The green soul of L’Italiana Aromi

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Since 1890 L’Italiana Aromi has been specialising in the manufacture of a wide range of flavours, extracts and distillates for the food and pharmaceutical industry.  It collaborates with numerous leading companies in the food sector, supplying them with flavours, natural flavours, extracts, infusions, distillates, essential oils and fruit-based compounds. In 2006, L’Italiana Aromi chooses to limit the environmental impact of her manufacturing processes thanks to a streamlined energy saving system. Not only that, the green soul of L’Italiana Aromi is much more than a marketing strategy. This is proved by the Lombard company’s last 10 years of activity. Green was the choice to acquire an old factory without knocking it down to then rebuild it, restoring it primarily by means of an indispensable decontamination from asbestos. Green was the choice to enhance the industrial archeology of the territory and to make the same building the energetic heart of L’Italiana Aromi, installing photovoltaic panels on the roof and cogeneration and geothermal plants in the inside.  Green was the decision to keep the areas around the buildings green by planting new trees.  Green is the conviction that complying with European standards in the field of environmental policies is important and necessary for a company of great experience which, thanks to its potential, aspires to becoming increasingly international. To meet the high energy requirement of its own production site and, at the same time, impart a concrete change, starting from the year 2006 the Lombard company decided to undertake an important re-conversion process towards a sustainable future.  With almost six years of work and an investment of several million Euros, an organic and functional system has been accomplished which is able to bring the company up to European standards for energy saving and sustainable development.  It is a radical re-thinking of the development model aiming at greater environmental sustainability and growing innovation, which catapults L’Italiana Aromi among those companies, not only Italian but also international, which are more responsible and attentive towards the environment.  And the route taken by the company, to demonstrate its European and international  outlook, represents the future of the whole industrial sector:  this is confirmed by the GreenItaly study carried out by Unioncamere (an Italian public entity, representing and caring for the general interests of the Italian Chambers of Commerce), according to which 37.4% of green enterprises can boast an important presence on overseas markets, compared to 22.2% of companies that do not invest in the environment.

Photovoltaic

The system consists of 2,412 panels and is installed covering four of the five plants which make up the production site of L’Italiana Aromi. With a production capacity of 403,24 kWp, it will provide 437.392 kWh/year of electric energy. The combination of the dimensional features and performance of the modules with the adaptability of the fixing systems has allowed optimisation of the ratio between installed power and space available. The whole electric plant has been suitably assessed to obtain a coefficient of efficiency of the system which is significantly higher than the minimum required by law. This system, designed in such a way that any excess energy is fed back into the main electric network, allows significant coverage of the company’s electric energy requirements with a consequent and important cutting of energy costs. To summarise: saving of tons of oil equivalent to 96.22 TOE/year; avoided emission into the atmosphere of CO2 equal to 294,802 kg/year; avoided emission into the atmosphere of  NOx equal to 218.70 kg/year; avoided emission into the atmosphere of SO2 equal to 437.39 kg/year.

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