In environmental terms, we monitor the performance of our production plan
by assessing three main indices, while setting ourselves improvement objectives
that go beyond the regulations in force:
General index 1
Takes account of the fact that energy consumption is directly
correlated with the recycling of water. As recycling capacity grows, so does energy consumption,
but the PRODUCT of the two indices declines. This index in fact sums up this correlation.
General index 2
Takes all the indices into consideration, except for energy and water consumption:
therefore, emissions into the air, industrial wastewater, and discharges into the water.
Mediated index of water consumption
Mediated index of water consumption is the index regarding water consumption
calculated as specific consumption parametrized to production.
In terms of energy consumption, the power employed to safeguard the environment
(reducing emissions into the air, reducing water consumption, purifying water discharges)
corresponds to at least 310 kW. This figure considers only the power operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
All this power in fact remains essentially in operation even when the production plants are inactive,
and correspond to a yearly energy consumption of about 28% of the facility’s total consumption.
Water consumption is reduced, and the groundwater thus safeguarded,
through numerous recycling operations that, with pumps and cooling towers,
allow the water to be used a number of times. In this way, we reduce the water
we draw to less than one fourth of the facility’s real requirement.
As early as 2005, Finchimica prepared the documentation to apply for
the Integrated Environmental Authorization (IEA) issued by the Region of Lombardy with its decree in 2007.
Over the years, numerous inspections of our Manerbio plant have been carried out by ARPA Lombardia
(the regional agency for environmental protection) and by the respective provincial departments,
with the purpose of ascertaining compliance with authorizations.
These inspections have always shown full compliance with the IEA, recognizing our attentiveness
to environmental issues and the long process of monitoring performance at our facility.
The last inspection yielded “… great attention to environmental issues, with significant progress initiated prior to the IEA”;
it also found “…. elements of improvement,” stressing “…. the praiseworthy activity of reducing emissions
and waste following the recovery of substances that have a market.”