FPT Industrial, the Iveco Group brand dedicated to the design and manufacture of low-environmental-impact mobility solutions, and Edison Next, the Edison Group company that guides companies and regions through the decarbonization process, have created the first biomonitoring station using bees in FPT Industrial’s Turin Stura site. FPT Industrial is continuing its commitment to sustainability, which translates into a constant reduction in the impact of its products and processes on the surrounding environment, as well as numerous projects in support of local communities. Edison Next is continuously engaged in developing energy transition pathways that protect the environment, as well as through efficient use of resources, including safeguarding of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Bees are considered to be “air quality sentries,” because they represent a reliable biological indicator of the state of health of the wider environment and play a strategic role in safeguarding biodiversity. These creatures are highly sensitive to environmental changes caused by pollutants and, alongside their products (honey, wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly) act as a complete biosensor, able to provide a significant quantity of information on the state of health of the environment. Bees also play an important role in theSource: FPT IndustrialSource: FPT Industrial preservation of the flora through pollination.

The biomonitoring station in Stura is home to six hives of Italian bees, Apis mellifera ligustica, a subspecies of the western honeybee. The lime (linden), wildflower and acacia honeys produced by the work of these hives are of excellent quality, so much so that they have recently received quality recognition at the 15th regional “Ferrere Miele” competition.

Edison Next manages the energy and environmental services for FPT Industrial, and at this site oversees production and distribution of heat energy and electricity and the production of steam and water for heating and cooling, right through to production waste and wastewater management.

At the site, Edison Next has contributed to the creation of the new ePowertrain plant using innovative energy solutions; inaugurated last October, it is entirely dedicated to the production of FPT Industrial’s electric range. The new plant marks a further important step in the brand’s decarbonization pathway and in its strategy for achieving net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for its products and for all its industrial activities.

The new production plant is the first totally carbon-neutral plant in the Iveco Group and generates renewable energy through the solar panels installed on the facade as well as innovative technologies such as the “mini Wind Tower” and the “Smartflower,” installed by Edison Next. Within the site is also found the new Iveco Group Sustainability Garden, an area of 6,000 m2 planted with over 100 drought-resistant native species, which all offer excellent CO2 absorbing properties.

FPT Industrial also monitors the environmental impact of its production sites through application of the BRE – Biodiversity Risk Evaluation methodology. Developed in 2018, it provides information on the biodiversity around the plant, measures the risks associated with the industrial activities, and defines a framework of interventions to limit the factors that could have a negative influence on maintaining that biodiversity. At FPT Industrial’s Turin site, the BRE has been applied since 2021 through observation of the surrounding protected nature areas, such as the Parco del Meisino park, at the confluence of the Po river and its tributary the Stura di Lanzo.

Biomonitoring stations are one of many elements of FPT Industrial’s strategy designed to implement concrete actions to counter pollution, protect the environment and safeguard natural resources, through ever-more sustainable products and processes.

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