Green procurement

Also on the purchasing and management side of suppliers, the ENAV Group wanted to begin initiatives and practices aimed at having a positive impact on the environment.

Green Procurement, in line with the Europa 2020 strategic framework of sustainability policies, aims to pursue the objective of operating responsibly towards the environment, the guiding principle of the activities of all the Group companies.

The actions put in place within Green Procurement further aim to be in line with the strategic framework of the sustainability policies at an international level, with the Europe 2020 strategy dictates, and with the policies for efficiency in the use of resources. These policies affirm that, by modifying the consumption patterns of private and public buyers, this will lead to the achievement of more efficient use of resources and often even net direct economies, thus working to strengthen the global demand for services and products that are more efficient at a resource level.

Also in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Green Policy of Europa 2020, the companies of the ENAV Group undertake to purchase goods and services that during their life cycle:






The selection procedures for suppliers and the execution of contracts are today, therefore, even more marked by the need to reduce the environmental impacts of goods, services and works, as well as the impacts that Green Purchasing Policy may have on internal stakeholders and those along the supply chains. A transparent accounting must thus be done regarding the commitments made, the actions carried out and the goals achieved in the management of purchases and supply chains, which play a central role in the adoption of the social responsibility policies of organisations.

With the implementation of the Green Purchasing Policy, the virtuous actions already disseminated within the Group are also valued and systematised, and the whole of the common values of environmental and social sustainability are shared, around which converge the commitment and sensibility of individuals, as well as the organisation as a whole.

Green Purchases, and in particular those of energyefficient goods and services, will, over time, be strengthened and must constitute a common standard for all sites, through the involvement of purchasing managers and the technical sectors involved. In order to ensure that environmental criteria become an integral part of the technical specifications of goods, services and works and of the criteria for evaluating tenders, staff involved in the different stages of purchasing procedures, including those of identification of requirements, design and definition of technical characteristics, should be constantly sensitised and endowed with the knowledge and skills necessary to make choices that optimise environmental and social performance and the costs during the product life cycle. The ENAV Group has also initiated a full-visibility action of its Green Purchasing Policy to enable its suppliers of reference to adapt to the requirements of a more sustainable demand and to any new interlocutors to respond proactively, proposing innovative solutions that meet the renewed needs.

Green Procurement, representing a substantial change, is, as is obvious, developing in a gradual and continuous way through a series of key actions:

  • the selection of priority goods and services for the definition of environmental criteria to be included in the purchasing procedures;
  • the definition of procedures for the dissemination of green purchases at all facilities;
  • the definition of a communication programme aimed at current and potential suppliers;
  • the structuring of partnerships with strategic suppliers aiming at the creation of shared value;
  • the implementation of an internal awareness and training plan.

In order to achieve the objectives set by the Green Procurement internal practices, during 2017 ENAV has put in place some activities including: “green” questionnaires for qualifications and classes of product categories; Inclusion for Suppliers registered in the Works Qualification System (specific additional certifications in the airport area: ISO 14001 – F-GAS 303/08-30408 – “Business Partner” to work on the “Var Lenel Facility Commander Winx” systems, as required by the ENAV Security Department).

Aware of the impact that the introduction of the new internal practices would also produce on a whole series of business processes, ENAV has preceded the launch of the new internal practicesby a riskopportunity analysis related to the introduction of the environmental criteria, relating to ENAV’s purchase of goods and services and works.

This analysis, carried out for all those product categories with a high potential of interest in the introduction of environmental criteria, had a twofold objective: to inform the organisation about the risks and opportunities that may arise from the introduction green purchases for each commodity category (in order to adopt appropriate intervention strategies) and to identify the categories for which there are at the same time high opportunities and reduced risks in order to select the intervention priorities. In addition to maintaining, for the goods and services, the differentiation between auxiliary purchases (no core), and characteristic purchases (core), the analysis methodology was enriched and supplemented by elements that emerged from the comparison with ENAV’s Purchasing Department and the administration of questionnaires to the various players involved in the purchasing processes.

Also Techno Sky, in the selection process of suppliers, is very attentive to the profiles of sustainability, paying particular attention to factors such as:

  • The purchase of products and services that have a lower impact on the environment based on the method of realisation (e.g., stationery, PPE, furnishings);
  • CE certified products;
  • The dematerialisation of documents and use of technology (digital signature in tenders and signing of contracts, tender procedures in electronic mode).

In line with the Parent company’s internal practices, Techno Sky has launched a Green Public Procurement project in order to integrate environmental and social aspects into supplier selection/reliance activities, and an e-procurement project, in order to dematerialise the management of all stages of supplier selection/reliance.

The use of digital signatures in Group assignment procedures and the dematerialisation of documents significantly contributed to the reduction of direct and indirect costs (e.g., paper, printing, toner), while generating an increase in organisational efficiency (sustainability, security, authenticity).