Carbon neutrality plan

Since 2018, Andriani has been on a challenging, ambitious journey to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. Reaching this goal involves the cyclical implementation of the following activities:

  • identification of emission sources;
  • quantification and monitoring of emissions;
  • progressive reduction through the development of dedicated projects;
  • compensation for remaining emissions.

This process involves various investments in the field of energy efficiency, efficient, circular use of resources and self-production of energy from renewable sources, which, as well as providing a benefit in terms of the environment, also help to guarantee the strategic position of the company in our target market.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy efficiency is the first step in the carbon neutrality plan, and the company has implemented the following interventions in this area:

Buhler Ecothermatik Lines

The installation of two highly efficient Buhler Ecothermatik Lines allows us to save up to 40% on thermal energy, 20% on cooling energy and 10% on electrical energy compared to traditional lines, with a resulting reduction in both the costs of pasta-making and our greenhouse gas emissions.

Trigenerator

In July 2020, a trigeneration plant with a nominal power of 800 kWel was installed, for self-production of electrical, thermal and cooling energy. The plant, which is fuelled by natural gas, allows us to produce around 55% of our annual electricity needs, and, thanks to the recovery of residual heat from the exhaust fumes, around 30% of our thermal energy in the form of overheated water and 50% of our cooling energy, used for pasta-making processes. This efficient use of energy allows us to save around 700 tonnes of CO2eq per year.

SELF-PRODUCTION OF ENERGY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES

In parallel with the energy savings from the energy efficiency initiatives described above, the company has also embarked on a process to increase self-production of energy from renewable sources, in order to further reduce our environmental impact and guarantee greater independence from our electricity and gas supply, through a diverse range of onsite energy sources.

The completed and planned projects are described below:

Photovoltaic System

A photovoltaic system with a nominal power of 1148 kWel has been installed on the roof of the facility, which is able to produce around 15% of our annual electricity requirements. As well as the economic benefits of needing to purchase less electricity from the grid, the system will also provide a substantial benefit in environmental terms, guaranteeing a saving of around 600 tonnes of CO2eq/year thanks to the production of solar energy. A third of the system was installed in June 2021, while the rest was completed in May 2023.

Biomass boiler

The installation of a biomass boiler to generate thermal energy for the facility’s production processes is planned to be completed by December 2023. The project involves a 3.2 MWth boiler fuelled with lignocellulosic waste, with the aim of providing thermal energy from a renewable source for the production processes at Andriani’s facilities, almost entirely replacing the current gas boilers. This project will guarantee a reduction of up to 90% of the natural gas consumption of the facility’s thermal power plant, therefore preventing the emission of between 2000 and 4000 tonnes of CO2eq/year of fossil-based CO2. Furthermore, the positive impact on the area and the environment in this case is not just limited to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of fossil origin, but also extends to a more sustainable management of resources, since the fuel for the new boiler will be made up of a mix of woody biomass waste from both the milling processes at the same Andriani facility (in particular, buckwheat bran), and from agricultural supply chains in the surrounding area, triggering virtuous practices for the efficient, sustainable use of waste and resources in the territory.

ENERGY MONITORING

In order to allow for the performance of analysis and planning of actions to improve energy efficiency, the installation of a SMET (SMart Energy Tool) has been initiated. This is an integrated system of sensors to monitor the energy flows within Andriani’s facilities. This system takes data from measuring instruments installed onsite and presents it visually on a cloud platform. More specifically, the monitoring of the thermal power plant (boilers and natural gas) for the production of overheated water and steam is currently in operation, for which the following parameters are measured:

  • consumption of electricity;
  • consumption of natural gas;
  • power level of the heat produced;
  • thermal energy produced;
  • thermal efficiency of the boilers;
  • range and temperatures of the overheated water;
  • range and temperature of the steam.

The performance of the following systems is also monitored through dedicated instruments:

  • Photovoltaic system;
  • Trigeneration plant;
  • Geothermal heat pump in the Smart Building;
  • Biomass boiler (operational from 2024).

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The development of circular economy practices to enhance and save available resources is crucial in the work towards a progressive reduction in the company’s environmental impact. In this regard, Andriani has launched a collaboration with young business ApuliaKundi for the cultivation of spirulina, through the recovery of water used to wash our pasta dies. Spirulina cultivation stands out for the double benefit it offers in environmental terms: saving water, and capturing CO2 from the atmosphere. Indeed, with an estimated annual production of around 1200 kg of Spirulina, around 1,640,000 litres of water is reused, while around 2.2 tonnes of CO2 is reabsorbed from the atmosphere through the natural process of photosynthesis. The cultivation facility was opened in September 2021, and it is planned to double in size by the end of 2023.

Again in the field of circular economy, in 2024 the company plans to launch production of pet food made from ground dry pasta waste, further reducing the waste of resources and optimising the use of raw materials. Spirulina / Nutraceutica

PURCHASE OF GREEN ENERGY AND OFFSETTING CO2 EMISSIONS

 

Guarantee of Origin (GO) for electrical energy.

From 2020 onwards, the company has signed an electricity supply contract that is 100% covered by a Guarantee of Origin for renewable energy. Guarantees of Origin are a system of electronic certification that proves the renewable origin of electrical energy purchased from the grid, guaranteeing that the amount of electricity purchased by the company corresponds to an equivalent amount of energy produced from renewable sources and supplied to the grid.

This mechanism allows us to reduce the carbon footprint of the facility with regard to Scope 2 (purchase of energy) by 100%.

Remaining Scope 1 emissions (direct consumption of natural gas, consumption of fuel by vehicles, fugitive emissions) are compensated every year through offsetting; in other words, the purchase of certified carbon credits.

For 2023, we purchased carbon credits from the project “Domestic Cooking Stoves Substitution Programme in Mozambique”, certified by UNFCCC (details available at the following link).