Sustainable production management at Barilla

Barilla Group makes continuous efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of its production processes by managing and monitoring the energy resources used at its plants, the greenhouse gases emitted, and their water consumption and waste production.

For this reason, the Group has had solid environmental management systems to ISO 14001 and energy resource control systems to ISO 50001 in place for many years.

93% of production volumes were made in facilities with ISO:14001 certification.

Production sites certifications

Production sites certifications

With a view to upholding transparency and providing precise information about the environmental impact of its production processes, Barilla subscribes to the initiatives of the Carbon Disclosure Project. This independent international organization fosters synergies between the financial and the business world, aimed at monitoring and valuing efforts to minimize climate change and to make responsible, sustainable use of water resources. In particular, Barilla responds to the CDP Supply Chain Water and Climate and CDP Forest questionnaires.

Focus on reducing energy consumption and emission

Barilla strives to improve its environmental profile by means of a substantial investment plan aimed at the continuous modernization of production facilities and the adoption of innovative, high-efficiency technologies. During the year, the Group allocated over 5.4 million euros to spending and invest on environmental preservation and protection initiatives.

5.4 million euros were allocated to spending and invest on environmental preservation and protection initiatives

In Italy, France, Turkey, Greece and the United States, for example, under the "ESP Energy Saving Project", the Group took further steps to reduce the energy consumption of its production plants, including:

  • Replacing burners, improving the thermal insulation of machinery and introducing systems for the reduction and recovery of heat losses;
  • Installing and automating high-efficiency chiller units, compressors and air conditioning systems;
  • Installing new LED lighting systems.

INVESTMENTS IN THE RUBBIANO SAUCE PRODUCTION PLANT

In 2017, Barilla made an investment aimed at doubling the production capacity of the Rubbiano sauce production plant and introducing new technologies to improve the efficiency of production processes, while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The majority of this investment was channeled into implementing mechanical technologies and ICT infrastructures in line with the Industry 4.0 model. These innovations will reduce the environmental impact of the plant, by reducing CO2 emissions and water consumption by an estimated 7% and 9% respectively.

Energy consumption

On the back of these changes, the Group kept its energy consumption on a par with last year's levels, despite increasing its production volumes.

ANNUAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY SOURCE (GJ)

2017

2016

DIRECT CONSUMPTION

2,595,331

2,501,626

Energy from non-renewable sources

Natural gas

2,210,737

2,090,125

Fuel oil

5,124

10,649

Diesel

459

514

Gasoline

5

7

Self-generated energy from cogeneration

Thermal energy

227,052

231,552

Electricity

151,954

168,779

ANNUAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY SOURCE (GJ)

INDIRECT CONSUMPTION

2,853,325

2,852,398

Electricity

2,251,749

2,229,554

from non-renewable sources

1,036,988

1,291,300

from renewable sources

1,214,761

938,253

Thermal energy 

590,016

609,561

from non-renewable sources

590,016

609,561

from renewable sources

0

0

Energy for cooling

11,561

13,283

from non-renewable sources

11,561

13,283

from renewable sources

0


0

ENERGY CONSUMED PER TONNE OF FINISHED PRODUCT (GJ/t)

2017

2016

Energy consumed (GJ/t)

3.13

3.14

The rational, efficient use of energy resources, and increasing recourse to energy from renewable sources with GO (Guarantee of Origin) certification, has enabled Barilla Group to keep its emissions of greenhouse gases at similar levels to those recorded the previous year. 

65% of electricity purchased from the grid comes from renewable sources with GO certificates

Greenhouse gas emissions

During the year, the Group continued its initiatives aimed at reducing its use of road transport in favor of means of transport with lower environmental impact. In Sweden and Germany, for example, Barilla increased the percentage of products shipped by train, thus reducing its emissions of greenhouse gases by more than1,600 tonnes over the year.

Barilla's vehicle fleet modernization plan also plays an important role in its strategy for reducing polluting emissions. For example, the Group reached a significant milestone on the logistics front during European Sustainable Mobility Week, when it extended its vehicle fleet with 3 new road tractors fueled by liquid natural gas. The new vehicles will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 70%, carbon dioxide emissions by 15% and particulate emissions almost completely, compared with an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle. 

The Group's vehicle fleet renewal process also led to the purchase of 83 hybrid vehicles, integrating an internal combustion engine with an electric motor, which reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 40% compared with the use of conventional vehicles. In parallel with its purchase of hybrid vehicles, Barilla also completed the installation of 31 charging points in the parking area at the Pedrignano plant.

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY SCOPE

2017

2016

Scope 1 (t CO2 eq)

185,492

180,148

Emissions from fossil fuel use 

150,816

143,100

Emissions from proprietary cogeneration plants

34,676

37,048

Scope 2 (t CO2 eq)

193,687

197,033

Indirect emissions attributable to electricity consumption

98,659

98,570

Indirect emissions attributable to heat energy produced by external cogenerators

94,903

98,318

Indirect emissions attributable to cooling energy produced by external cogenerators

125

144

Total

379,179

377,181

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS PER TONNE OF FINISHED PRODUCT  

2017

2016

Greenhouse gas emissions (t CO2eq)

0.22

0.22

-29% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions attributable to finished product compared with 2010

Water consumption

Barilla also strives to improve its environmental profile through the responsible use of water resources. Over the years, the Group has therefore implemented specific projects for reducing water consumption at its production plants. These have reduced the company's water requirement per tonne of finished product by 3% compared with 2016 and by 23% compared with 2010.

water consumption by source

 

2017

2016

From wells (m3)

1,375,655

1,453,925

From public water mains (m3)

985,641

936,333

Total

2,361,296

2,390,258

water consumption per tonne of finished product
20172016
Water consumption (m3)1.361.40

23% reduction in water consumption attributable to finished product compared to 2010

waste water by destination 

 

2017

2016

To surface water (m3)

211,637

206,924

To sewer system (m3)

674,802

662,186

Total

886,439

869,110

Waste production

Barilla sets up projects designed to encourage the reduction of waste production and the recovery of waste material instead of its disposal. Careful management of the production process and methods of processing of raw materials have enabled Barilla to reduce its waste production compared with the previous year, despite an increase in production volumes.

waste production by type

2017

2016

Non-hazardous waste (t,)

28,214

28,303

Hazardaus waste (t,)

416

687

Total

28,630

28,990

waste produced per tonne of finished product

2017

2016

Waste produced (t.)

0.0164

0.0170

waste produced by destination

 

2017

2016

Non-hazardous waste (t.)

28,214

28,304

Recycling

26,576

26,244

Disposal

1,638

2,060

Hazardous waste (t.)

416

687

Recycling

351

596

Disposal

65

91