Carbon Footprint

Within the framework of an eco-sustainable strategy, and in compliance with UNI ISO 14064-1 standards, at Italferr we have developed a method for measuring and reporting on the greenhouse gas emissions generated during the construction of rail infrastructure. The results of this application are suited to perfecting the design solutions, by means of decisions capable of ensuring the same performance standards, but with lower emissions. The next step in the process is the preparation of a record of the carbon footprint of the infrastructure – i.e. the amount of greenhouse gases actually released into the atmosphere, as a result of its construction. A set of specific contractual regulations help the contractors to procure the concrete and steel they need from environmentally aware suppliers and direct them towards environmentally sustainable means of transport, rewarding the contractors who collaborate and actively contribute to reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. This methodology has been certified by a third-party body since 2010, in compliance with the UNI ISO 14064-1 standard.

Italferr's experience

This methodology has been applied to several projects, and in accordance with the ISO 14064-1 standard, the measurement results have been officially recorded in the "Summary Reports" shown below. This application has enabled Italferr to earn a competitive edge on the market, through the creation of innovative market spaces, enabling us to offer a broader range of products and services centred on our clients and the community at large.
This experience is symbolic of Italian State Railways Group leadership in sustainable development based on an ethical and fair economy, which aims to trigger a virtuous cycle and encourage similar activities in other related areas.

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