Ferrari’s efforts relating to sustainability come to fruition in the polluting emissions reduction programme, through the improvement of efficiency in the cars themselves and in the production process and through the Formula Uomo project launched in the early Nineties by President Luca di Montezemolo.
This involves seeing the personnel as the cornerstone of the company’s activities. The concept of environmental sustainability, a responsibility towards the community that is home to the Maranello campus and to its own workforce, is therefore inextricably linked to the quality and safety of the working environment, a unique formula without parallel in the world.
Ferrari has invested heavily in the strategic area of the environment since 2001, when the company was given the ISO 14001 certification, which was then reconfirmed in 2010. In 2007, it received the Integrated Environmental Authorisation, while 2008 saw the start of self-produced energy with the first solar panels fitted over the Machining building. From 2009, the biggest energy producing plant in Italy went into operation, producing electricity and hot and cold water, using natural gas. Added to this in 2011 was a second solar panel installation over the Wind Tunnel offices. With the linking up of all its buildings Ferrari is now completely independent in terms of energy production, achieving a reduction in CO2 emissions of 42.1% and 66% of Particulate Matter (PM.) Ferrari has thus reached the Kyoto objectives well ahead of schedule and with double the figures required in Europe. The energy project forms part of the Formula Uomo project, with the aim of putting the workforce, their needs and abilities at the heart of the company’s activities.
As for the actual cars, in 2007, Ferrari set itself the target of achieving a 40% reduction in consumption and emissions for the range by the end of 2012, through the application of a road map that aimed for an improvement in energy efficiency (increasing the energy produced) and the vehicle as a whole (reducing its energy requirements.) Hitting these targets in conditions of real use of the cars by their owners definitely did not stop the research in these areas carried out by the Maranello engineers, with the result that the first months of 2013 saw the introduction of the first Ferrari that makes use of hybrid technology.
A new gas furnace has been fitted for the production of the main engine components (cylinder heads, cam covers, cranckases, sumps) through the fusion of aluminium. Apart from ensuring even higher quality of manufacture, the furnace consumes 70% less energy, while at the same time increasing the smelting capacity to 1500 kg per hour.
Furthermore thanks to the automation of the loading-unloading procedure, the new installation has significantly increased the safety levels for the workers, who are no longer exposed to the line of fire.
The quality of the cars cannot be disassociated from the quality of life of those who work at Ferrari. Good lighting, air conditioning, a low environmental impact, safety, noise control, green and restful areas, along with the most advanced technologies, are the stand out features of an organisation based on the principles of Formula Uomo. The project was established to allow all employees to best express their talent, creativity and passion.
Over the past few years, further significant investment has been made to increase the green areas. These can be found both inside and out of the various factory buildings and today cover a surface area of 165,000 square metres. Aloe arborescens, buddleja blue and dianthus carthusianorum are just some of the hundreds of plant species than one can admire when strolling through the grounds of Maranello. Sitting on a bench surrounded by greenery during a break, looking out the window drawn by the sound of an engine and even on the production line, it’s inevitable that ones eyes are drawn to a bush in flower, some ferns or an evergreen tree. The engine assembly line boasts orange poppies, while the mechanical department has tropical lilies, gems of rare beauty that flower within the buildings. And that’s not all, with 25,000 flowerbeds, gardens and all sorts of trees, the Ferrari campus is an innovative workplace where people’s wellbeing and the quality of the working environment always come first.
There has also been a huge investment in safety at work, through the actual structures and specific training, which has achieved significant results in all sections of the company. Particularly effective has been the programme to highlight so called near misses, which is to say, events that could have caused accidents, thanks to an effective involvement of the employees. Still on the topic of safety, there are defibrillators in every building.