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PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE LIVE AND OPERATE

Ph: Tommaso Rubechi

“think globally,
act locally”

“think globally, act locally”
Describes the challenge that Italpreziosi has been undertaking for more than three decades. The environment represents one of the most fundamental aspects in shaping our activities in the places where we live and operate.
We pursue a model of sustainable development and consider the protection of the environment in which we live and operate a fundamental aspect for our business. We do everything reasonable and effective to minimize the negative effects of our activities on the environment and comply with environmental protection laws and directives. Our headquarters are located in one of the most beautiful regions in the world for its landscapes and biodiversity: Tuscany. Here, the environmental heritage is a fundamental player towards which we have always had great respect and care. During our operations we support the protection and promotion of sustainable practices in order to avoid the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems.

"Locally"

Looking to the present

Our systems are of the latest generation and high technology, in order to maximise efficiency and minimise environmental impact, with emissions close to zero. 

Minimising the environmental impact is a crucial goal for our company: considering that greenhouse gas emissions are one of the main causes of global warming and climate change, we have decided to avoid using one of the main causes of emissions, or fossil fuels. This is the reason why we have chosen not to use coal and diesel in our refinery, but “cold” chemical processes, to considerably reduce emissions. 

We also installed photovoltaic solar technologies in the upper part of our building and this was the first step towards the use of increasingly clean energy resources. 

We joined the Print Relief initiative whereby trees were planted for every number of pages printed. 

IN 2020, ACROSS 297900 PRINTED PAGES, 35.75 TREES WERE REFORESTED. 

UPDATED DATA 2020 

PLANNING THE FUTURE

In our 2020-2025 Business Plan, the protection of the environment, biodiversity and water, together with the well-being of our people, were the driving forces behind the project for the new headquarters by Italpreziosi. 

The Plan provides for a system for the recovery of the water used, with the consequent purification to allow reuse, thus minimizing the amount of water used. 

The structure has been designed for total energy efficiency, both through the use of renewable energy systems, and for external materials that allow internal energy efficiency of a high technological and innovative level, with the aim of reducing the use of energy for heating for indoor lighting. 

The key concept of the project is “green”, a constant coexistence with nature, which allows a greater well-being of our people and therefore of our performance. 

The canteen will have at its base not only 0 km products but also 0 cm products, following the innovative ideas of vertical farming. The idea will therefore be to make the most of the interior spaces, drastically minimizing the impact on the external environment and the biodiversity that lives in it. 

REFORESTED

35,75

TREES

WATER CONSUMPTION

1110

CIVIL USE

1411

PRODUCTIVE USE

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

ELECTRICITY 80,3%,
FUELS 0%
METHANE 10,7%
PROPANE 0,88%
PHOTOVOLTAIC 8,12%

Consumption percentages in update; new figures await official publication

CHEMICALS
HYDROCHLORIC ACID
33%
NITRIC ACID
28.5%
CAUSTIC SODA
29.6%
OTHER SUBSTANCES
8.9%
CHEMICALS CONSUMPTIONS:
  • Hydrochloric Acid: AU and AG
  • Refining Nitric Acid: AU and AG Refining
  • Caustic Soda: NOX fumes abatement
  • Other substances: Laboratory and Refining

“globally”

GUARANTEEING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR CHAIN

Choosing responsible consumption and production is a crucial step that every single actor in the supply chain must take for a safer future for our planet. 

In our Know Your Counterpart (KYC) onboarding procedures within the Compliance Department, careful analysis of all environmental documentation is carried out: all our suppliers, based on their activity, must present specific documentation attesting their commitment to maintaining adequate environmental standards. 

In addition, we always ask for additional information on any plans to reduce or totally eliminate impacts on the environment. 

We are also interested in the details of all the chemicals used in the process, which determine an important evaluation of the counterpart. 

We guarantee the highest standards of quality and sustainability through documented verification work followed by on-site visits to certify the veracity of the information obtained. 

INIZIATIVE

In 2019 we became part of the Program Advisory Group (PAG) of planetGold, involving various stakeholders including the United Nations, NGOs, associations, private sector companies and public authorities. 

The project is active in eight countries, and the goal is to collaborate for the creation of projects involving small communities of artisanal miners and help them eliminate the use of mercury, one of the most harmful substances for the environment and health. man, in line with the Minamata Convention. 

AMBIENTE (ENVIRONMENT) IN ITALIAN IS THE PRESENT PARTICIPLE OF AMBIRE (ASPIRE). THAT IS, GETTING AROUND, BEING AROUND. THE LATINS CALLED IT AMBIENS BECAUSE IT WAS THE AIR, BECAUSE THE AIR IS AROUND US, IT SURROUNDS US. AND THEN IT WAS EVERYTHING, THE EARTH, WHAT WE ARE AND WE ARE ALSO AROUND
EZIO BOSSO