1 April 2019
31 March 2020
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on the occasion of the 11th edition of our Sustainability Report, we wish to underline that this document and all the certifications we achieve each year represent evidence to the market of our commitment to transparency in opposition to the widespread of ‘greenwashing’ by unscrupulous companies, that take advantage of the lack of information on sustainability.
Alcantara has been the first Italian company - and among the very first in the world - to be certified Carbon Neutral continuously for the past eleven years by TÜV SÜD, playing a pioneering role in sustainability since 2009.
Among many key elements of Alcantara’s commitment to all stakeholders, that you can find in this pocket version of the Sustainability Report, we would like to highlight the following:
Firmly believing sustainability is a necessary factor that is consistent with our long-term objective of increasing the economic and financial value of the Company, this 11th Sustainability Report underlines what we do and what our future plans are, and highlights how much sustainability remains a core value in our corporate culture, an important growth driver and a spur to developing our business strategy.
As a goal for the future, in accordance with the EU climate and energy policy framework, Alcantara activated a long-term decarbonization plan which aims to reduce CO2 unitary emissions by over 50% within 2030 and by over 90% within 2050, reducing the Company’s offsetting shares. This decarbonization pathway will be possible through four lines of intervention: circular economy - that will lead us to recycle and reuse end-of-lifecycle products, increase of energy efficiency, use of renewable energy and renewable fuels, and sustainable transportation for our raw materials, our product and our employees.
Now, more than ever, we are convinced that sustainability is a value beyond cost: a value for our Company, our brand, our people and our stakeholders. A value for the future.
Chairman and CEO of Alcantara S.p.A.
Alcantara S.p.A. has been continuously fighting against climate change for the past eleven years. In fact, it was the first Italian Company, and among the few in the world to achieve Carbon Neutrality status in 2009.
Alcantara S.p.A. also continues to pursue its path of sustainability with one of its priority objectives being the use of sustainable raw materials. The Company portfolio includes special versions of its material mated with increasing amounts of recycled raw materials and bio-based polymers. As a goal for the future Alcantara S.p.A. is also involved in research projects that will lead the Company to maximize the recycling and reuse of end-of-lifecycle products.
In FY 2020, Alcantara S.p.A. confirms its participation in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI) - the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiatives operating at both international and local level - and presented its third Communication on Progress (CoP) describing its actions and policies relating to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption policies.
As a result, Alcantara S.p.A. confirms its long-lasting commitment to sustainability by respecting and promoting the 10 Principles of the UNGC.
In FY 2020, the Sustainability Plan of Alcantara S.p.A. has been updated with the the aim to renew and reconfirm the main sustainability goals of the Company in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose of this document is to illustrate the strategic guidelines, actions and 24 specific objectives in the four areas of sustainability to be achieved in the medium term (2021-2024) and it is included in the Sustainability Report of Alcantara S.p.A.
In addition to this, Alcantara S.p.A. activated a long-term decarbonization plan which aims to reduce CO2 unitary emissions, before compensation, by over 50% within 2030 and by over 90% within 2050, reducing the Company’s offsetting shares. This decarbonization pathway will be possible through four lines of intervention: circular economy, increase of energy efficiency, use of renewable energy and renewable fuels, sustainable transportation.
Alcantara S.p.A. is also committed to a strong focus on stakeholder engagement, carrying out an organic group of actions and initiatives aimed at involving its principal partners from different business sectors in its sustainability program.
“Sustainability and the New Automotive Value Chain”
Venice, October 2014
“The Automotive Ecosystem on the Global Road to Sustainability. The Asian Perspective”
Venice, October 2015
“Sustainability and Corporate Value”
Tokyo, October 2016
“Coping with Change: Global Warming and Decarbonization”
Venice, March 2018
“Climate HOW: How to Engage the Society and Deploy Decarbonization”
Venice, February 2019
“Alcantara Sustainability Renaissance”
Bologna, June 2017
Through organizing and promoting these events, Alcantara S.p.A. wants to create engagement from stakeholders by increasing the awareness on sustainability and creating a shared culture.
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In FY 2020, Alcantara S.p.A. made investments for the total amount of almost €103 million, of which about €5 million was devoted to an environmental improvement project, and almost €3 million towards the protection of health, safety and the environment.
For FY 2021, Alcantara S.p.A. forecasts investments of €33 million.
Of these, 71.2% is allocated to processes on sustainable innovation, and 23% to health, safety and environmental activities.
FY 2021 TOTAL
Alcantara S.p.A. has been monitoring its own supply chain since 2007, with the aim to increase its awareness and commitment to sustainability, asking its partners and suppliers to respect the universal principles of human rights, labour standards, environmental standards, and fight against corruption. This promotes the improvement of
Alcantara S.p.A.’s suppliers’ credibility within the environmental and social responsibility spheres.
Specifically, in the fight against climate change, selected suppliers are involved in the carbon footprint neutralization towards zero CO2 emissions balance, for products and services offered to Alcantara S.p.A.
During FY 2020, the Company continued to raise the supply chain’s awareness of its environmental sustainability model, achieving the expansion of the categories of suppliers involved in the calculation of CO2 emissions and related offsetting, through the consolidated practice of acquiring offsetting projects.
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Being Carbon Neutral means having a net CO2 emissions balance of zero, from the cradle to the grave, i.e. including not only the production process, but also the phases of use and disposal of the product itself. Alcantara S.p.A. has been Carbon Neutral since 2009.
To further emphasize its responsible approach to these matters, Alcantara S.p.A. remains committed to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), with the aim of continuing to measure and report on its CO2 emissions.
*Certified each year by TÜV SÜD.
More than 55% of waste is allocated for recovery through recycling and reuse.
The production scraps and by-products, which cannot be reused in the process, are recovered and marketed for reuse in other industrial processes, replacing virgin raw materials to achieve a circular economy.
In FY 2020, Alcantara S.p.A. obtained for the fourth year in a row the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification.
At the Alcantara S.p.A. production plant, the Cogeneration plant, that operates the supply of electricity and steam, has increased the volume of self generated electricity.
Futhermore, the Trigeneration plant has started operating and achieved the following energy and environmental results:
In 2011 Alcantara S.p.A. installed inside its production plant a phyto-treatment plant, which is a natural waste water purification system that reproduces the self-purification principle typical of aquatic environments, using plants as a biological filters.
The operation of the phyto-treatment plant allows for better management of the water treatment plant and the possibility of recovering the sludge from the treatment itself, which is no longer sent to landfill, but intended for use in other industrial processes.
The leachate, or mixture of liquids from the discharge, no longer flows into the water treatment system as in an ordinary factory but acts as fertilizer for a plantation of over 2,500 selected shrubs.
2,500 selected shrubs
The leachate is then consumed through this special plant system’s natural property of evapotranspiration. Fed solely by the waste water from the industrial process, the water treatment system then in return provides a sludge that can be reused in other industrial processes.