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ITP wins the Madrid Community enviromental prize

Industria de Turbo Propulsores, S. A. (ITP), has won the Madrid Community Prize in the category for 'Environmental Management in Large Companies'. T

The prize is organised jointly by the Madrid Community Council for the Environment and Town and Country Planning, Madrid's official Chamber of Commerce and Industry and by CEIM, the Madrid Business Confederation, part of the Spanish Confederation of Business Associations (CEOE).

ITP, the nationwide leader in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautic and industrial gas turbines has been awarded the prize for its environmental management. This management of environmental aspects takes as its main focus the improvement and reduction of the environmental impact caused by its work centres and the ITP product throughout its entire life-cycle. It is integrated into all of the company's activities and is fulfilled by taking into account the effect of ITP's activity on its surroundings at both a global and a local level.

"Friendlier" Engines

ITP contributes to the design and development of engines that are more environmentally friendly by means of innovation. This takes the form of participation in more than twenty European R&D projects (highlights among which include the Silencer, Antle and Vital projects, dedicated to reductions in both noise and CO2 emissions), as well as the incorporation of the environmental factor into engineering projects and in the design process. The effects for the surrounding area are significant, given that the design improvements developed by ITP extend throughout the life-cycle of the engine and translate, for example, into lower fuel consumption, less generation of greenhouse gas emissions or lower noise levels.

It is noteworthy that ITP is the foremost Spanish company in terms of its ratio for turnover to R&D investment with an R&D total reaching 107 million Euros in 2007. A highlight in this area is its participation, with an estimated budget of 21 million Euros for the period 2008-2015, as an associated company in the 'Clean Sky' project that forms part of the European 'Green and Sustainable Engines' platform.

Cuts in Consumption

Currently, ITP innovation takes material form in the manufacture and assembly of aeronautic engines employing high technology materials, techniques and processes in which criteria for environmental controls and the development of the surrounding area carry great weight. This work is mainly carried out in the installations at its industrial plants in Zamudio (Vizcaya) and Ajalvir (Madrid).

Within ITP's maintenance activity, for which its main production centre is located in Ajalvir, special emphasis is given to criteria such as quality, environmental controls and safety in light of the great diversity and the nature of the substances and processes employed in the operations undertaken throughout the life-cycle of the engine. The incorporation of new technologies and the substitution of contaminating substances, combined with the total renovation of its installations, make the ITP plant in Ajalvir an exemplary case of what commitment and the capacity for growth and adaptation to change can achieve for sustainable development.

This centre has now completely eliminated the use of halogen solvents and has managed to reduce water consumption by a figure of 45,000 cubic metres annually.

Besides this, and also in the company's Ajalvir installations, the rate of residue recycling stands at over 50%. In the last five years, the total for harmful residues has been reduced by 40%, something which, apart from the major environmental improvement, has meant a financial saving of 25,000 Euros annually.

The Tractor Effect

Through the influence of ITP activity on its surroundings, a major tractor effect is produced which deploys criteria for environmental improvement throughout the entire supply chain. In the same way, the company assumes its responsibility to society by taking an active part in initiatives within the local community.

Its commitment is clearly shown in the practices of communication and transparency that ITP follows with regard to its financial, environmental and social outlay, always with the aim of favouring dialogue with its respective interest groups. Proof of this point can be found in the annual publication since 2006 of a 'Sustainability Report' in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative standard, an annual Environmental Declaration on the part of its industrial plants and a Progress Report on the implementation of the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact on Human Rights, the Environment and Corruption, in which ITP is a voluntary participant.

Note to the editor

ITP Aero is currently the ninth largest aircraft engine and components company in the world by revenue. Ranking among the top one hundred companies in the aerospace industry (Top 100 Aerospace Companies, PwC and Flight International). The company employs over 3,500 people at its production centres in Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States, Malta and India.

ITP Aero includes among its activities the design, research and development, manufacturing and casting, assembly and testing of aeronautical modules and engines. It also provides MRO services for a wide range of engines for regional airlines, business aviation, helicopters, industrial and defense applications. ITP Aero operates as a corporate entity within the Rolls-Royce group.

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