We are all living phases of great changes, which will last long time and will impose to everyone (citizens, institutions and corporations) coherent behaviors. The recent accident at the Fukushima nuclear Power Station in Japan has been impressive, along with the past one at the Chernobyl power station and it has influenced the future of those countries and of the entire world.
These changes, including the recent Iraqi war and the crisis in Lybia, where oil is present, give a further push to the future of Energy power generation business which should not only depend from nuclear or fossil fuels. We are moving the world towards using all remaining fossil fuels, contaminating the air and green lands. This is obviously worrying many people but there is no magic or a “Deus ex Machina” which could respond to the growing energy demand of over 7 Billion people.
A less dangerous way for producing energy is anyway appearing to become true considering all renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermic... All of these sources represent today only 2.7% of energy consumption, but some countries are already committed to drastically increase this share e.g. Germany and China. Other countries will have to follow quickly. Since 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the corporate sector has certainly started speaking loudly about its role in promoting the “green economy”.
Today, it is hard to find a large company that does not issue an annual corporate responsibility report or whose website has no “sustainability” section. The idea that businesses can use profit-making activities to supply clean energy is a seductive one. While global leaders gather at the Earth Summit, the question is whether corporations will do this on a big enough scale to make a difference to global challenges such as climate change. Last year, one of the world’s leading management gurus even weighed in on the subject. In “Creating Shared Value”, Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter, with his co-author Mark Kramer, argued that if commercial activities benefit communities and the environment, they have the potential to generate positive growth for the whole Society. But while rethoric is impressive, and many companies have been quick to announce their adoption of Porter’s “shared value” principles, it can be hard to distinguish genuine action from public relations noise. Private sector involvement is seen as a possible solution to help developing countries adapt to climate change and we at LAE and the TRAFOGRID alliance are committed to that involvement as we feel it from our heart; furthermore, working in the energy business and in many of these developing countries, we are sure we can make the difference proposing new energy saving production processes to produce high quality transformers which will save energy themselves. More and more companies see sustainable business as going beyond minimizing the environmental footprint created by their activities.
LAE management now believe their responsibility extend to managing the impact on the communities that are their allied partner, customers and employees, as every single person and even more every single company can do a lot on this subject. Only where the case for “Inclusive business” is not so strong, or companies do not feel the need to make long term commitments, the temptation can be to seek only suppliers that offer the lowest prices.
Alex Bertuzzi, LAE MD (giugno 2012)
LAE company is including GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY in its mission and many actions have been already taken by the company in order to pursue its mission as follows:
Renewable sources as electrical energy
LAE has installed on its company roof 160 KW of photovoltaic cells in order to generate all the energy it needs, returning to the net the energy not utilized.
Energy saving machines
LAE new designed machines include drivers and electronic systems which support energy saving solutions which recuperate energy on motors deceleration to be used on-line with similar principle as trains or tram systems or the newest hybrid cars. This solution allows LAE customers to benefit from energy saving machine solutions. The new core cutting line TO 25 and TE 45 include this solution.
The whole company operate for the differentiation and recycling of litter such as paper, plastic, glass and metals, contributing to the reduction of litter and recycling of raw materials