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 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 cut its emissions, both in 2018 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 (scope of continuing operations – Italy and USA) in 2018 amounted to approximately 35,650 tonnes of CO2eq (-15% versus 2017). Total electricity consumption in 2018 amounted to 13,992 MWh (50,372 GJ, -13% versus 2017), while natural gas consumption amounted to 403,296 m3 (14,169 GJ, -22% versus 2017). The Group does not purchase energy from renewable sources.

Italy

GHG emissions (tonnes)201820172016
Direct (Scope 1) emissions – CO2eq8011,0131,064
Energy indirect (Scope 2) emissions
  • location-based – CO2
 4,8405,8706,527
  • market-based – CO2eq
 6,453 7,374 8,198
Other indirect (Scope 3) emissions 28,53433,69135,392
  • Emissions related to paper production – CO2
 26,96732,33133,990
  • Emissions from business trabel – CO2eq
 1,587 1,3601,402
Total emissions42,983

Emissions shown in the table are calculated using emission factors stated in CO2, except for 2018 Scope 1 emissions and market-based scope 2 emissions.
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 technical reference literature.
Total emissions are shown in CO2 as the share attributable to other gases (CH4 and N2O) is immaterial.

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:

  • The direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions reported in the table consist exclusively of fugitive emissions from air conditioning units, which in 2018 amounted to approximately 75 kg, equivalent to 105 tonnes of CO2eq.
  • While less than in Italy, Mondadori France also saw its electricity consumption fall in 2018: from 2,794 MWh in the prior year to 2,619 MWh (-6%). The drop in consumption was largely driven by measures introduced as of 2015 to reduce electricity consumption.
  • Lastly, as concerns other indirect (scope 3) GHG emissions, the downward trend registered in recent years was due mainly to the lower consumption of printing paper, which fell from approximately 45,839 tonnes in 2016 to approximately 37,000 tonnes in 2018, corresponding to a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions (from 19,711 in 2016 to 14,806 tonnes of CO2 in 2018). The reduction in CO2 emissions over the three years for Mondadori France was 25%.

 

France

GHG emissions (tonnes)201820172016
Direct (Scope 1) emissions – CO2eq105112246
Energy indirect (Scope 2) emissions
  • location-based – CO2
 139120125
  • market-based – CO2eq
 152 137 143
Other indirect (Scope 3) emissions
  • Emissione related to paper production – CO2
 14,80618,05019,711
Total emissions20,082

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, and market-based scope 2 emissions. 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 technical reference literature. Total emissions are shown in CO2 as the share attributable to other gases (CH4 and N2O) is immaterial.

Initiatives to reduce environmental impact

Energy saving initiatives in 2018
2018 was a year of renewed focus on energy saving, especially regarding the Segrate head office. The initiatives reported below are those planned in 2017 and partly implemented in 2018, the benefits of which will be delivered in full in 2019. Other initiatives are currently in the pipeline or being assessed and planned.

All sites (Italy)
Among the measures taken 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 approximately 24%. In 2018, all printers in Italian offices and directly managed stores were replaced by new, high performance all-in-one devices for printing, scanning and photocopying. The new devices 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

  • Nearing completion, the splitting of the induction system on the main building, south 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. Goal: energy saving, increased comfort and ultimate flexibility of the system, allowing a different use on each floor. Annual savings are estimated at approximately 7,000 m3 of gas and 40,000 kW of electricity.
  • Project laid out and request for quotations stage underway 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. Goal: energy saving, increased comfort and ultimate flexibility of the system, allowing a different use on each floor.
  • For both Palazzo Niemeyer and Cascina Tregarezzo, the electrical energy monitoring system was further improved in accordance with Legislative Decree 102/2014. The system allows splitting of energy consumption based on use (conditioning, motive power, lighting, auxiliary devices), crucial for implementing new energy saving measures.

Measures planned or in the pipeline for 2019

Segrate head office

  • Project phase completed to move on to the request for quotations stage of the automated hot/cold CAV box management system on the “Foglia” floor. The project completes the work carried out a few years ago on the “Sottofoglia”. Goal: energy saving, greater system flexibility, improved well-being and drastic cut in control operations (no longer manual and on site via operator).
  • Request for quotations stage for the replacement of the well pumps with new inverter pumps to reduce water and electricity consumption at night and in winter based on actual needs while still ensuring a minimum constant flow to the lake.
  • In the planning and assessment stage, installation of compensating hoods to remove cooking fumes from the canteen. The significant reduction in the need for external air supply ensures direct saving of thermal energy and its cooling, as well as bringing the current hoods up to standard.
  • Gradual replacement of external lamps (in the car park and along walkways) with new LED technology.