Overview

Syndial
In detail:

  • Syndial’s company structure, board of directors and board of statutory auditors
  • Main areas of work
  • Description of Syndial’s laboratories, which carry out sampling and analysis of water, soil, waste, atmospheric emissions and workplaces
  • Research and development, directed at creating technologies with a reduced environmental impact in the field of environmental remediation
  • Sustainability management and HSE protection
  • Contact details for the company
  • Documents relating to the company, available to download in PDF format

Syndial is an Eni company that provides an integrated service in the field of environmental remediation through the sourcing, engineering and implementation of projects and waste logistics. We carry out remediation and environmental restoration activities with the use of advanced and sustainable technologies, paying close attention to the specific characteristics of the territories in which we operate. We conduct our business in about 50 brownfield properties, some of which are of national interest, and at other industrial sites owned by Eni to facilitate reindustrialisation initiatives. Our mission involves the realisation of complex projects, the optimisation of economic resources, an ability to try out and adopt the best techniques in compliance with safety requirements and respect for the environment.

Governance

Corporate structure



ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Domenico Elefante        

Chairman

Vincenzo Maria Larocca

Chief Executive

Stefano Valenzi

HR Business Partner

Enrica Barbaresi

Institutional Relations

Katia Croce

Planning, Administration & Control

Luigi Volpe

Health, Safety, Environment and Quality

Simone De Stefanis

Environmental Procurement

Vincenzo Maria Larocca (r.t.)

Opportunities Development

Massimo Gialli

Technical Services & Business Analysis

Francesco Misuraca

Italian Environmental & Operational Activities

Pietro Chèrié Lignière

International Environmental & Operational Activities



The Board of Directors currently in office was appointed by the Shareholders’ Meeting of 14 April 2016 for three years, and its mandate expires with the approval of the 2018 Annual Report, and is made up as follows:
  • Domenico Elefante, Chairman
  • Vincenzo Maria Larocca, Chief Executive
  • Lorella Di Cosmo, Director
  • Luigino Lusuriello, Director
  • Rita Marino, Director

The Board of Statutory Auditors currently in office was appointed by the Shareholders’ Meeting of 5 April 2017 and its mandate expires with the approval of the 2019 Annual Report, and is made up as follows:
  • Carlo Invernizzi, Chairman
  • Alessandro Ridolfi, Standing statutory auditor
  • Paola Camagni, Standing statutory auditor
  • Alberto Luigi Gusmeroli, Substitute statutory auditor
  • Anna Maria Faienza, Substitute statutory auditor
Syndial’s Supervisory Board, in office until 27th April 2020, consists of the following members:
  • Paolo Momigliano, Chairman, external member 
  •  Gianna Cirillo, internal member
  • Roberto Di Mario, external member.

Activities

Programme management

We oversee the environmental remediation process in its various stages, from site characterisation to the final certification of remediation the reclaimed areas, with the aim of:
  • maximising the effectiveness and efficiency of the management of environmental recovery interventions and achieving in this a level of excellence
  • optimising the management of relevant assets (land reclamation systems, buildings, land...)
  • ensuring the supervision and control of each individual phase of the project with the establishment of dedicated multi-specialty teams.

Environmental engineering and technologies

We develop soil and groundwater remediation projects based on an analysis of health, ecological and environmental risks, using sustainability criteria and exploiting low environmental impact remediation technologies. We oversee pilot testing in the field and the development of hydrological modelling and environmental impact studies. We also develop decommissioning projects for industrial plant and decommissioned facilities through an integrated process of remediation and demolition.

Treatment of groundwater

A groundwater treatment facility (TAF) guarantees the environmental remediation of groundwater. The plant is part of an integrated interception system for aquifers, consisting of a series of “barrier” wells, and the conveyance of intercepted water to the treatment plant for purification before release into the environment. We manage 18 TAF plants, treating a total of about 20 million cubic metres of water per year, with the objective of growth in the medium term to about 30 million. The plants use specific technologies depending on the contaminants present and possible salinity, with chemical/physical sections (metals), stripping (chlorinated organic materials), filtration with activated carbon (organic), biological treatment (ammonia compounds), osmosis (salinity) and drinking water for the reintroduction of the water in the aquifer for the purpose of recovery or reuse as industrial water.

Productive activities

At the Assemini site, using membrane cell technology and highly skilled staff, we produce caustic soda, hydrochloric and hypochlorite acid. In addition to the production facilities, we have a well-equipped dock for the shipment of goods by sea, a large-capacity coastal warehouse for new activities, an important industrial services system as well as large areas with facilities available for new initiatives. The main raw material of the plant is produced from the nearby “Ing. Luigi Conti Vecchi” salt flats, wholly owned by us, from which we extract sodium chloride, which is also sold to the food industry and for road di-icing in the central and northern regions of Italy. The salt flats are involved in the remediation project of a large marshy area near Cagliari and involves the construction of water reservoirs in slow but continuous movement that allow, in addition to production, for the creation of outstanding habitat for birds, in particular the pink flamingo.

Environmental logistics

We provide industrial waste management processes, from production to final disposal, in support of environmental remediation projects in compliance with current legislation and available best practice, with the aim of reducing risks through the monitoring and direct control of the activities and the traceability of processes. The phases of the waste management process are:
  • classification and characterisation 
  • documentary and operational management in the field 
  • transport logistics and disposal 
  • full traceability of the management chain, from production up to recovery and final disposal.

Health, safety, environment and quality

We operate in the remediation sector paying special attention to prevention and the control of risks in areas involving the environment and public safety, health and safety, continuously improving processes and guided by certified management system based on best international standards (ISO14001 , OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001). Conscious that sustainability for future generations starts with this commitment and the enhancement of our experience, at every stage of our work we ensure the precise monitoring of all processes and the adoption of the most innovative best practices for solving the main environmental issues, such as waste management, emissions, water discharges, biodiversity. We invest in specific and detailed programmes for information, training and awareness on health, safety and environment issues addressed both to our own and contract staff.

Environmental laboratories

Through our environmental laboratories we operate at a national level in the field of environmental protection and control with services for the sampling and analysis of water, soil, waste, and emissions to the atmosphere and in working environments. We have the most advanced analytical equipment and many years of experience and know-how in the analysis of organic and inorganic micro-pollutants on environmental matrices. The Ferrara and Priolo laboratories are accredited by Accredia, the only Italian UNI EN ISO 17025 accreditation body, with multi-site procedure and number 0119, for the tests included in the list available on www.accredia.it. Accreditation consists in the certification by Accredia that laboratories meet the criteria established by the reference standard UNI/CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 and the specific requirements of the body itself, but is not a guarantee by Accredia regarding single activities carried out by the laboratories. The Syndial laboratories ensure the use of qualified staff, appropriate equipment, reagents and suitable materials, as well as the careful validation of analytical data. The Accredia mark is shown on Test Reports only if they include at least one accredited test.

Our laboratories are also structured to provide the following services:

 

  • technical and specialised support to Syndial business units for issues of an analytical nature
  • the definition of sampling and analysis plans, insurance plans and the quality control of data and supervision of sampling activities carried out by third party laboratories
  • validation of analytical results, also from third party laboratories, using Data Verification and Data Validation processes for EDD files and specialised on site audits.

Syndial’s environmental laboratories are the result of the scientific experience gained by Eni, at national and international level, in the provision of high quality  analytical services in the fields of environment and industrial hygiene. The laboratories in Ferrara and Priolo Gargallo operate at a national level in the field of environmental protection and control through the analysis of water, soil, waste, and emissions to the atmosphere and in working environments using officially recognised analytical methods. They are recognised across the country as specialist centres, not only for Syndial, but also for other Eni companies, and are the result of extensive experience and know-how in the environmental sector, and in the sampling and analysis of persistent organic pollutants (in particular PCDD/PCDF and PCBs), built up over decades at national and international level, also through collaboration with numerous  universities, research institutes and standards bodies. The laboratories are equipped with some of the most advanced scientific instrumentation, especially in the field of mass spectrometry, which makes possible the structural identification of micro-pollutants at levels of ppt (parts per trillion) in environmental and biological matrices. The centres are a resource of considerable strategic and operational value, able to assist and support the design and execution of remediation and environmental restoration projects proposed by Syndial and other Eni companies. Meeting the strict criteria for the identification, sensitivity and analytical reproducibility is a challenge that, in order to be successful, requires the constant commitment to professionalism and investment of, in this sense, the facilities aim to continuously improve the analytical protocols to ensure excellence and a position as a scientifically credible interface between the Group companies and the social and institutional context in which it operates.


Areas of activity

The areas in which the laboratories operate include:

  • sampling and analysis of surface water, sea water, drinking water, wastewater and groundwater
  • sampling and analysis of soils, marine sediments and sludge, for the purpose of characterisation and environmental remediation
  • analysis and classification of waste
  • sampling and analysis of air emissions from conveyed flows
  • sampling and analysis of chemical pollutants in working environments
  • measurements of noise, vibration and microclimates in indoor and outdoor environments
  • active support to Syndial’s technology, engineering, project management, logistics and HSEQ functions for the definition and verification of the technical specifications for the design phases of interventions related to the sampling and analysis of environmental matrices.

 

Qualified technical staff conduct independent inspections of affiliated laboratories, verifying the compliance of tests carried out under the conditions outlined in the contractual specifications regarding Data Quality Assurance & Quality Control.


Accreditations and certifications

The activities of the laboratories are conducted in the context of a Quality Management System that meets the requirements of UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025. The Ferrara and Priolo Gargallo sites are credited with the Accredia multi-site procedure, number 0119 (for a full list of tests, see the website www.accredia.it). The criteria for the control and assurance of data quality applied by the laboratories ensure the continuous monitoring of all the analytical operations to support and to defend the results obtained and documented and traceable analytical work at every stage of the process.


Quality Policy

The Quality Policy adopted by management aims to pursue, achieve and improve over time the following objectives:

  • the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation through the provision of an adequate number of professional resources and equipment appropriate for analytical activities
  • the quality of the service offered to clients, in compliance with UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 and Accredia requirements, as well as the adopted and declared analytical methods
  • the policy of continuous staff training to maintain an adequate technical and professional level of resources in line with the quality of services offered
  • the definition of annual objectives for the continuous improvement of the organisational structure, personnel and equipment
  • a culture of awareness among all staff of the laboratories of the Quality Management System through continuous training programmes and effective internal communication.

Involvement in European projects

Syndial promotes research and development initiatives to achieve, as part of its remediation activities, new technologies with lower impact on the environment to guarantee remediation objectives. For this purpose the company has a technology partnership with third parties in the MAGICPAH project, Molecular approaches and metagenomic investigations for optimising clean-up of PAH contaminated sites. Funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community, it is a collaboration between 13 international research institutes, countries and Syndial, which participates through the Priolo environmental laboratory, and will be the reference centre for the scientific partners for the analysis of hydrocarbons in characterisation activities both at sea and on land. At the end of the project, Syndial will benefit from the results obtained in order to pursue one of the objectives that the company has set itself, namely, the sustainability of remediation.

At the bottom of the page you can download the list of major remediate projects in progress in the following locations: Assemini, Brindisi, Cengio, Crotone, Ferrara, Ferrandina, Gela, Manfredonia, Mantova, Vergonte Pieve, Porto Marghera, Porto Torres, Priolo, Ravenna, Tuscany, San Donato Milanese.

Sustainability

The company’s mission is pursued by adopting the principles of sustainability and corporate responsibility of Eni’s Code of Ethics by:
  • promoting economic development opportunities, returning the reclaimed land to areas for reindustrialisation initiatives 
  • involving the community of the sites where we operate in our projects and activities, through dialogue with local authorities 
  • creating a corporate climate conducive to the professional development of employees
  • promoting, among employees and contract staff, knowledge and awareness of how to operate in the workplace to safeguard both their health and physical safety 
  • adopting the best technology and best practices to minimise the environmental impact of the remediation of contaminated sites.

Safety at work

The constant improvement of company performance in the health and safety of workers, employees and contractors is a priority objective, pursued through continuous training and the adoption of preventive measures and risk mitigation and the containment of exposure in the workplace. Typically, remediation activities involve construction activities entrusted to third-party companies. Over the years there has been a progressive increase in the use of contractors that, measured in terms of number of hours worked, it is now equal to that of internal resources. The accident indices, both for employees and for the employees of third-party companies, showed a gradual improvement over the last three years, and today rank among the best performances of businesses in the sector. These results are the result of the actions taken, including meetings promoted by the top management of Syndial and with the participation of personnel of third companies, to make them share the company’s strong commitment to safety at work. At all Syndial an initiative has been launched with Eni called “Communicating Safety” which aims to promote among workers, employees and contractors, proactive behaviour for the prevention of accidents. At the Assemini site, for the third consecutive year, the goal of “Zero Accidents” was achieved.

The “Sustainability in remediation programmes” project

Remediation work, in itself, is a tool for improving the environment, but also here, even in the design phase, sustainable solutions for a lower overall impact on the environment and communities can be identified. In line with Eni’s consistent commitment to sustainability, Syndial is addressing its operational models for environmental remediation towards more eco-friendly processes, while maximising the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes themselves. This has led to the “Sustainability in remediation programmes” project which aims to reduce the environmental, social and economic impact, to improve the image of the interventions, establish Syndial’s leadership in the field of land remediation and to become a benchmark for the national market. Operationally, the application of sustainability principles to remediation means:
  • selecting the most sustainable technology among those able to achieve the objectives
  • using new representative parameters to measure the impact of remediation in the decision-making process for the selection of technical solutions throughout the project cycle to optimise the technologies used and adapting them to the new process.
The project, which will last for two years, is underway and foresees the establishment of a computer tool for the application of the analysis model for decision support (DSS) and the pilot application of the model to a major remediation in 2011 and the definition, on the basis of the results of the pilot project, of guidelines, best practices and applications for green procurement in the field of environmental remediation.

Offices & contacts

Syndial servizi ambientali SpA
Sede Legale in Piazza Boldrini, 1
20097 - San Donato Milanese (MI)
Tel. operator 02.520.1
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