We have adopted various solutions to reduce our emissions: from reusing process water, including that from other companies, to flues fitted with pollution filters, to using low-emission products throughout the entire production process.
We recognise water to be an essential resource for the communities in which we operate, and we are committed to guaranteeing efficient and responsible water use in all processes and products. Thanks to efficient management, we recover 100% of the waste water generated by the production of tiles. This avoids industrial wastewater being discharged into water courses or sewers. We achieve a water recycling rate of 120%, which also includes water from other companies in the sector.
Filters on flues are essential to reducing environmental emissions. The filters operate by capturing contaminants in a filter fabric which considerably reduces atmospheric emissions, keeping them below the authorised limits.
The low-environmental impact inks, in use in the lines with digital ink-jet printing technology, have been designed in synergy with our ceramics district partners, and with the ink manufacturers who have been working in partnership with the ceramics industry for many years. These compounds do not generate harmful emissions, do not represent hazardous waste, and allow for a reduction in odorous emissions compared to traditional inks, thus representing a step forward in protecting the health and safety of our workers and the local community. In terms of sustainability, this new type of ink allows for reductions in odours due to volatile organic compounds by 30%, and avoids the use of natural gas-powered post-combustion systems, thus reducing CO2 emissions.