Most human activities, such as industry, energy production or the use of soil, impact the environment and the areas concerned in many observable and measurable ways. These include the consumption of non-renewable natural resources and the release into the environment of polluting substances.
The environmental aspects associated with our activities can be divided into two main categories as follows:

  • direct: we have outsourced all printing operations for a number of years now. For this reason, the environmental aspects directly attributable to the company are limited to energy and water consumption and the consumption of materials (mainly from packaging) and the associated environmental impacts;
  • indirect: activities that may have a significant impact on the environment, i.e. paper production and printing, and the transportation of products.

The consumption of gas

The majority of our buildings and stores considered in the scope of the Sustainability Report are heated through the use of natural gas, with the exception of a few buildings which are heated by electrically fed heat pumps. Most of the natural gas consumption figures were accurately measured; when this is not possible, estimates are based on conservative assumptions.

Type of energyUnit of measurament201320142015*
Natural gas774,999520,707512,53

* The 2015 figures contain estimates as the final consumption figures are not available.

The electricity that Mondadori consumes in Italy, drawn entirely from the national grid, is used for:

  • lighting, air conditioning and equipment (e.g. PCs, printers) in the offices and stores;
  • lighting and equipment in the warehouses;
  • recharging electrical vehicles (Segrate) and forklift trucks (warehouses);
  • radio repeaters (until September 2015).
Electricity consumptionUnit of measurement201320142015*
Total electricity purchased from national gridMWh30,90328,07225,939
of which Monradio ¹MWh8,3379,0018,459

* The 2015 figures contain estimates as the final consumption figures are not available.¹ Since October 2015 Monradio has no longer formed part of Mondadori’s reporting scope. To guarantee the comparability of the data and on the basis of Monradio’s consumption levels, we decided to highlight its data on a yearly basis.

Water consumption ¹

The only water consumed is for hygiene and sanitation purposes in the various offices.
Water drawn from the public water supply is not currently recycled or re-used in the Group offices. The Segrate head office draws on its own wells for the buildings’ air conditioning systems, re-cycling a portion (approximately 30%) for the watering of the surrounding park and for the fire protection system. Since there are no water discharge meters, the volume of water discharged is estimated conservatively as being equal to the amount of water consumed.

DetailUnit of measurement201320142015
Consuption of water from public waterworks ²130,996121,23981,532
of which Monradio ³2,22,12,3
Consuption of water from owned wells2,239,3312,230,0002,215,000
Total2,296,532

¹ When it was not possible to calculate the exact value, due to the fact that the costs for consumption are included in the total maintenance costs for the building, a cautious consumption value was used, equal to 100 l/person/day, based on the number of employees operating in the different offices (this consumption was included in the table under “Consumption of water from public waterworks”).

² The reduction in the consumption of water from public waterworks recorded in 2015 compared with 2014 is mainly due to the fine-tuning of the estimation method applied and the greater quantity of data available on the consumption of stores under direct management.

³ Since October 2015 Monradio has no longer formed part of Mondadori’s reporting scope. To guarantee the comparability of the data and on the basis of Monradio’s consumption levels, we decided to highlight its data on a yearly basis.

Consuption of other materials (in tons)

The Logistics Department uses a lot of packaging materials. The table opposite shows the consumption of the main materials used by Mondadori (in line with the conservative approach, such materials are to be regarded as direct consumption even in the event that management is outsourced).

2015
Row materialDetailVerona logistics centrePress-Di
WoodPallets ¹505902
CardboardBoxes and packing materials813
PolyethyleneFilm103384
PolyethylenePackage filling ²10
PolyethylenePallet covers ²3nd
PolypropyleneTape2nd
PolypropyleneStrapping ²3nd

¹ The pallet consumption data of Press-di are different to those published in the 2014 Sustainability Report as more accurate data on the average weight of pallets has become available.

² The figures relating to package filling materials, pallet covers and strapping only refer to Trade Books; the figures for Mondolibri are not available.

Print cartridge and paper consumption for printouts

Raw material*Detail201320142015
PaperPaper for printouts11397102
Print cartridgesPrint cartridges for printouts643

* tonnes

Waste cycle ¹

Since our direct activities are not industrial, they are not associated with the management of significant waste flows.

The quantities of non-hazardous waste produced are attributable mainly to paper and cardboard, mixed-material packaging, iron and steel. Toxic waste, on the other hand, includes equipment containing HCFCs, batteries, fixing solutions and fluorescent bulbs. The reduction in non-toxic waste is a trend that has been growing in recent years, thanks to a significant drop in paper consumption. A targeted policy to conserve and reuse offices and store furnishings has enabled the production of bulk waste to be limited over the years.

TypeUnit of measurement201320142015
Non-hazardous wastekg291,059176,299247,622.00
Hazardous wastekg2,0202,072270.5
Total247,892.50

¹ figures only relate to the Segrate site