Reducing energy consumption and combating climate change

The emission reporting process implemented in recent years by the Group has enabled the consolidation of calculation methods, and has acted as a baseline for raising internal awareness about possible policies for the reduction of greenhouse gases generated by its operations. In this regard, the Group has already launched a number of projects to cut its emissions, both in 2019 and in the past. These include 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 (scope of continuing operations – Italy and USA) in 2019 amounted to approximately 32,900 tonnes of CO2(-8% versus 2018). Total electricity consumption in 2019 amounted to 13,165 MWh (47,394 GJ, -4.1% versus 2018), while natural gas consumption amounted to 428,985 m3 (15,144 GJ, +7% versus 2018). The Group does not purchase energy from renewable sources.

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Italy

GHG emissions (tonnes)201920182017
Direct (Scope 1) emissions – CO2eq8488011,013
Energy indirect (Scope 2) emissions
  • location-based – CO2
 4,6174,8405,870
  • market-based – CO2eq
 6,2666,4537,374
Other indirect (Scope 3) emissions 25,95128,53433,691
  • Emissions related to paper production – CO2
 24,43526,96732,331
  • Emissions from business trabel – CO2eq
 1,516 1,5871,360
Total emissions40,574

Location-based Scope 2 emissions are shown in tonnes of CO2; however, the percentage of methane and nitrous oxide has a negligible effect on the total greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq), as inferred from the relating technical literature

Scope 3 emissions linked to paper production are shown in tonnes of CO2, as the source used does not report the emission factors of other gases than CO2

Total emissions are calculated according to the location-based approach and are shown in CO2 as the share attributable to other gases (CH4 and N2O) is immaterial

Figures relating to greenhouse gas emissions from operations run by Rizzoli International Publications refer to energy indirect (Scope 2) emissions and other indirect (Scope 3) emissions.

Currently unavailable are the figures on fugitive emissions from air conditioning equipment for measuring direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions, and those on emissions from business travel.

Total emissions of Rizzoli International Publications increased by 5% in 2019 versus 2018, due mainly to the increase in paper production.

USA

GHG emissions (tonnes)201920182017
Energy indirect (Scope 2) emissions
  • location-based – CO2
 125117231
  • market-based – CO2eq
 125 117 231
Other indirect (Scope 3) emissions 1,365 1,300 1,225
Total emissions1,456

Scope 2 emissions are shown in tonnes of CO2; however, the percentage of methane and nitrous oxide has a negligible effect on the total greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq), as inferred from the relating technical literature

Scope 3 emissions linked exclusively to paper production are shown in tonnes of CO2, as the source used does not report the emission factors of other gases than CO2

Initiatives to reduce environmental impact

2019 was a year of renewed focus on energy saving, especially at the Segrate head office. The initiatives shown below are those planned in 2018 and partly implemented in 2019, the benefits of which will be fully felt in 2020. Other initiatives are currently in the pipeline or being assessed and planned.

All sites (Italy)

Among the measures taken to reduce the environmental impacts of Group offices and stores, efforts have been made in recent years to raise awareness of the responsible use of toners 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 approximately 32%. Toners have also witnessed a decrease in the three-year reporting period, thanks to the replacement in 2018 of all the printers at the Italian sites, including the directly-managed stores, with new all-in-one printers – printer, scanner and photocopier – which, together with print quality and the possibility of printing on any machine at the sites, guarantee a strong reduction in energy consumption and consumables (paper and toners).

Segrate head office

  • Completion in November of the splitting of the induction system on the main building, south side, through sectioning of the hydraulic distribution into two macro-areas per half floor, managed by temperature sets and the installation of inverters on the hot and cold inductor pumps. Goal: energy saving, increased comfort and ultimate flexibility of the system, allowing a different use per half floor. Annual savings are estimated at approximately 6,000 m3 of gas and 30,000 kW.
  • Replacement in June of the north well pump with a new inverter pump to reduce water and electricity consumption at nighttime and in winter, with consumption proportional to actual needs, while still ensuring a minimum constant flow to the lake. Annual savings are estimated at approximately 28,000 kWh, while the reduction in groundwater use is estimated at approximately 250,000 m3/year.
  • Replacement in March of the north tower well booster pumps with new inverter pumps to reduce water and electricity consumption, with consumption proportional to actual needs. Annual savings are estimated at approximately 7,000 kW.
  • Following the construction of the new bookstore in autumn, the old central air treatment systems were replaced by new VRV autonomous systems with heat recovery units on the outdoor air renewal, resulting in greater comfort and flexibility linked to the actual use of the spaces and energy saving.
  • The project shared with the Municipality of Segrate and Fondazione Porcinai saw the redevelopment of the green areas surrounding the headquarters with:>
    • the felling of 108 Italian poplars;
    • 183 plantings, of which 85 Italian poplars (auditorium row, west lakefront side and woods), 48 lime trees (east parking lot sporting side) and 50 trees donated to the Municipality of Segrate.
      Once the work was completed, the area’s tree heritage increased by over 60%, respecting the park’s design and existing species.
  • For both Palazzo Niemeyer and Cascina Tregarezzo, the electrical energy monitoring system was upgraded in accordance with Legislative Decree 102/2014. The system allows to split energy consumption based on use (conditioning, motive power, lighting, auxiliary devices), crucial for implementing new saving measures.

Florence offices

Following a preliminary design by the Group’s Real Estate, the property replaced the old existing chiller and removed the heating plant by installing a new high-efficiency heat pump machine. The work allowed the total closure of the gas contract – approximately 11,000 m3/year – and the related emissions into the atmosphere. The new machine – up and running since the end of June – is fitted with freon gas with lower environmental impact and inverter motors, reducing electricity consumption in summertime.

Initiatives planned or in the pipeline for 2020

Segrate head office

  • Project laid out and quotations requested for the splitting of the induction system on the main building, north side, through sectioning of hydraulic distribution into two macro-areas per half floor, managed by temperature sets and the installation of inverters on the hot and cold inductor pumps, with a view to energy saving, increased comfort and high system flexibility, also allowing a diversified use per half floor.
  • The next forthcoming stage involves the replacement of the south well pump with a new inverter pump to reduce water and electricity consumption at nighttime and in winter, with consumption proportional to actual needs, while still ensuring a minimum constant flow to the lake. Work will be completed with a power-assisted valve on the outlet to the lake to keep the pressure steady, enhancing the installation of the inverter on the two well pumps.
  • In the planning and request for quotations stage for the installation of inverters on multi-purpose well booster pumps. The initiative aims at reducing the consumption of water and electricity proportional to actual needs.
  • In the planning and request for quotations stage is the installation of a new geothermal unit for the treatment of technical environments such as the UPS battery room, the documentation centre and the control room. This initiative is needed to replace machines that are no longer in operation, but at the same time it helps create a system that offers greater efficiency and reduced electricity consumption.
  • In the planning and request for quotations stage is the installation of inverters on well pumps, in order to reduce water and electricity consumption proportional to actual needs.
  • Gradual replacement of external lamps (in the car park and along walkways) with new LED technology.
  • Arrangements laid out for the decommissioning of the underground gas station tanks. By the end of 2020, the tanks will be removed and the surrounding area reclaimed.