In Italy: zero CO2 emissions target

At the end of 2013, the Settimo Torinese plant in Italy, will run exclusively on renewable energy sources. A closer look at an ambitious, exemplary project, conducted in partnership with the local authorities.

Chaîne de fabrication de shampoings de la gamme Fructis à l’usine de Settimo
Chaîne de fabrication de shampoings de la gamme Fructis à l’usine de Settimo

By the end of 2013 the Settimo Torinese plant, which is one of L’Oréal’s largest, will operate solely using renewable energies. The project is both ambitious and complex, first of all considering that in Italy energy policy is based on fossil fuel, which involves a high rate of CO2 emissions per kWh (0.50g of CO2 per kWh compared to 0.04g in France); second considering the high absolute value of the plant’s energy consumption, due to the high level of unit production, which means an important CO2 emission (in 2011, 7,800 tonnes emitted). The first step was taken by connecting the plant up to the Settimo urban heating system in November 2011, thereby reducing plant heating emissions by 22%.

An example of good practice

An example of good practice In 2013 a new step is going to be achieved with the realisation of a new power station alongside the plant. This power station uses innovative solar concentrator technology combined with biomass and will produce energy, over 80% of which will be sold to the L’Oréal plant. The plant’s zero emission target by the end of 2013 means that it will exceed the objectives set by the Group. ‘This project arose out of a partnership with the public authorities and a combination of technologies which, although still relatively little used, could well inspire others’, emphasised Paolo Bonfanti, the Plant Director.