Planet:What will the world look like in 100 years?

Even though ecosustainability implies costs and ongoing difficulties, it is indispensable.
If we were to ignore it, we would run even higher risks for our future

Il valore dei risultatiThe environmental question has become a global challenge that is expected to involve the entire world population in the coming years.
The commitment towards ecosustainability is complex and involves several areas, from climate change to energy supply and waste disposal. This is an issuecommon to people, organizations and institutions all over the world. Moreover, in recent years it has become increasingly clear that agreements or internation altreaties are no longer sufficient to face this challenge.
What makes the difference is the contribution of each single individual, by modifying one’s own simple daily routines without prejudicing one’s quality of life or that of one’s children, but instead ensuring them a better future.

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Ecosustainability implies high costs and ongoing difficulties. However, avoiding this orientation would entail risks that are enormously higher in comparison to the burdensome initial efforts. For this reason, Autogrill Group recognizes its responsibilities vis-à-vis reducing energy, water and raw material consumption in favor of clean and renewable energy sources, recycled materials and a lower impact on the environment, despite the fact that the company leaves a deep carbon footprint.

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This is what led the Group to further commit to ecosustainability and environmental protection for the purpose of defining strategies targeting the reduction of the carbon footprint, investing in the research and development of solutions that enhance the quality of the environment and promoting innovative projects that involve all the different stakeholders.

This is an important commitment for Autogrill Group, which translates into concrete actions: from store layout design and restyling in full compliance with ecosustainable principles to the logistic improvement necessary to refurbish the Group’s commercial offer. The commitment to ecosustainability also means to focus on process improvement and the ongoing search for new equipment, to achieve a reduction of traditional energy consumption in favor of energy from renewable sources, like geothermal and photovoltaic energy.

Ecosustainability also means protecting the habitat hosting the locations in which the Group operates, like the World Duty–Free Warehouse (UK), located in a historical area, where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215, close by the Thames, or the Casilina Est  petrol station, along the Rome-Naples A1 highway (Italy), where an ancient necropolis was discovered, yielding important archeological finds, including an extremely rare funeral bed from the Hellenistic period, which has been put on display in a museum showcase, a terraced garden and a series of walls in crystal glass that give travellers a clear view of the archeological site.

Sustainability is synonymous with regeneration and balance and represents Autogrill Group’s commitment to building a store internal and external environment that meets safety standards and satisfies comfort, relaxation and hospitality needs and expectations.
This orientation helped the Group win the DfA–Start award for the ecosustainable store of Mensa di Ravenna (Italy), assigned by the non-profit Design for All association to companies engaged in projects focused on everybody’s access to the locations and attention to sustainability.

THE NEW CONTRACTS

In 2010 Autogrill obtained the renewal of important contracts and secured significant new assignments in terms of both size and strategic importance.

In particular, in the Food & Beverage sector, the Group has:
• extended its presence on Italian highways thanks to the agreement stipulated with Esso Italiana, which included the management of approximately 80 petrol stations by Autogrill Group;
• enhanced its presence in North America both in the highway channel – through a 50-year renewal of the concession on two important Canadian highways – and in the airport channel, through the assignment of new concessions in the San Antonio, San Francisco, Sacramento and Miami airports and the renewal of the concessions in the Anchorage and Toronto airports;
• consolidated its presence in the airport channel in Switzerland through the renewal of the concession at the Zurich airport until 2018.

In the Travel Retail & Duty–Free sector the Group has:
• signed the extension until 2012 of the concession in airports of the Iberian Peninsula (except for Madrid, where the contract was not close to expiry);
• reinforced its presence in the UK through the extension until 2021 of the concessions in the Birmingham and Manchester airports.