Sustainability Report 2019 - Consolidated non-financial statement under the Italian Legislative Decree 254/2016.
Beginning this year we will also be publishing data relating to two major stakes in jointlycontrolled companies (which are not consolidated using the line-by-line method): Cimento Nacional (BCPAR) in Brazil and Corporación Moctezuma in Mexico. This decision is in line with the recommendations of the NFD and also strongly backed by our Board of Directors.
Another important development is the new organizational structure of Sustainability. The Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) of Buzzi Unicem group will be supported by the three Sustainability Area Committees (SAC) for Italy, the US and Dyckerhoff . The aim of the three SAC is to improve the implementation of the sustainability initiatives established by the Group SSC and to contribute towards the objectives set at a consolidated level being reached at a local level.
As confirmation of our commitment to addressing the challenges associated with climate change, we have created two new Task Forces at the Group level. The first is dedicated to promoting, coordinating and monitoring initiatives for reaching the goals for the reduction of CO2 emissions in line with that established under our Climate Change Policy; the second aims to coordinate conversations and communications with investors and financial institutions on the subject of tackling climate change. These two Task Forces are directly involved in updating the Materiality Matrix and serve to highlight the growing interest towards non-financial performance even within the financial sector.
2019 was the second year in implementation of our five-year plan for the reduction of direct CO2 emissions. This year we will also be publishing the distinction between gross and net emissions. Compared to 2018, with an increase in production of binders of almost 1,500,000 tons, the indicator went from 690 to 688 kg of “Scope 1” gross CO2 per ton of cementitious material. We confirm our aim to reach our target of 662 kg of “Scope 1” gross CO2 per ton of cementitious material in 2022. Indirect CO2 emissions (“Scope 2”), resulting from the use of electrical energy, increased slightly compared to 2017. The greater costs associated with certifying electricity generated from renewable sources still significantly limits use in all countries.
The number of injuries follows the positive trend from recent years and is slightly lower than last year. Despite our constant commitment and attention, in 2019 we recorded a fatal injury involving a contractors’ worker. We need to keep our guard up and ensure continuity and eff ectiveness in preventative actions and demand conduct from our suppliers that is in line with internal standards.
In 2019 we also consolidated our initiatives for involving local bodies and communities near our cement production plants in order to improve collaborations and partnerships with them. The Family & Friends event hosted by the cement factory in Monselice in Italy was certainly a concrete and successful example of this.
In later parts of this Sustainability Report you will also find details of all our non-financial performance. We hope that you appreciate the results we have achieved. We are committed and dedicated to further improving these in the future.