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Added on 22-03-2013




Fondazione Sodalitas



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Sofidel was the first Italian company to become a member of WWF’s international Climate Savers programme. The programme encourages companies to reduce their greenhouse gasses voluntarily through the adoption of innovative strategies and technologies and to act as leaders in reducing CO2 emissions in a specific sector. Some members of the programme: Coca–Cola, Tetra Pak, Sony, IBM, National Geographic, Nike, hp…. Sofidel is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 11% by 2012, GOAL ACHIEVED, and 26% by 2020 compared to its already excellent level in 2007 (which amounted to 531,315 tonnes). The programme promotes energy efficiency in production processes and in plants/offices, the use/production of highly efficient products and the use of renewable sources. Climate Savers is a concrete demonstration of how companies that are acting in harmony with nature can take advantage of good development opportunities. In other words to the company, fighting climate change means competitiveness and using energy efficiently and carefully.


The Sofidel Group has invested more than Euro 18 million to date to achieve the target set in conjunction with the WWF of reducing the Group’s carbon dioxide emissions by 26% by 2020 compared to 2007 levels. The steps taken range from increased use of renewable energy sources to improving the efficiency of plant and equipment and investment in co-generation plants.
Here are the details:
2008: Euro 3mln to install the 300 kWp photovoltaic array for the Delicarta Paper Mill located in Italy, avoiding 225 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.
2009: Euro 1.5 mln for rebuilding work on the hydroelectric power generating plant at the Fibrocellulosa plant (Italy), avoiding approx. 350 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.
2009: Euro 200,000 for repair work on the supply channel for the hydroelectric plant at the Werra Papier plant (Germany), avoiding 150 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.
2009/2010: Euro 900,000 for secondary interventions focused on energy & water saving (Delipapier Fr; Fibrocellulosa; Papyros; Soffass Cartiera; THP; Werra; Delipapier De; Delicarta Valdottavo; Delicarta Porcari; Cartiera di Monfalcone).
2010: Euro 2.5 mln to install a 554 kWp photovoltaic array integrated into the roof of the Soffass Converting Plant, situated in Italy, avoiding 255 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.
2010: Euro 2.1 mln to install a 778 kWp photovoltaic array partially integrated into the roof of the Delicarta Converting Plant in Italy, avoiding 420 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.
2010: for a total expenditure of Euro 300,000, during 2010 Sofidel installed 350 LED lamps to replace old neon or other types of lighting, avoiding 110 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.
2010: Euro 7mln to construct a new generation gas turbine at the Delitissue plant (Poland) which will enable carbon dioxide emissions to be reduced by around 16,000 tons per annum.
2011: Euro 1.6 mln for secondary interventions focused on energy & water saving (Comceh; Soffass Cartiera; Sofidel UK, Swedish Tissue).
Stakeholder involved: shareholders, employees, local communities, universities and research centers, WWF, authorities.


First challenge: involvement of all employees of Sofidel group in such project, through training courses aimed at their awareness improvement; the company has included the energy and carbon reduction in its own rewarding system for employees.

Second challenge: deep review of our production processes in a energy saving perspective; payback time of the investment longer than in the past; survey of the main technological options and application of new solutions (LED lighting, district heating, other)

Third challenge: strong public commitment with a high involvement of the media. The communication profile of the company has dramatically increased in the last 4 years thanks to the project. New people fully dedicated at the public relations.
Fourth challenge: involvement of customers and consumers.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

• Improve business performance:
Climate Savers can help to develop business models in line with the future low-carbon economy placing the company ahead of competition. From climate science, policy developments and supply chain emissions through to logistical strategies credible green power and offsetting options, Climate savers improve the carbon efficiency while cutting energy costs and are often inspired to develop innovative new products and service
• Improve risk management Climate change will cause significant shifts in the markets and sectors where the company operates: the strategy is about helping the company be better prepared to deal with these changes. Reducing the energy consumption and procuring renewable energy can not only reduce the direct and indirect emissions, it also makes the company less dependent on dwindling energy resources and less susceptible to fluctuating energy prices.
• Increase networking opportunities The opportunity to participate in forums with other companies leaders and see best practice
• Reduction of CO2 emissions to protect the environment and the community

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