Over 5,000 tons of CO2e atmospheric reduction as well as the reduction of water consumption equal to 9.1% and raw materials made from 54% recycled paper. These are the results of the sustainable production of the Lucart Group, published in the eleventh edition of the 2015 Sustainability Report.
“In our Company “Lucart”, being sustainable means creating long lasting value not only for the Company and its Shareholders however also for our Employees and their families, for the Communities in which we operate and for our Partners, whether Suppliers or Clients. This has been made possible thanks to the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy, emphasizing the use of recovered fibers, with the capacity to protect the environment and safeguard the development of local communities, without foresaking the quality of our products” to quote Massimo Pasquini, the CEO of the Lucart Group.
Outlined as follows, is the performance of the Lucart Group, photographed by the Sustainability Report 2015, which can be viewed on the Lucart Group website:
1. Recycled materials: in 2015 the pulp selected, whether from the industrial supply chains or from household collections, have reached 54% of total raw materials processed at our Lucart Group plants.
2. Rail transport: from 2013 Lucart has doubled (from 572 to 1154) the number of carriages with a specific mobility program for both incoming and outgoing goods from the Diecimo plant (Lucca), with a significant reduction in traffic and typical pollutant emissions of road transport of 483 tCO2e less, released into the atmosphere.
3. Reducing water consumption: thanks to the increase in the quantity of water recycled in the production process and the reduction of the requirements for the production process itself, in 2015 Lucart has reduced the consumption of water by 9.1% (vs. 2014) per tonne of paper produced, as well as the consumption of steam, another widely used resource for drying paper, which has been decreased compared to 2014.
4. In 2015 the use of alternative renewable energy sources has prevented the emission of more than 1,500 tCO2e in total into the atmosphere. Specifically the two Photovolcaic plants installed: one in the Capannori area (2011) and the other in the Avigliano plant (active since 2013), have reduced emissions of 935 tCO2e. Among the specific measures taken in 2015 in the Diecimo plant (Lucca), we would like to highlight that the installation of LED lamps and of an inverter of a pulper machine, has resulted in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 98 tCO2e.
5. The cogeneration plants fueled by methane gas in the Porcari and Castelnuovo in Garfagnana plants, which fully cover the energy needs and generate a surplus which is pumped into the network, together with other interventions for reducing the use of natural gas and steam, have reduced 3,600 tCO2e in the atmosphere, compared to 2014. This result was made possible thanks to the completion of the first Cogeneration plant with Integrated EcoRecupero. The fumes recovery project of the gas turbine for the direct drying of the paper in 2015, has enabled a reduction in the necessity of methane gas amounting to over 2 million m3.
All these measures, together with various other actions, have made it possible to reduce more than 5,000 tCO2e of emissions. Almost 2 billion beverage cartons recovered and approx. 900,000 trees saved, are the calculations of what would have been necessary to produce the equivalent amount of virgin fiber paper, over 52,000 tons of CO2e prevented, thanks to the nonoccurance of landfill disposal of beverage cartons. These are the environmental benefits achieved in three years from 2013-2015 of the Fiberpack® project, the flagship of the Lucart Group, which testifies the total applicability of the principles of circular economy to the tissue sector.
Fiberpack®, the innovative treatment process, developed in 2011 by the Lucart Group, thanks to the collaboration with Tetra Pak®, which separates the cellulose fibers from the rest of the materials with precision, using clean technology and zero waste, enables the recovery of 100% of the components of beverage cartons.