this second Padana Tubi Sustainability Report, which refers to 2022, takes us another step towards reporting on our activities in a structured manner, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards.
We are pleased to share with our stakeholders the main issues that have been a feature of the past few months, relating both to strictly economic-financial questions and to questions of particular importance to us, such as the protection of workplace health and safety, our environmental impact, and our commitment to sustainability, as part of a broad, forward-looking vision.
In 2022, the international scenario saw the outbreak and continuation of the war in Ukraine, tensions over energy sources that led to exponential rises in gas and electricity prices, and unexpectedly far-reaching and long-lasting inflationary pressures, with the consequent decisions by central banks to raise interest rates.
From a climatic point of view, increasingly extreme phenomena occurred in rapid succession all over the world: droughts, high temperatures, fires, hurricanes and torrential rain highlighted the urgent need to step up action to mitigate the environmental impact of human activities, and undertake protection projects in locations and settlements at greatest climatic risk.
Geo-political instability in many parts of the world, food shortages and economic crises drove more and more people to leave their home countries. Migration has been, and will continue to be, an important and sensitive issue confronting Italy and Europe.
In this global context, the world’s economic and financial systems – of which steel is a constituent part and primary driver – have shown signs of weakness, slowdowns in growth, and widespread discontinuity and volatility.
At the same time, precisely because of these dynamics, environmental, social and economic sustainability are issues of increasing importance in the business world due to growing awareness, especially among young people, and economic players.
Specifically, the demand for reduced environmental impact in ‚hard to abate‘ industries like steel predates and anticipates both technologies and mandatory regulations.
At Padana Tubi we have been firm believers, for over fifty years, in the social role, in a broad sense, of our business.
We are an economic entity that every day, thanks to the invaluable work of more than seven hundred employees, receives raw materials from all over the world and produces goods that are shipped to more than 60 countries.
Protecting the health and safety of workers is our primary concern, both through constant investment in production facilities and through daily training on safety and worker awareness and listening to their needs.
We are a company that operates entirely in the area of the town of Guastalla, which provides us with resources, opportunities, collaboration; we endeavour to respond with respectful, effective and timely initiatives, that are often unpublicised.
As you will read in the report, part of our commitment is to ensure compliance with national, industry and international environmental regulations, and, where possible, to do better and more. Increasing the generation capacity of photovoltaic plants, purchasing energy from renewable sources only, with Scope 2 emissions eliminated since 2020, and making energy and water consumption more efficient are just some of our initiatives.
Europe has clearly chosen the difficult and necessary path of climate neutrality, which can only be achieved if production chains act together in synergy.
That is why the involvement of all our stakeholders – workers, customers, suppliers, local communities, institutions – in this journey of sharing and transparency that we have undertaken will be increasingly necessary.
With these remarks, we present our Sustainability Report, and welcome any contribution you may wish to make.