Our Commitment to the Environment
The Cavagna Group has always considered its environmental commitment as one of the core principles of the company, seeking product quality excellence and safety while cutting down to a minimum the related environmental impact.
Hence, in order to implement effective and active action focused on environmental protection, besides conducting business in total compliance with both Italian and Community regulations on the environment, the Cavagna Group has launched a series of actions designed to prevent, manage and reduce the environmental impact that is both directly and indirectly related to the activities performed.
The environmental policies implemented by the company are regularly implemented to achieve ongoing improvements in the results obtained in the framework of environmental protection, in order to exploit the latest technologies and good manufacturing practices available.
Lastly, Cavagna Group’s Environment Management System is certified in compliance with the international standard ISO 14001.
Policies to Minimize Environmental Impact
To reduce its ecological footprint, the Cavagna Group has implemented a series of environmental policies designed to reduce direct impact. The following is a brief description of the planned strategies, grouped by field of intervention.
Using renewable and sustainable energy sources
The Cavagna Group has long made use of renewable energy sources to minimise the emission of CO2 and other gases that affect the climate in order to prevent climate changes, which are unanimously deemed as the most crucial global environmental challenges, and to cut down the release of pollutants into the atmosphere.
In 2007 a photovoltaic generator including 375 high efficiency monocrystalline silicon modules with peak wattage of 48.75 kW was initially installed on 440 m2 roof that covers the industrial facility.
Said photovoltaic plant was extensively reinforced in 2010, increasing peak wattage by almost ten-fold (445,44 kWp), covering the industrial facility’s roof surface of 3,080 m2 with 1,856 high efficiency monocrystalline silicon modules.
The power yearly generated by the plant is 441,463 kWh, which is little more than 25% of the mean yearly consumption of the facility.
In terms of environmental protection, production of such a quantity of energy from a renewable source has avoided about 345 tons of CO2 from being yearly released into the atmosphere, which is the amount of CO2 absorbed by 6,500 m2 of woodland.
Renewable energy plant powered by biomasses
The facility has a cogeneration plant for power generation from a renewable source (raw vegetal oil), with nominal power 420 kW (electric) and 380 kW (thermal). It produces about 3.15 GWh a year.
Thermal energy recovery
From the cogeneration plant motor cooling water and from exhaust fumes, heat is recovered and used as a source of thermal energy: water that cools the cogenerator motor is channelled to preheat water used by washing machine to rinse items.
Moreover, in winter, it is also used to warm the water that runs through boilers employed for internal heating.
High efficiency lighting
All the lighting systems of the facility are fitted with energy saving dimmers. The use of LED lamps is also being assessed to cut down power consumption.
The ecosustainable transport solution implemented by the Cavagna Group includes 30-35 company vehicles that are rented to employees. These vehicles are regularly replaced and serviced (the mean duration of a contract is 48 months).
The corporate car policy envisages the possibility of only choosing from models manufactured by Italian firms (with one exception), and envisages measures to cut down CO2 emissions (e.g. engine capacity limit of the cars).
To reduce work-related travel, the company also encourages the use of the latest tools of virtual communication. Lastly, for the same purpose, a canteen and a crèche have been opened in the premises for employees.
Virtuous Water Circulation
The installation of a vacuum evaporator and of an osmosis plant for washing machine water enables separation of the oily part of water, with the following results: prior to installation about 50,000 litres of oil mixed with water were disposed of every year; now about 10,000 litres of only oil are disposed of every year. The water recovered by the evaporator is used to top up the water level of tanks.
Other policies for sustainable use of resources
Besides the above, the Cavagna Group also adopts other strategies and policies to cut down the use of resources, including: packaging reduction policy; reutilisation and recycling of packaging sent by suppliers; creation of water emulsion circuit and recovery of wood shavings in order to recycle water free of bacteria for processing. Particularly, work implemented to ensure that water is not contaminated by bacteria has allowed to cut down the number of oil tanks used yearly for processing from 18 to 7 (1,000 litres each).
Strategies to minimize indirect impact
Cavagna Group suppliers are also chosen on the basis of their distance from the facility in order to cut down the quantity of CO2 released during transport of materials, especially road transport.
Moreover, goods are dispatched in compliance with the policy studied to cut down consumption and optimise cargo.