Reduction in energy use (GJ/t of finished product) since the beginning of the monitoring and innovation programme (2009-2019).
Reduction in total electricity use (MWh/t) since the beginning of the monitoring and innovation programme (2009-2019).

Saving energy and CO2 THROUGH cogeneration

Processing activities in a paper mill require a lot of energy, both thermal and electric. This is often provided by in-house cogeneration plants located within the mills themselves. Since 2009, Favini has deployed a system to analyse and monitor its energy efficiency, showing a stable commitment to reducing consumption by continuously making targeted investments.

The cogeneration plant at Crusinallo enables the paper mill to produce all the electricity and heating it needs, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions.

A high-performance cogeneration plant has been in operation at the Crusinallo facility since January 2016, efficiently generating all the heat and electricity needed for the production process. This leads to decreased pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions compared to producing heat and electricity separately. The Rossano plant has also been equipped with a state-of-the-art cogeneration engine.

Average fossil fuel (methane) use efficiency achieved thanks to the cogeneration plant, compared to around 50% for conventional power plants.

The natural POWER of water

The cogeneration plant is not the only action Favini has undertaken to avoid emitting pollutants and improve its performance. The company also self-produces electricity by taking advantage of a waterway close to the facility thanks to two hydroelectric plants, one that provides energy exclusively to the paper mill and the other whose electricity is sold to third parties. This enables Favini to further reduce its environmental footprint and have a positive impact on the surrounding area.

Favini can rely on self-produced renewable energy thanks to two hydroelectric plants.
Hydroelectricity produced in 2019. 26% of this went to the Crush and Remake production lines, and the remaining 74% was deployed at the Crusinallo plant or sold to be distributed through the national grid.


The facility at Crusinallo is lit entirely by high-efficiency bulbs that optimise light flows based on weather and environmental conditions. This has led to significant savings compared to the previous lighting system.

Total energy saved thanks to the new high-efficiency lighting system (2010-March 2020). The figure accounts for 46% of Favini’s total energy saving.


Continuous investments in energy efficiency – including the replacement of the paper press and installation of a new heat pump – have allowed Favini to obtain white certificates that were subsequently reinvested in new energy efficiency projects.

White certificates (known as TEE in Italy) obtained by Favini between 2011 and 31 December 2019 thanks to energy efficiency interventions and improvement programmes.
White certificates certify the attainment of energy efficiency goals.