CO2 EMISSIONS

Emissions reduction (tonne of CO2 eq/tonne of final product) avoided between 2009 and 2019.

WHAT IS A PAPER MILL’S CARBON FOOTPRINT?

Emissions linked to the paper mill’s activities fall primarily into two categories: some are generated directly by the company’s operations, such as the combustion of methane, a fossil fuel used to power machines and the cogeneration plant; others are caused indirectly by energy consumption, including the use of electricity produced off-site, over which Favini has no control. In accordance with the GHG Protocol, the company monitors and accounts for all emissions associated with its productive activity. Furthermore, through a voluntary agreement with Italy’s Environment Ministry, the company has committed to abiding to the terms of the 2015 Paris Agreement. In it, companies and individuals – not just countries – are asked to mobilise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change and widespread damage to ecosystems.

Energy efficiency

A constant drive towards more efficient and sustainable energy production systems is needed to cut direct greenhouse gas emissions.
Favini deploys modern technologies that substitute or optimise the use of fossil fuels, thus reducing its carbon footprint.
Thanks to investments in high-tech machinery, in-house hydroelectricity production, and, most of all, the new Crusinallo cogeneration plant that optimises methane use, Favini has been able to reduce its carbon footprint despite consistently increasing production.
The approximate tonnes of CO2 eq emissions avoided thanks to in-house hydroelectricity production (2009-2019)

Energy sources

Favini’s path toward energy efficiency involves a constant evaluation of more environmentally responsible energy sources. Wherever possible, the company powers its activities using waterways near its site thanks to two in-house hydroelectric plants. Favini has also taken into consideration the possibility of using local agricultural waste to create electricity, but unfortunately biomass plants would not generate sufficient energy to fulfil its needs. The optimisation of methane use – which as of yet cannot be avoided – is the factor underlying the decision to invest in cogeneration plants. Currently, this is still the most efficient solution.

Purchase of carbon credits

In conjunction with structural measures, Favini has taken action to tackle CO2eq emissions of processes it does not have direct control over by joining environmental programmes aimed at purchasing carbon credits generated abroad. To compensate residual emissions across certain production lines, Favini has also taken part in another initiative. Gold Standard, promoted by the WWF, aims to develop wind power in Turkey through the creation of a 31.5 MW wind power plant in Aydın region in Didim district, which includes 15 turbines and a high-voltage transmission line connecting them to the national grid. Its yearly yield is 105 GWh. Emissions reduction is estimated at 67,570 tonnes of CO2eq per year. On top of this, the project has contributed to job creation locally and the reduction of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.
Offset in 2019 thanks to carbon credits purchased to compensate for Shiro, Crush, Remake and Refit’s production.
As a consequence Favini has succeeded in offsetting the environmental impact of several product lines, such as eco paper lines Shiro, Crush and Remake. Starting in 2019, residual emissions from the new Refit line were also included, resulting in the offsetting of an extra 4,563 tCO2eq emissions compared to 2018.