The FS Group for the mobility of the present and the future

The Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group is striving to create an ecosystem of sustainable mobility and integrated logistics that can count on interconnected and resilient infrastructure.

By investing heavily, improving services and promoting transport solutions that have less environmental impact, we intend to move towards a new business vision focused on responsible development that respects natural balances and creates lasting value for the entire community. By pursuing its business, FS thus contributes to Italy’s economic recovery, generating growth and job opportunities.

Sustainability is thus at the heart of the company’s values. This is the compass that points towards the way to meet the challenges of the future. First and foremost are those regarding climate change and energy transition.

In line with the Green Deal, and a good 10 years ahead of the target set by Europe, the FS Group intends to become carbon neutral by zeroing out CO₂ emissions to reduce its climate impact.


The highlights of sustainability

> 92,89%
passenger traffic on the electrified railway network
> 98,27%
freight traffic on the electrified railway network
12,5 € bn
of capital expenditure
~ 4,1 € bn
investments in non-routine maintenance, security, and technologies

Sustainability at the heart of the Industrial Plan

In the 2022–2031 Industrial Plan, sustainability is a structural strategic factor and the guiding criterion for all actions.

The main objectives planned are: to encourage multimodal collective transport in order to be the first choice for travel at the expense of private vehicles; to enhance freight transport by rail; to integrate rail and road infrastructure and render them resilient; to increase the degree of energy autonomy.

FS Group aims to self-produce at least 40 per cent of its energy needs using renewable sources by installing photovoltaic and wind power systems in stations and railway areas.

The plan is accompanied by a redefinition of governance and a new organisational structure of the Group comprised of four Business Hubs.


Sustainability objectives and contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda

The FS Group has identified certain priority areas for action and targets through which it also contributes to the fulfilment of the UN 2030 Agenda. Indeed, the company’s various activities can impact upon all 17 Goals of the United Nations.

 

  • -50% CO₂ emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 2030
  • -30% CO₂ emissions (scope 3) by 2030
 
  • Improved punctuality, regularity and satisfaction
  • Improving ESG ratings
 
  • 32.4% presence of women in managerial roles by 2026
  • 36.4% presence of women in managerial roles by 2031
  • Continuous development of human capital
 
  • 100% ESG-assessed suppliers from 2026
  • 12,000 trees and shrubs planted near stations
  • 2.3 million square metres of green areas for urban regeneration
 
  • Leader in Europa per la sicurezza di viaggiatori e dipendenti

Sustainability milestones year-by-year

2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2008

Publication of the first Sustainability Report (GRI level C)

2008

Signing of the European Solidarity Charter

2009

Sustainability Report certification (level B+)

2010

Creation of “green tickets” to promote awareness about responsible travel choices

2010

1st ISO14064-1 carbon footprint certification for the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions produced by railway infrastructure construction

2010

Signing of the UIC (the International Union of Railways) Declaration on Sustainable Mobility & Transport

2011

Implementation of the sustainability performance management process (SAP SuPM) IT platform

2011

Sustainability Report certification (GRI level A+)

2011

ISO14001 certification for FS S.p.A. environmental management system, including governance processes for its subsidiaries

2011

Creation of the service for passengers with reduced mobility for all railway companies in the network

2011

Financial statements “Oscar” award

2012

Sodalitas Social Award for best corporate social responsibility project “A heart in station” – Help Centres in Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Messina Centrale e Torino Porta Nuova

2012

Organization of the “12th UIC Sustainability Conference” in Venice

2012

Decisive openness towards intermodality and sustainable mobility: Frecce + Car sharing project in 10 Italian cities, price reduction for a folding bicycle to Cartafreccia members

2013

1st Group stakeholder panel

2013

Fondazione FS is established

2014

Official Global Rail Carrier for Expo 2015

2014

FederMobility Representative Medal for “Green Express” programme for combined rail and road transport

2014

“Excellence in Maintenance” award  for the railway network by the Italian Maintenance Society

2015

FS Italiane Group wins the Best Employer of Choice contest for the first time

2015

1st environmental MbO assigned to middle management of 11 Group companies

2016

Creation of a Group Sustainability Committee

2016

1st GRI G4 (comprehensive) Sustainability Report

2017

1st induction of FS S.p.A.’s Board of Directors and Sustainability Committee

2017

1st green bond issue

2017

Main Italian subsidiaries complete the ISO14001 certification process

2017

Inclusion of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) assessment in tenders for the assessment of suppliers’ sustainability

2017

The Group joined the UN’s Global Compact network

2018

1st stakeholder panel to define long-term objectives

2018

1st GRI Sustainability Report

2018

1st Non-Financial Disclosure

2018

Pilot project for the measurement of external impacts (social, environmental and economic impacts)

2018

Smartworking rolled out to balance group employees’ work/life balance

2018

10 years of sustainability 2008-2018

2019

Group’s long-term Goals approval 

2019

Publication of the Group’s sustainability governance model

2019

Group’s Sustainability Policy

2019

2nd green bond issue

2020

Reached the A- level in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

2020

Preparation of the “Sustainable procurement management guidelines”

2020

Saved over 100,000 tCO2 by purchasing green energy for the entire energy consumption of the road network

2020

#RestartingTogether campaign about the Group’s efforts, initiatives and actions during the Covid-19 emergency

2020

FS placed first in the ranking Most attractive Employers Italy 2020

2021

FS Group achieves a Level B in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) climate change questionnaire

2021

Guidelines for sustainable procurement management

2021

Around 30,000 tonnes of CO₂ saved compared to the previous year on railway traction consumption

2021

Continued implementation of measures to safeguard against the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic in the workplace

2021

FS Group is the Most Attractive Employer Italy in the Passengers & Transportation category according to the Business Students of Universum research


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