The figures achieved in 2018 were even better: thanks to airlines being able to choose more efficient routes, the distance flown by planes last year decreased by 12 million km with a subsequent reduction of 43 million kg of fuel and about 135 million fewer CO2 emissions.
Guaranteeing the safety every year of the hundreds of millions of passengers taking off and landing in national airports is not only ENAV’s mission but also its most important contribution to sustainability. ENAV invests over €85 million a year in safety alone, while training exceeds about 200,000 hours a year.
Alongside safety, ENAV’s mission also includes the need to guarantee that airlines can fly on time and with efficient routes in order to reduce flight times and fuel consumption, and therefore to lower CO2 emissions. Schemes such as the Flight Efficiency Plan (FEP), developed in Italy over the last 10 years, are heading in precisely this direction, namely to guarantee that airlines (and the general public) can benefit, with increasingly efficient flight profiles, direct routes with positive effects on costs, consumption and harmful emissions.
Within this route efficiency plan, in December 2016, 5 years ahead of the term defined by the European regulation of the Single European Sky, ENAV implemented the Free Route Italy, a revolutionary project which made it possible for all aircraft flying over an altitude of 9,000 metres to cross Italian skies with a direct route, no longer referring to a pre-defined route network. Thanks to Free Route, in 2017, it was possible to generate an annual savings of about 30 million kg of fuel, equal to about 95 million kg of CO2 that were not dispersed in the environment. The figures achieved in 2018 were even better: thanks to airlines being able to choose more efficient routes, the distance flown by planes last year decreased by 12 million km with a subsequent reduction of 43 million kg of fuel and about 135 million fewer CO2 emissions.
All of these revolutionary operational innovations have been launched without compromising a record that ENAV has held for many years in Europe among the main ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers):1 namely the capacity to reduce to a minimum the delays that are caused by air traffic control, with huge benefits for carriers, but also in general for all air transport users in Italy, as well as a significant impact on fuel consumption and the resulting CO2 emissions.
The path undertaken by ENAV as part of its corporate social responsibility has been a long one and focuses on these aspects, alongside which a system of indicators has been developed (available at the end of this document) which allows the company not only to be compliant with the rules (Legislative Decree 254/2016) but also to have a scorecard to show strengths and weaknesses in an objective way.
The work on the indicators has made clear the need to go beyond regulatory compliance and develop a virtuous approach to sustainability.
If the firm’s ultimate objective is to create value, the underlying processes must be sustainable, that is to say long-lasting inasmuch as they can involve and reward the various stakeholders that contribute resources that enable the company to be successful over time. This means that the processes must consolidate the business by protecting the interests of the stakeholders from damage to the company’s image or reputation that may be concealed in any organisation.
Based on these principles, a path has been undertaken that has been defined as “from compliance to value creation” whose ultimate objective, in a not too distant future, is total integration between sustainability and business strategies.
This path has been developed on the basis of four main drivers: a clear and resolute commitment on the part of the top management, the creation of an organisational structure dedicated to the CSR (able to define objectives and follow the deployment of projects), the launch of a change management process that also focuses on a culture of sustainability, and the introduction of measurement and incentive systems dedicated to sustainability.
On the basis of these 4 lines of action and with the objective of achieving total integration between company strategies and sustainability, a series of initiatives and projects were developed during the year that allowed the company to redefine its approach to sustainability.
The following initiatives are worth mentioning:
From compliance to value creation