Other environmental aspects

Substances harmful to the ozone layer

The presence of substances harmful to the ozone layer is entirely attributable to liquid refrigerants used in closed circuit air conditioning plants.

Except for accidental and unforeseeable leaks of these substances, there were no free releases in the atmosphere that could be correlated with production activities.

SO2 Emissions

Direct emissions of SO2, stemming from the combustion of diesel and fuel oil, was estimated to be about 200 tonnes in 2011.

Biodiversity

For Pirelli , the integration of its sites within the local territorial context is an essential aspect of its sustainable activity. It does so by focusing the greatest attention on guaranteeing that its own activities do not interfere with the biodiversity that characterise them. There are currently three Pirelli sites located inside or near protected areas having a high value for biodiversity.

The Vizzola Ticino site, which has an area of 26 hectares, is part of the Parco del Ticino in Lombardy, an MAB (Man and Biosphere, a collection of 425 biosphere reserves located in 95 countries around the world) area of UNESCO. Impact on the environment and biodiversity in the area is not significant. Nonetheless, a ISO 14001 certified environmental management system has been implemented to assure the greatest possible level of environmental protection, including the relationship with principal stakeholders.

In addition to the Vizzola site, another two Pirelli production units are located either adjacent to protected areas and/or of major value for biodiversity. This is the Breuberg site in Germany, measuring 68.7 hectares, which is located opposite an area protected under state law, and the Gravataì site in Brazil, measuring 57.4 hectares, including 16 hectares of land ecosystem protected under federal law. In both cases, the presence of the ISO 14001 certified environmental management system guarantees that all potential environmental impact, although assessed to be low or absolutely insignificant, must be duly considered in order to reduce all possible impact to a minimum.

In January 2012, the Gravataì, Brazil production site sponsored and actively participated in renewal of the Rio Gravataì, which flows near the site. The event, organised by public authorities, engaged the local community for organisation of this precious source of natural water and its ecosystem, in order to enhance and protect its biodiversity.