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Sustainability

Our research and development activities focusing
on materials and innovative solutions are conducted
in a manner that protects both the environment
and the health of our employees.

The sustainability of our operations has been certified

  • 2013

    Certification

    ISO 14001

  • 2010

    Certification

    PEFC™

  • 2009

    Certification

    ISO 9001

  • 2003

    International certification

    FSC®

To ensure high standards of health, safety, environmental
protection and quality, our management system conforms to UNI EN ISO 9001, UNI EN ISO 14001, FSC® and PEFC™ standards.

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Strategy and target

We have chosen to develop environmentally sustainable
products that are safe to produce and use.

Our commitment to sustainability is implemented through
the management of specific measures and projects aimed
at reducing environmental impacts.

Each year, we invest a portion of our revenues into improving
energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions (CO2).

Environment

Over the years, our commitment to protecting
the environment has steadily increased.

  • We have continually increased the use of FSC® materials, which now represent 60% of all materials.
  • We have increased the use of materials that comply with the CARB regulation, which now represent 60% of the total.
  • We use recycled panels to reduce waste volumes and greenhouse gas emissions, thereby contributing to protecting forest resources.
  • We have considerably reduced the use of difficult-to-recycle packaging materials like EPS, replacing them with easier-to-dispose-of materials like cardboard.
  • We have reduced the use of wooden pallets by replacing them with cardboard solutions, thereby limiting the environmental impact and decreasing costs associated with managing and transporting merchandise.

Energy, emissions and waste

We adopt measures to improve efficiency in the use of resources
and energy, decrease environmental impact and reduce management costs.

We have carefully analyzed each component of our energy use to identify and implement changes to processes with the aim of reducing consumption. Over the past few years, we have implemented solutions that have significantly lowered electrical energy use and, as a consequence, CO2 emissions.

Applying an environmentally sustainable approach to selecting raw materials and energy use throughout the entire production chain ensures the eco-efficiency of processes, thereby reducing the costs associated with materials, energy, atmospheric emissions and waste disposal.

Monitoring
consumption

Looking to the future, we have identified actions to reduce energy consumption over the next few years. We installed motion detectors to control lighting and use energy generated from renewable sources (currently 40 – 50%), reducing consumption (16%), the use of fossil fuels and atmospheric emissions (3.200 T of CO2).

In addition, by replacing existing servers with ones that waste less energy (or through virtualization), we have reduced consumption by 50%.

Embarking
on a new path

An analysis of our energy consumption revealed the changes required to improve energy efficiency, including installing a photovoltaic system that can generate 550.000 kW/year and replacing fluorescent lights with LED lights, which consume 27% less energy (a measure that began in 2010 and will be completed in 2015). We have also expanded the monitoring system for the production lines, eliminated leaks in the compressed air distribution network and improved the combustion process in the boilers. In recent years, we have embarked on a path that aims to improve waste management in order to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills.

In the past two years, the percentage of waste that is recyclable or that is used to produce energy has increased from 91 to 97,1%. Today, only 2,9% of our waste is sent to landfills, 4,2% is used to generate energy and 92,9% is recycled thanks to optimization of the waste sorting process.

Health and safety

Occupational health and safety are a priority
and a value that we constantly pursue.

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All of our workers are asked to play an active role, adopting prevention measures to protect themselves and their
colleagues and reporting hazardous situations.

Thanks to continuous awareness and prevention initiatives,
the number of occupational accidents has decreased by 50%
during the last two years.

We will not be satisfied until we have reached our goal of zero accidents during production activities.

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