

Water drawn from aqueducts (m3/year)

14,726

 12,329

11,529

160,942

143,153

98,468

175,668

155,482

109,997

Water drawn from wells (m3/year)

-

-

-

41,906

 10,616

9,128

41,906

10,616

9,128

Other sources (m3/year)

-

-

-

132

-

-

132

-

-

TOTAL

14,726

12,329

11,529

202,980

53,769

107,596

217,706

166,098

119,125

The water consumption per employee indicator1 shows a reduction of 31.4% compared to 2016, due to the combined effect of reduced consumption and increase in the number of employees.

1 The number of employees considered by the calculation does not represent the entire Group workforce but rather the scope of the environmental data.