Piaggio and the environment

In keeping with the principles set forth in its Code of Ethics, the Piaggio Group operates at a global level with “choices of investment and of industrial and commercial initiatives […..] based on the respect of the environment and of public health.” (article 7). 
In particular “In compliance with the applicable regulations, the Company has respect for environmental issues in determining its choices, also adopting – where operationally and economically compatible and possible – eco-compatible technologies and methods of production, with the purpose of reducing the environmental impact of its own activities.” (article 8).

The Piaggio Group firmly believes that safeguarding the environment while carrying out all Company operations is essential for mankind, technology and nature to coexist peacefully. It is convinced that commitment to sustainable development is not only a business ethic, but also an important variable of all corporate strategies. The Group therefore makes sustainable products, which must be manufactured using production facilities with the minimum environmental impact.
The Piaggio Group, which has expanded some production sites, is continuing its environmental policy to cut down on the use of natural resources and minimise harmful emissions and production-related waste. With these objectives in mind, initiatives focus on the following areas:

  • maintaining environmental certification awarded to the Group's production sites;
  • reducing energy consumption;
  • reducing emissions of CO2 and other pollutants;
  • conserving water resources;
  • waste handling and recovery.

In the context of management systems, ISO 14001 environmental certification enables Piaggio to adopt a structured and co-ordinated approach to management at the Group's sites, so it may define environmental objectives and identify risks and opportunities for improvement, ensure compliance with all environmental laws and regulations, reduce energy costs, manage waste and raw materials, and put in place a process for the continuous improvement of its environmental performance.
The Piaggio Group holds certification for the Environment (ISO 14001) for the three Italian sites, for the Vinh Phuc Vietnamese plant and for the Indian plant for the production of Vespas which it obtained in September 2013.

During 2013, no damage was caused to the environment for which the Company was declared as being definitively liable, nor were sanctions or penalties applied for offences concerning the environment or for environmental damage.

Piaggio's focus on the environmental impact of its operations is also reflected by its CSR Report, which it has published since 2008, defining its commitments and describing its performance to stakeholders.

Main environmental performance indicators

Piaggio is committed to improving the management of environmental processes, targeting lower energy consumption, less pollutant emissions and a lower production of waste and use of water, however the Piaggio Group's environmental performance in the 2011-2013 period was considerably affected by production volumes in different local areas.

Consumption and emissions were generally down. The slowdown in production activities of Italian sites in 2013, and the closure of the Spanish site, were only partially offset by the production increase at the Baramati and Vinh Phuc sites.

Water consumption was down at all sites. This is due not only to a decrease in production activities, but also to ongoing actions by Piaggio to further reduce consumption, such as the changes made to the painting lines at Pontedera and Vinh Phuc.

Consumption has gone up, due to the first-time inclusion of waste from aluminium items produced outside the Pontedera site, as well as the occasional scrapping of obsolete materials.

Piaggio Group energy consumption

Piaggio Group energy consumption

* The figures are calculated using conversion standards defined by the GRI G3 guidelines (1 gallon of diesel = 0.138 GJ; 1,000 m3 of natural gas = 39.01 GJ; 1 Kwh = 0.0036 GJ). For LPG, a standard conversion factor of one kilogram of LPG = 46.1 MJ was used.

CO2 emissions of the Piaggio Group (Equivalent Tons)


Water supplies of the Piaggio Group (m3)


Waste produced by the Piaggio Group