Emissions reduction (tonne of CO2 eq/tonne of final product) during 2009-2017.
Which greenhouse gas emissions does a paper mill generate?
The emissions connected to a paper mill’s operations are principally of two types: some are direct emissions generated by the company’s activities, these derive from the direct combustion of methane, a fossil fuel used as an energy source for running machinery and the cogeneration plant; others are indirect resulting from energy consumption, such as those produced to generate the electricity imported and consumed by the company and which Favini doesn’t control.
The company, thanks to the GHG Protocol standard, monitors and records the emissions associated with its production activities; furthermore, through a voluntary agreement with the Environment Ministry, it declares its active commitment in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement, which asks not only States but also companies and individuals to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that alter the climate and damage ecosystems.
Energy efficiency actions
To reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions, it is vital to invest in increasingly efficient and ecologically sustainable energy generation systems.
Favini uses modern technologies that substitute or optimise the use of fossil fuels. In this way, it reduces its carbon footprint.
Due to investment in high-tech equipment, the self-production of hydroelectricity and especially thanks to the new Crusinallo cogeneration plant that optimises methane, Favini has limited its carbon footprint notwithstanding its consistent production growth.
Tonnes of CO2 eq emissions avoided thanks to the self-production of hydroelectricity. (2009-2017)
The process of improving Favini’s energy efficiency undergoes a continuous evaluation of more ecologically sustainable energy sources. Where possible, Favini utilises water courses near the company powering the two hydroelectric plants it owns.
Favini has also evaluated the use of agricultural waste for energy production via biomass plants, this solution however would not adequately cover the company’s energy needs.
The choice to invest in cogeneration plants is instead determined by the optimisation of methane sources, which remain unavoidable. To date, this is the most effective solution.
Purchase of carbon credits
In conjunction with its structural interventions, Favini has decided to also act on the CO2eq emissions of processes over which it does not have direct control, this is done by undertaking specific environmental projects carried out abroad.
To compensate for the unavoidable residual emissions from the Shiro, Remake and Crush product lines, Favini has fund a project in Turkey.
The Akbük Wind Farm Project involves the development of 31.5 MW onshore wind farm in the region of Aydın Province, Didim District in Turkey. The Project involves the installation of 15 turbines and the development of a high voltage transmission line between the proposed project area and the national grid with the production of 105 GWh/year. The annual emission reductions are estimated as 67,570 tCO2eq/years.
The project contribution to sustainable development consists in reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions, creation of local employment and contribution to the reduction of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides.
In this way, the company can compensate the impact of some of its product lines, specifically for its ecological papers Shiro,Crush and Remake.
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