New pilot projects in the energy field were launched in 2021, in order to quantify the energy savings obtainable by using specific technical solutions, assess their effectiveness, and extend their implementation to other Group plants. Our Health Safety and Environment (HSE) function is focusing on the following main areas: consumption monitoring systems (smart metering); efficiency of systems for the production and distribution of compressed air; efficiency of heating systems; efficiency of motors.
The Group has selected several energy efficiency projects that were launched in 2021. These call for such steps as progressively replacing lighting systems at more than 30 sites in 10 different countries, saving around 2000 tonnes of CO2 annually; replacing obsolete equipment; and valuating alternative energy sources.
For example, in 2021, an Energy Management project in collaboration with Accenture was implemented in the Italian plant at Pignataro Maggiore. This is a Pilot Project for energy consumption optimization through a series of actions to be implemented, monitored and consolidated in the Pignataro plant, with a view to possible further implementation at group level.
The commitment to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions also involves the manufacturing functions, which are collaborating with HSE in systematically assessing the environmental benefits of any production project, through the quantification of the energy savings and the savings in terms of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.