Circular Economy and Carbon Footprint
We are a single reality with 3 commercial identities.
We have a cogeneration plant, which produces electricity to power the paper mill, which produces specific paper for the furniture and flooring sector; the parent company, Neodecortech, controls the other cascades, and prints, impregnates and supplies the paper with which our customers then produce the panels for the furniture industry.
All three of our companies are in a process of continuous transformation and are interconnected: the circular economy is a solution for climate change.
The circular economy is a characteristic element of the Group: bioenergy Guarcino, the company that produces energy, burns biomass, a byproduct of the food chain. We use no fossil fuels, just natural fuels. The energy thus produced is supplied to Cartiere di Guarcino, which uses only cellulose from controlled forests (FSC) in addition to – for 25% of its requirements – waste paper; the paper thus produced is supplied to Neodecortech for printing and the waste is recycled. A sustainable process by definition.
The same applies to plastics: both PVC and PET are delivered for reuse. In 2021 we made an almost total conversion of all packaging. Our wooden packaging comes from FSC 9001 forests, the plastic from recycled materials only.
The energy consumed by CDG, in the form of steam and electricity, is produced entirely by BEG. In a circular economy, BEG engines are powered by bioliquids, in particular vegetable oils and SOA (animal by-products). As of 2017, BEG uses only animal fat from Italian suppliers as fuel, in the awareness of the benefits of a short supply chain.
Electric power motor + alternator
The spring water collected to feed the paper mill, CDG, is reused during several production processes to limit its exploitation. At the end, it is purified and filtered to be returned to the river from which it was taken.
Renewable raw materials
The paper and cellulose purchased is completely FSC, while the plastics use are recycled to 90%. A commitment that extends the use of renewable raw materials not only to the materials used in production, but to all levels of company life.
Cellulosa proveniente da foreste certificate
Reused cellulose from production waste
The issue of waste is managed with great attention, monitoring the waste of production processes and carefully evaluating and selecting the companies in charge of transport and disposal.
TOWARDS THE REDUCTION OF EMISSIONS
To this environmental approach, with projects aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, have been added initiatives aimed at offsetting CO2 emissions.
In our DSG 2021-23 plan, analogous to the industrial plan, it is made clear that we neutralise carbon emissions, a Group company every year. We started with the parent company, this year we will neutralize Neodecortech and Cartiera di Guarcino, in 2023 also bioenergy Guarcino.
All this goes hand in hand with the projects we share with our cellulose suppliers, to understand how to intervene directly on the reduction of CO2, contributing to the planting of trees that we will then use to extract cellulose. We care about natural resources, care and respect for the local environment.
We are committed to considering the needs of all our stakeholders, who we involve more and more so that they know our activities better and become an integral part of the business model; a commitment to promote sustainable use of resources to combat biodiversity loss.