CNH Industrial is committed to improving employee commutes to work by encouraging the efficient use and integration of available transport systems and by subsidizing eco-friendly mobility solutions. This approach is beneficial not only in terms of environmental impact, but also of employee satisfaction and wellbeing, as it lowers commute times and costs, the risk of accidents, and stress, and increases opportunities for socializing among colleagues.
The Company takes part in collaborative initiatives for sustainable mobility, exploiting all available synergies with its neighboring plants. These projects are designed in collaboration with both local authorities and public transport companies. From an organizational viewpoint, there is a mobility manager at every plant, responsible for implementing solutions to improve sustainable mobility with the support of other corporate functions.
Furthermore, in 2014, a unified team was established to oversee the mobility management at all Italian plants; the team meets regularly to coordinate activities and exchange good practices.
All initiatives related to mobility in Italy are encompassed within the project Easygo - Muoversi con intelligenza (i.e., smart commuting), which is built around:
- collaborations with local public transport companies
- the redevelopment of parking areas for bicycles and motorcycles
- shuttle services in addition to regular public transport.
Several initiatives were developed in Italy in 2014, including an agreement signed to promote sustainable mobility plans to improve employee commutes to/from the plants in Modena and San Matteo. The collaboration with local public transport management authorities and CNH Industrial’s commitment enabled employees to enjoy multiple benefits on train and/or bus services, such as: the purchase of a yearly pass at the workplace; payment for the yearly pass in ten installments via payroll deductions; and an 11% discount on the yearly pass.
Moreover, the ongoing collaboration on sustainable mobility between local authorities and plants in the Italian Commercial Vehicles segment led to a new line of public buses serving the plant in Piacenza, and to more parking areas for bicycles (quite popular among employees, especially in the warmer seasons) at the plant in Bolzano.
Meanwhile, a course on safe and eco-friendly driving was offered to employees at the plant in Vittorio Veneto.
An awareness campaign, including a contest and giveaway prizes, was launched at the Powertrain plants in Foggia and Pregnana Milanese to promote use of the Easygo portal. At both plants, 5% of employees adhered to the initiative in the portal’s first year. Information on available means and services to commute efficiently to Company facilities are available online via a dedicated website, which can also be used by employees to submit suggestions for service improvement.
In 2014, mainly thanks to mobility management activities, the Italian Commercial Vehicles and Powertrain plants combined cut CO2 emissions by 1,061 tons.
Mobility Plans were also implemented at the plants in Basildon (UK), and Madrid and Valladolid (Spain), in parallel with plants in Italy, providing for the evaluation of local contexts, the analysis of employee commuting habits and related CO2 emissions, and potential improvement measures, also aiming at motivating employees to use more sustainable means of transport. Moreover, the plant in Basildon received the Bronze Award from the local municipality for the processes implemented in favor of alternative mobility.
At the Powertrain plant in Bourbon Lancy (France), the data collected during the 2013 internal survey was analyzed, showing that 17% of employees use local public transportation, an option enthusiastically endorsed by the plant. In 2015, the plant will evaluate supporting the carpooling system already in use at other French sites.
In 2014, in keeping with previous years, the Commercial Vehicles plants in Vénissieux and Saint Priest (France) participated in the fourth mobility challenge Au travail, j’y vais autrement, organized by the Rhône-Alpes Regional Authority. The initiative promotes all alternative transportation methods through recreational competitions organized at various public and private companies. More than 550 kilometers were covered in Venissieux and Saint Priest using alternative means of transport (on foot, bicycle, and public transportation, and via carpooling), preventing the emission of more than 60 kilos of CO2 in one day.
Numerous other initiatives for sustainable mobility are in place at various plants worldwide. In particular, plants often offer shuttle services to enable employees to commute from the workplace to nearby strategic points, as in Annonay (France), Madrid and Valladolid (Spain), Pithampur (India), Harbin (China) and multiple locations in Brazil (Contagem, Curitiba, Piracicaba, Sete Lagoas and Sorocaba).
Since 2011, CNH Industrial has continuously monitored the CO2 emissions deriving from employees’ business travel by air to assess the impact. In 2014, the emissions resulting from the air travel of employees managed directly by Company headquarters totaled approximately ten thousand tons of CO2, a 22% decrease over the previous year. The CO2 emissions recorded in 2014 are the result of 19,855 business trips (-19% versus 2013), 68.5% of which were medium haul1. This figure was calculated according to the Defra/GHG Protocol and certified by Atmosfair, a climate protection organization with a particular focus on the environmental impact of travel. In many cases, air travel is unavoidable, in part because of the broad geographic dislocation of CNH Industrial sites.
Emissions undoubtedly constitute the most significant environmental impact, as CO2 is an inevitable by-product of fuel combustion in aircraft2. However, business transfers are rationalized, partly through an internal awareness campaign (see also page 88), and their environmental impacts contained, through computer technology (Internet and electronic communication systems) enabling worldwide employee interactions.
In 2014, audio conferencing and instant messaging services were enhanced, reaching approximately 32 thousand users, with an average of approximately 5,200 desktop sharing sessions and 1,800 instant messaging sessions per day. Since 2011, CNH Industrial has also been investing in the phase-in of video conference facilities, and in 2014 it further enhanced its high-quality TelePresence videoconferencing system. Sixteen specially-equipped conference rooms were added, reaching a total of 43 (26 in 2013); the facilities were used for more than 5,770 hours a month throughout the year (2,480 in 2013). Virtual tools contribute to reducing emissions and costs, while allowing employees to work from their offices rather than travel long distances.
In compliance with its Environmental Policy, CNH Industrial is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its ICT activities by using energy-efficient products and solutions. Indeed, the Company implemented the Green ICT plan precisely to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
In 2014, a multi-year strategic contract was renewed with a major provider that will manage the Company’s IT infrastructure and services worldwide; sustainability requirements were incorporated in the tender, becoming an integral part of the new services contract.
In 2014, approximately 6,550 personal computers and 889 technical workstations were replaced with new equipment featuring more efficient power supply units, optimizing the consumption of electricity drawn from the grid and preventing the emission of approximately 191 metric tons of CO2 compared with 20103. The target for 2015 is to replace additional units, reducing CO2 emissions by 210 tons compared with 2010.
Additionally, approximately 5,390 computer monitors were replaced with new EnergyStar and EPEAT Silver/ Gold rated units, which comply with environmental requirements concerning product energy consumption and efficiency, the use of hazardous substances, recyclability, packaging materials, and low-impact manufacturing methods. CNH Industrial rents its PCs, technical workstations, and computer monitors; when no longer usable, they are returned to the rental company, which handles their subsequent life cycle stages. In forthcoming ICT supply contract tenders, the assessment of suppliers will include sustainability targets and specifications.
Lastly, in 2014, as part of the project to optimize printing systems, the management services contract for multifunction printers was extended until 2018. A total of 1,030 units have been replaced since 2009, with a reduction in annual consumption of more than 1,870 MWh (equivalent to approximately 975 metric tons in CO2 reductions). Additional units will be installed in 2015 under the new supply contract, according to a targeted replacement plan.
As regards the Data Center, which includes the computer systems hosting the IT applications and services, servers continued to be downsized, consolidated, and virtualized to optimize energy consumption. Approximately 28 physical servers were eliminated, 38 physical servers were virtualized, and 55 new virtual servers were created, reducing annual consumption by about 3,583 MWh over 2010 (equivalent to approximately 1,692 metric tons in CO2 reductions).
(1) Medium-haul transfers are those from 500 to 1,600 kilometers.
(2) According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), aircraft emit gases and particles directly into the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere where they: alter atmospheric composition, particularly of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), ozone (O3) and methane (CH4); trigger the formation of condensation trails; and increase cirrus cloudiness. All of these elements modify the absorption and refraction of infrared radiation, hence contributing to the greenhouse effect. Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 1999 – Aviation and the Global Atmosphere (Summary for Policymakers) – A special report of IPCC – Working Groups I and III in collaboration with the Scientific Assessment Panel to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
(3) The conversion factor used is: 1 kWh = 0.52 kilos of CO2 (source: Carbon Trust, Conversion Factors, 2011).