Despite the pandemic, the economic and financial results of Zignago Vetro for 2021 surpassed all expectations. In terms of environmental sustainability, all of the principal indicators improved: electrical energy from renewable sources provided more than 45 percent of the company needs; energy consumption was reduced by a further 3 percent, while water consumption decreased by over 33 percent; 50 percent of production was carried out with glass deriving from post-consumer recycling (PCR). These measures limited even more the CO2 emissions per tonne of molten glass and allowed the company to fix an ambitious strategic goal for 2030: a further reduction of 30 percent compared to the levels already achieved. Zignago Vetro has also reinforced its focus on packaging, in order to minimize its consumption and maximize the use of recyclable materials.
Zignago Vetro’s commitment to recycling glass cullet has been implemented thanks partly to the efforts of Julia Vitrum S.p.A., an avant-garde plant that can guarantee the treatment of waste material in a way that is unique in the Northeast of Italy. In the same area, at the facility at Fossalta di Portogruaro, Zignago Vetro has also begun installing a new furnace that will help increase the energy efficiency of the production site.
Many initiatives have been taken regarding worthwhile projects in the environmental, social and cultural spheres. These include support for reforestation, cleaning sea beds, sustainable wine production (Gambero Rosso award), donations to help local institutions that look after individuals and families in difficulty, as well as to health providers and support for cultural initiatives. In particular, 2021 was the year that witnessed the beginning of the “Zignago Vetro and Art” project, aimed at creating a closer rapport between art and business.
In spite of the path already taken and the excellent results achieved, a lot remains to be done. However, the company is sure that the reports for the years ahead will follow the same dynamic of continuous improvement.
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