Reducing energy consumption and combating climate change

The emission measurement process implemented in recent years by the Group has enabled the consolidation of calculation methods and was used as a baseline for raising internal awareness about possible policies for the reduction of the greenhouse gases generated by its operations. In this regard the Group has already launched a number of projects to mitigate its emissions, both in 2017 and in the past. These include, for instance, the implementation of energy efficiency measures in buildings, the reduction of printing paper consumption, and the replacement of the car fleet with lower emission models.

Total greenhouse gas emissions at Group level in 2017 amounted to approximately 60,520 tonnes of CO2eq (-6% on 2016). Total electricity consumption in 2017 amounted to over 18,950 MWh (over 68,240 GJ, -9% on 2016), while natural gas consumption amounted to over 515,580 m3 (18,115 GJ, -5% on 2016). The Group does not purchase energy from renewable sources.

Greenhouse gas emissions connected with Group operations in Italy and considered within the reporting scope of the GHG survey are classified as:

  • direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions, connected with the consumption of natural gas for the heating of offices, stores, and warehouses and fugitive emissions from air conditioning units;
  • energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions are connected with electricity consumption, which is sourced from the national electricity grid for the purposes of:
    • lighting, air conditioning (heat pumps), and equipment (e.g. PCs, printers) in offices and stores;
    • lighting and equipment in warehouses;
    • recharging electrical vehicles (Segrate) and forklift trucks (warehouses);
  • other indirect (Scope 3) emissions consist of emissions connected with paper production operations and business travel by employees.

In Italy, Group gas consumption fell by 5% compared to 2016, from around 544,000 m3 to some 516,000 m3 in 2017, mainly due to the closure of some sites and energy efficiency measures introduced during the year.  Electricity consumption declined constantly over the three-year period. The 10% drop in consumption between 2015 and 2017 was in part due to the closure of some Group sites, and in part to energy saving initiatives implemented in 2017. Emissions connected with the paper production cycle totalled around 32,300 tonnes of CO2 in 2017, showing a drop compared to the previous year due to the declining consumption of paper (-5%).

 

Italy

Greenhouse gas emissions (ton)201720162015
Direct (scope 1)¹ – CO2eq1,0131,0641,002
Indirect energy (scope 2)² – CO2 – location based5,8706,5276,555
Other indirect emissions (scope 3)3 – CO233,67835,39230,748
  • Emissions related to paper production
32,33133,99029,529
  • Emissions related to business trips
1,3601,4021,219
Total emissions38,305

All emissions shown in the table are calculated using emission factors stated in CO2, except for Scope 1 emissions consisting of fugitive emissions from air conditioning units. The total emissions are expressed in CO2 as the share attributable to the other gases (CH4 and N2O) is not significant in material terms. Emissions of Scope 2, expressed in CO2eq and calculated according to the market based method, are equal to 7,373.5 tonnes.
1 Direct (Scope 1) emissions for 2016 have been restated on the basis of information available only after the publication of the 2016 Sustainability Report.
2 Energy indirect (Scope 2) emissions for 2015 and 2016 have been restated with respect to the 2016 Sustainability Report, on the basis of updated emission factors available.
3 Other indirect (Scope 3) emissions for 2016 have been restated with respect to the 2016 Sustainability Report, on the basis of updated emission factors available.

As regards the activities that Mondadori carries out in France, the greenhouse gas emissions considered within the reporting scope of the GHG survey are as follows:

  • direct (scope 1): emissions from leaks of refrigerant gases from air conditioning units, which in 2017 amounted to around 82 kg, equivalent to 112 tonnes of CO2eq.
  • indirect energy (scope 2): electricity purchased from the national grid (heating and lighting of offices);
  • other indirect emissions (scope 3): employee travel for business reasons by plane, company cars and hire cars; paper production.

Although less sharply than in Italy, Mondadori France also recorded a decline in electricity consumption in 2017, which dropped from 2,917 MWh in 2016 to 2,794 MWh (-4%). The drop in consumption was largely driven by measures introduced as of 2015 to reduce electricity consumption.

Finally, as concerns other indirect (scope 3) GHG emissions, the downward trend registered in recent years was mainly due to the lower consumption of printing paper, which fell from around 48,350 tonnes in 2015 to around 41,976 tonnes 2017, corresponding to a 13% reduction in CO2 emissions (from 20,790 in 2015 to 18,050 tonnes of CO2 in 2017). The reduction in CO2 emissions over the three years for Mondadori France was 12.5%.

France

Greenhouse gas emissions (ton)201720162015
Direct (scope 1) – CO2eq112246
Indirect energy (scope 2)1 – CO2 – location based120125127
Other indirect emissions (scope 3) – CO218,25619,89421,010
  • Emissions related to paper production
18,05019,71120,790
  • Emissions related to business trips 2
206183220
Total emissions21,128

All emissions shown in the table are calculated using emission factors stated in CO2, except for Scope 1 emissions consisting of fugitive emissions from air conditioning units. The total emissions are expressed in CO2 as the share attributable to the other gases (CH4 and N2O) is not significant in material terms. Emissions of Scope 2, expressed in CO2eq and calculated according to the market based method, are equal to 136.9 tonnes.
1 Energy indirect (Scope 2) emissions for 2015 and 2016 have been restated with respect to the 2016 Sustainability Report, on the basis of updated emission factors available.
2 For the year 2015, the CO2 emissions connected with business travel by plane were estimated as being the same as those calculated for 2016, the only year for which data are available.

 

Initiatives to reduce environmental impact

Paper and sustainability
In response to the requirements of the Eco-contribution scheme, in recent years Mondadori France has undertaken a number of actions to alter the format and weight of its magazine paper. In the last three years, these measures have enabled it to reduce the average amount of paper consumed per copy by 3.5%, from 229 grams in 2016 to 221 grams in 2017.

Measures to reduce environmental impact

Energy saving initiatives in 2017 – Italy
As in 2015 and 2016, major efforts were focused on energy saving in 2017, especially as concerns the Segrate head office and retail outlets.

Reported below are the initiatives planned in 2016 and implemented over the course of 2017, the benefits of which will be delivered in full in 2018. Other initiatives are currently in the pipeline or under implementation.

Segrate head office

  • as part of projects for the re-use of former bank and news-stand premises, involving the creation of a multi-purpose hall, obsolete air ventilation units were replaced with a new, independent VRV system based on inverter technology. The remote-controlled system recovers heat from external air, which will deliver energy savings proportional to the extent to which the hall is used;
  • sanitization work continued on air ducts, with all ducts cleaned on the fifth floor, together with the 70 switch boxes for the distribution of treated air, on which extraordinary maintenance was performed at the same time. The work fixed faults and malfunctions in mechanical parts, thereby improving air quality on the premises and delivering energy savings estimated at around 5,000 m3 of gas and 7,000 kWhel;
  • an automatic management system was installed for the switch boxes connected to the air conditioning system on the fifth floor of the building. The remote control of the system, and its ability to adapt to external conditions, will improve the management of internal air conditioning, delivering energy savings per year estimated at around 8,000 m3 of gas and 7,000 kWhel;
  • a new prestige lighting system was installed in the Niemeyer building, involving the installation of 230 lamps of varying wattage along the base of the building and on arches, benches, and stairs. The lamps use dimmable LED lights controlled by an electronic dimmer, enabling the brightness of the lamps to be adjusted by controlling power input;
  • a system was introduced for monitoring energy consumption by purpose in the Niemeyer building and the Cascina Tregarezzo complex, which will enable new energy saving measures to be implemented.

Milan Marghera Megastore

  • as part of the first stage of renovation work on the entrance area to the store, which has different opening hours to the rest of the retail outlet, a new fourth-generation VRV air conditioning system based on inverter technology was installed to replace the existing centralised system and the energy intensive electric heaters on the entrance doors. Besides improving temperature comfort significantly within the store, with benefits for both business and flexibility of use, the new system has delivered energy savings per year of around 10,000 kWhel of electricity.

Rizzoli Galleria Book Store

  • a centralised management system was installed for the remote control of air conditioning units, which is connected to energy saving software. The new system reduces annual power consumption for air conditioning by around 10%, while improving temperature comfort in the store.

Roma via Ferri (Romanina) Megastore

  • the remote control system for managing air conditioning units was upgraded to receive readings of external air temperature. The measure delivers annual energy savings of around 5% in energy consumption for air conditioning.

Measures planned or in the pipeline for 2018 – Italy

All sites
Alongside the measures implemented or in the planning stage to reduce the environmental footprint of Group offices and stores, efforts have been made in recent years to raise awareness of the use of toner and paper for printing in offices. Over the last three years in particular, the Group has managed to reduce the consumption of printing paper by around 12%.

In 2018, all printers in Italian offices and directly managed stores will be replaced by new, high performance all-in-one devices for printing, scanning and photocopying. The new devices will ensure the quality of print-outs and the ability to print on any device in the network, while delivering major reductions in the consumption of energy and consumables (paper and toner).

Segrate head office

  • the project to split the induction system of the main building through the sectioning of hydraulic distribution into four macro areas per floor, managed by temperature sets, and the installation of inverters on the hot and cold inductor pumps, is currently at the request for quotations stage. The goal of the project is to deliver energy savings and boost the flexibility of the air conditioning system to enable its diversified use on different floors;
  • a system for the management of CAV boxes in offices on the “Foglia” floor is currently at the request for quotations stage. The system will add to and complete the project rolled out a few years ago on the “Sottofoglia” floor, with the objective of delivering energy savings, greater flexibility of use, and automated control;
  • planning work continued for the installation of well pump inverters to reduce water and electricity consumption at night and in the winter;
  • a project is currently in the planning stage for the progressive replacement of external lamps (in the car park and along walkways) with new LED lamps.

Bookstores

The following bookstore projects are currently in the quotation or planning stage:

  • the installation of a new main Air Treatment System, the upgrading of the temperature control system, and the replacement of the boiler with a condensation heat system at the Milan Marghera Megastore;
  • the replacement of heat pumps in stores in Milan and Florence;
  • the replacement of the roof top at the Varese store;
  • the installation of a new management and control system for the air conditioning units at the Casalecchio and Milan Duomo stores.