Electricity and heat are essential components in paper manufacturing, though the production thereof undoubtedly has a negative effect on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.

To counter this issue, as early as the 1990s Fedrigoni began making signi cant investments to install co-generation plants running on natural gas at the group’s facilities, while concurrently seeking every possible technological improvement to optimize its own energy efficiency.

All this has taken place, over and above our compliance with the obligations of European Directive 2003/87/EC as amended (Emission Trading) which in turn implement the principals of the Kyoto Protocol, with the first energy audits, as well as Legislative Decree n. 102 dated 4 July 2014 implementing EU Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency.

The results were not late in coming. Between 2002 and 2015, the Group reduced its specific emissions of CO2 per ton of paper by 29% despite growth in production over the same period of 69%. Specific emissions of nitrogen oxides per tonne of paper (the so-called NOX) have been almost halved (–47%).