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Environmental sustainability in Favini

02 Dec
2020

Posted in Sustainability Channel

Favini’s sustainable commitment is characterized both by product and by process innovations and is aimed at reducing the environmental impact during production and developing new ecological products according to the principles of the circular economy and industrial symbiosis.

Since 2009, Favini has undertaken a path of sustainable development monitoring and during 2020 have presented the results achieved to date and give a face to those who are committed to achieving these sustainability goals every day. Even before the process of measuring and collecting data, Favini operated according to principles of eco-innovation, for example consider the Alga Carta patent that was developed in the 90s.

The reduction of energy and water consumption, the lower environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions, the attention and research of certified and sustainable raw materials, the commitment to the multi-year project in favour of reforestation and support of the population in Madagascar, were told by those at Favini who deal with these aspects that are related to sustainability, eco-sustainable innovation and projects regarding environmental respect.

Through a photographic reportage of employees, in this article we tell the key aspects of sustainability in Favini.

CO2 in Favini: – 21% emissions

Favini has been committed for years to reducing its environmental impact in the production process and thanks to energy efficiency actions, it has reduced CO2 emissions by 21% in the period 2009-2018.

Filippo Rusca – Operations Manager – on the left and Flavio Stragliotto, on the right – Favini’s Technical Manager –  are proud of the results achieved in reducing emissions during the paper production process, made possible due to investment in high-tech equipment, the self-production of hydroelectric energy and above all thanks to the new Crusinallo cogeneration plant that optimizes the use of methane.

For some product lines, Favini offsets the residual CO2 emissions through the purchase of carbon credits. For the ecological papers Crush, Remake, Refit and the most recent Shiro Echo, Favini offsets CO2 emissions.

Water in Favini: -40% of water consumption

Renato Burba, on the left – Favini’s R&D Manager in Crusinallo – and Massimo Scapin, on the right – Head of the Quality Control in the Laboratory at our Water Purification Plant in Rossano Veneto – show us the excellent result obtained in reducing water consumption to produce paper in Favini. A reduction by 40% in the period between 2009 and 2018, thanks to the implementation of the closed-loop water system, to allow reuse of water, where ever possible.

Water, together with cellulose, is one of the main raw materials in paper production and water has multiple uses in a paper mill: it is used in the pulp mixture, during coating and drying. This is why it is essential for Favini to produce paper with careful management processes to reduce waste, focusing on efficiency, recovery and reuse.

Energy in Favini: – 15% of energy consumption

In the first photo on the left, Filippo Rusca – Favini’s Operations manager – proudly shows the results obtained in terms of reducing energy consumption for paper production.
Favini has been committed for years to reducing its environmental impact in the production process and through monitoring and innovation, energy consumption was reduced by 15% in the period between 2009 and 2018.

An important project regarding the reduction of energy consumption is the replacement of the lighting system at the Crusinallo factory. In the second photo on the right, Marco Martinelli – Plant Maintenance Manager of Favini at Crusinallo – tells us that the entire lighting system now comprises of high-efficiency lamps, which optimise the flow of light based on external conditions, and has led to significant energy savings: 6.09 GWh of energy saved.

6 environmental certifications and certified management systems

Barbara Dal Sasso, on the left, and Giulia De Gaudenzi, on the right, are respectively the Head of QHSE Management Systems at Favini in Rossano Veneto and Crusinallo plants and they explained to us which certifications Favini voluntarily participate.

These are the 6 product and process certifications in line with international standards and guidelines – EMAS, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO 45001, FSC™, and EKOenergy, which concretely demonstrates Favini’s commitment to high quality, safety and environmental compliance across its products and activities.

Download Favini’s certificates.

Environmental projects: Favini’s commitment with Voiala in Madagascar

Protecting the green areas of our planet is one of Favini’s sustainability goals, which is also committed to supporting environmental projects, in particular it supports Voiala, the project for the protection of the rainforest and biodiversity in Madagascar.

Eugenio Eger – Favini’s CEO – shows us the 2020 goal: replant 75 hectares by 2020 to restore the island’s forest.

Thanks to the Voiala environmental and social sustainability project, Favini helps the community of Sahavondronina and the surrounding villages to regain control of their territory, becoming a model of sustainable development for the other communities of Madagascar. Favini actively operates in Sahavondronina conducting training on environmental projects. These contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture, and support the forest safeguard through reforestation and strategies that promote ecotourism.

As part of the Voiala project, local populations are encouraged to start beekeeping activities. This new activity can be carried out thanks to the reforestation of the area which now allows the bees to have an ideal ecosystem for their survival and therefore for the production of honey.

From the 90s to today: Favini’s papers born from creative reuse

In line with the principles of the circular economy and the logic of industrial symbiosis [1], Favini has created four sustainable product lines with truly unusual materials, in which raw materials of forest origin are replaced by alternative materials, such as algae, recycled fibres and by-products from other industrial sectors: from the agro-industrial, leather and textile industries.

Tangible examples of sustainable innovation are the 4 ecological papers, as shown in the picture by Andrea Favini – Marketing and Export Sales Director Graphic Specialities – Shiro, Crush, Remake and Refit, discover them in this article: The story of creative reuse in Favini: the ecological papers created by upcycling.

100% certified cellulose and alternative raw materials

From our cellulose warehouse, Giacomo Berton, from Favini’s R&D team in Rossano Veneto paper mill, displays a visual to show Favini’s commitment in finding and selecting the specific raw materials for our papers.

To produce Favini’s paper we use only sustainable and certified raw materials that come from responsible forest management and we are always looking for new alternative solutions to use by-products as precious raw materials for the production of low ecological impact papers. Specific examples of the reuse of alternative materials to replace virgin cellulose are Shiro, including the recently renewed Shiro Echo, Crush, Remake and Refit.

 

[1] UPCYCLING: for Favini it has been the “word of the year” for almost thirty years

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