Poliform is aware of the role it has in the local community in which it operates and is actively committed in safeguarding the environment and the surrounding area. To better manage every environmental aspect of its activities, Poliform has adopted the UNI EN ISO 14001:2015 standard certified environment management system since 2018.
The system, as well as being in full compliance with laws and regulation, aids the company in promoting the continuous improvement of its environmental performances and in defining risks and opportunities. The most relevant environmental aspects and the ones on which to focus all improvement efforts are:
Water resources are used in very limited quantities during production processes and exclusively for painting processes.
Spray paint boots, installed in some of our facilities, are fitted with water recycling systems, where the same water is used for many cycles. The are no industrial effluents, any wastewater coming from spray booths is handled as waste.
Water consumption for 2021 and 2022 did not basically change, a sign of steady return of personnel working from the company premises, following the pandemic.
A decrease of water consumption equal to approximately 8 L/K€ sales turnover was recorded in the three year reporting period.
All company’s buildings, which stand out for their rational and rigorous architecture, were built to be carefully integrated with the surrounding landscape.
The sites are located very close to each other to optimize intra-site shipments, reducing the distances and therefore emissions into the atmosphere.
All sites also include green areas to better integrate with the surrounding landscape, promoting local thermoregulation and partially contributing to the absorption of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the company.
Our production plants are exclusively powered by electricity. Poliform’s production units and offices are heated using energy produced by our own combustion power plants, which produce energy from wood scraps.
12% of the electricity supplied by the grid in 2022 came from renewable sources.
Starting from July 2022 the company chose to increase the quantity of electricity procured from renewable sources, selecting a supplier that guarantees 91% production from renewable sources for the electricity supplied by the grid.
In 2022 Poliform produced 702.558 kWh of electricity thanks to its photovoltaic plants, covering 8,2 % of the company’s total energy requirements.
The consumption of electricity slightly increased in the three-year reporting period; however, the same data compared to company turnover, shows a reduction trend of approximately 4 kWh every 1.000 € sales turnover in 2022 compared to 2021.
The increase in consumption recorded in the 2021-2022 two-year period is due to the installation of two new furnaces at the Mirovano. The two furnaces have a power respectively of 1047 kw and 870 kw and are used to produce thermal energy both for manufacturing processes and heating.
The first furnace was installed in September 2021, the second one in the second half of 2022. The new furnaces resulted in a decrease in consumption for heating purposes of 55.000 L. A significant further decrease is expected in 2023.
Diesel fuel consumption is also gradually decreasing both in absolute value and compared to company’s turnover, there was a decrease in consumption of diesel fuel in 2022 of 0,54 L for every 1.000€ of turnover compared to 2021.
All productive sites are fitted with chimneys which release the byproducts of wood cutting and painting processes into the atmosphere. Poliform has conducted an analysis and inventory of green-house gas (GHG) emissions starting from 2019.
Direct emissions generated by company activities (Scope 1) and indirect emission resulting from the purchase of energy (Scope 2) were calculated in detail: Scope 1: natural gas and diesel fuel consumptions, new installations of equipment containing coolant gas. Scope 2: purchased electricity
Scope 2 emissions were calculated using the “market based” method. Said method establishes that the specific energy mix used by the supplier to produce the energyprocured by Poliform must be taken into consideration when calculating the emissions generated by the consumption of electricity.
The chart shows a significant reduction of Scope 2 emissions in 2022 compared to 2021, equal to a reduction of 2.120 Tons of CO2 eq. This result was obtained by procuring energy from 90% renewable sources starting from July 2022. A further reduction of Scope 2 CO2 eq. emissions is expected in 2023.
The self-production of electricity from renewable sources by photovoltaic plants resulted in the reduction of emissions into the atmosphere of 173 Tons CO2 equivalent in 2022.
Waste management has always been considered a significant issue for Poliform. The company has shown its commitment by implementing projects of circular economy over the years.
Reclamation of material and energy, rather than disposal, are privileged process for waste diverted to third parties for processing.
The quantity of waste to be reclaimed in the 2020-2022 three-year period was over 94% of total waste generated. This result was obtained by carefully differentiating waste inside the company.
Plants to produce thermal energy by combusting wood dust were installed at the Arosio, Inverigo and Lurago d’Erba facilities. Approximately 2.000 tons of scrap wood are reclaimed every year, with a thermal yield of approximately 4 billion kilocalories.
The following chart shows the quantities of wood dust reclaimed from each site in the three-year reporting period. To be noted that the quantities of wood scraps reclaimed to produce energy are constantly increasing.
This solution permits to regenerate spent solvents which can be reintroduced into the production cycle, with obvious advantages in terms of reduced quantities of solvent purchased and the environmental impact and economic costs for their disposal.
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