The Angelini group conducts its activities by following the highest ethical standards and with a constant focus on people and the communities in which it operates. This principle is applied concretely way through the implementation of processes and projects for environmental sustainability.
Innovation in pursuit of sustainability
Casa Angelini, Angelini Holding’s headquarters in Rome, boasts technologically innovative and eco-sustainable architecture aimed at reducing its environmental impact.
The redevelopment of the 12,600 sq.m lot was carried out using innovative technologies and satisfied all the requirements needed to obtain GOLD-rated LEED international certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Angelini Pharma’s commitment
Angelini Pharma’s three production sites are examples of best practice in protecting the environment. In 2004, the company obtained UNI EN ISO 14001:2015 certification, which recognises environmental management systems for performance enhancement.
Significant investments have been made in clean energy production, including a 1,600 kW photovoltaic plant, a modern cogeneration system, new evaporation towers and new high-yield steam generators.
These new technologies have been integrated with an automatic management system that optimises the consumption of climatising systems used to create microclimates. Continuous improvement in energy consumption is supervised by an Energy Management Team.
All these measures have reduced CO2 emissions by more than 650 tons a year. There is also an ongoing effort to reduce the environmental impact of packaging by combining “green” innovation with the requirements for optimum product conservation. The packaging weight and volume have been reduced to optimise transport logistics with the consequent reduction in atmospheric pollution from vehicle exhausts. Moreover, recycled materials are extensively used.
In Fater, sustainability is a leading concern in all activities across the board: from product design and the selection of raw materials, to the logistics and production process and right up to the post-use stage. For this reason, the company is gradually expanding its environmental impact analysis thanks to the adoption of the Life Cycle Assessment model.
Conscious of the importance of making sustainable choices for future generations, Fater is achieving concrete results in all stages of the life cycle:
- Product: for specific lines for incontinence, for example, Fater has reduced the CO2 emitted by the product throughout its entire life cycle by around 30% over the past eight years (source: a study by the “Ambiente Italia” environmental consultancy group, 2017). Since 2016, it has earned “Chain of Custody certification” for compliance with the standards of PEFC, which promotes the sustainable management of forests. Products for incontinence marketed through public tenders have PEFC certification: no less than 90% of the virgin pulp used for such products comes from sustainably managed forests.
- Logistics and production process: the plants are powered mainly by cogeneration systems. At the Pescara plant, high-efficiency filters have been installed, and emissions per unit produced have fallen in both the Pescara plant (- 55% in 17-18 vs. 15-16) and the Campochiaro plant ( -34% in 17-18 vs. the previous year). Thanks to the logistical measures implemented, around 3,000 trucks have been taken off the roads (with the same volume transported), rendering a CO2 reduction equal to 1,800 tonnes per year.
- Post-use: one example of Fater’s innovation and sense of responsibility towards the environment is its promotion, through the Fater Smart business unit, of a technological process capable of transforming used absorbent hygiene products into new secondary raw materials. Used absorbent hygiene products of all brands represent around 4% of solid urban waste in Italy. One tonne of separately collected waste can be used to obtain 150 kg of cellulose, 75 kg of plastic and 75 kg of polymers to be introduced into a range of potential production cycles. Fater aims to be part of the solution, bringing new life to used products while continuing to offer high-quality and high-performance products to consumers.
The recycling plant
FaterSMART is Fater’s business unit dedicated to researching, developing, industrialising and commercialising the world’s first and only technology capable of recycling used personal hygiene products, such as baby diapers, products for incontinence and feminine hygiene products, transforming them into secondary raw materials with a high added value which can be used in various production processes.
On 25 October 2017, on the premises of Fater's partner Contarina SpA in Veneto, the world’s first industrial plant capable of recycling 100% of used absorbent products (baby diapers, products for incontinence and feminine hygiene products) was launched. The plant is founded on Fater's patented technology. The innovation is completely “Made in Italy” and received the Eco-Innovation award in 2011 (RECALL - ECO / II / 3044409) from the European Commission.
Natural, transparent and sustainable
Care and respect for the environment have always been elements of the culture and philosophy of Bertani Domains. The agricultural branch of the Angelini group combines ethical values and transparency in production along with a deep commitment to environmental sustainability, which represents not only a production method but a clear behavioural choice. Tenuta Trerose, the vineyard at the heart of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano region, is in its second year of a three-year conversion to an organic system, while Tenuta Novare, Bertani’s historic vineyard and icon of production for the entire Valpolicella Classica region. Since 2015, the use of weedkillers, insecticides and products with a high environmental impact has been banned from all properties. Moreover, all of the wineries are involved in a programme to optimise energy consumption.