MILAN, June 6, 2019 - #BeatAirPollution was the rallying cry for World Environment Day 2019, which Salini Impregilo celebrated at work sites throughout the world to remind workers of the significance of the event promoted by the United Nations. This year, it focused on the fight against air pollution. This call to action was made to citizens and governments to fight it in all its forms and counteract global warming and its damaging effects on public health.
The fight, as the UN recalled, has become ever more pressing. Nine people out of 10 in the world are exposed to air pollutants that exceed the levels considered safe by the World Health Organization. About seven million premature deaths related to air pollution occur every year. “We can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of our air,” said the UN.
Salini Impregilo expresses its commitment every day by taking part in the development of the kind of infrastructure that is recognised by the UN as playing a crucial role in helping the world attain the Sustainable Development Goals over the long term.
The Group, which is active in some 50 countries, supports clients in strategic areas that fight pollution such as the production of clean energy, the management of water resources, and mobility. It builds projects that contribute to the well-being of communities and their economic growth. The Group helps them address problems such as road traffic congestion, which weighs 0.7% on the gross domestic product of the United States, 2% on that of Europe and between 2% and 5% on that of Asia.
Metro systems and high-speed trains, both fundamental infrastructure for sustainable mobility, represent one of the core businesses of Salini Impregilo. The Group, which aims to become more competitive in the global market via Progetto Italia (Project Italy) - an operation of industrial consolidation involving construction companies in Italy to create an infrastructure giant – is involved in the development of nine metro systems that, once completed, will carry a combined total of some four million people every day, including the Grand Paris Express in France; the Red Line in Doha, Qatar; Line 3 of Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia; and Cityringen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The high-speed train lines that Salini Impregilo is helping build are bringing the world closer together. In Europe, Salini Impregilo is participating in the creation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) through projects such the Naples-Cancello and Genoa-Milan lines. Abroad, it is working on a section of a line that will connect Istanbul with the Bulgarian border.