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Ducati seeks to take into account environmental protection and environmental sustainability issues throughout all phases of its products' life cycles, aware of the contribution that these practices can make to the future of the company and our planet.
In accordance with its Environmental and Sustainable Development Policy, Ducati has implemented various activities involving its direct and indirect suppliers. For example, in order to assess their environmental performance, a sustainability indicator is currently being introduced to help select new suppliers, while for a number of years now environmental field audits have been performed in parallel with quality audits.
One of the design phases of Ducati motorcycles is the prototyping of new models/components, also through the use of virtual mock ups and computational fluid dynamics. This makes it possible to reduce the number of physical prototypes created and the consequent road and track tests, thus reducing both the waste produced and the pollutants emitted into the atmosphere.
Starting in 2014, Ducati began a campaign to replace solvents containing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) used in its production processes with water-based detergents or solvents with a very low VOC content, thus reducing the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere. In fact, these substances are considered to be among the main causes of global climate change. As a result, the amount of spent organic solvent sent for disposal has also been greatly reduced.
The updating of the company's logistical specifications to include brief environmental guidelines regarding the sustainability of the packaging used for components and materials supplied is an activity that, together with other specific projects being developed, contributes to the reduction of the environmental impact of the supply chain's logistics.
The digitisation of the Ducati motorcycles' user, maintenance and workshop manuals for Ducati end users and authorised service centres, respectively, has contributed to a reduction in the use of paper. These manuals also contain instructions and recommendations for the proper management of waste generated by maintenance, like changing the oil filter, changing brake pads, etc.
End of life
Most of the components of Ducati motorcycles are made of recyclable materials, like plastic and rubber, metals and electronic components. On average, the percentage of recyclable components in a motorcycle is greater than 90%. To facilitate proper handling in the event of disposal, the main components made of recyclable plastic are identified with the appropriate symbol.