Application Case

Sofidel technologies

Sofidel considers Sustainability one of its main pillars to lower costs, motivate staff and attract qualified workers, anticipate stricter standards, increase credibility and transparency to facilitate access to capital and enhance its reputation. In particular, Sofidel has committed to minimizing the impact of production by adopting environmental policies:

  • Fighting Climate Change (the Group joined the WWF Climate Savers Program to reduce CO2 emissions by 11% between 2007 and 2012; in 2012, Sofidel reached its goal). The company is currently committed to further cutting its greenhouse gases by 23% within 2020);
  • Committing to Safeguarding Forest Resources (Sofidel promotes responsible sourcing of raw material with 99.7% of cellulose obtained from certified or controlled sources);
  • Optimizing the Use of Water Resources (Sofidel is committed to reducing water consumption: the specific average amount of water consumed in Sofidel manufacturing process was 7.8* l/kg in 2014). *sector benchmark: 10-25 l/kg

Thanks to the Group’s Sustainable Development Plan, its CO2 emissions have decreased from 906 kgCO2/t in 2009 to 785 kgCO2/t in 2013. The plan is articulated in 3 main pillars: Energy Efficiency improvement and Energy Management Systems implementation, Extended use of Heat and Power Combined Energy Generation Plants, and Renewable energy. So far, the Group has invested more than €35 million.
Energy Efficiency improvement and Energy Management Systems Implementation
Sofidel has implemented an internal Energy Management System, to monitor energy performances and compare them with annual energy targets, which are linked to a rewarding system that motivates employees in the continuous energy improvement. In order to reduce GHG emissions, Sofidel mainly focuses on the process optimization and the energy efficiency improvement. From 2009 to 2013 Sofidel has invested more than €7ml for secondary interventions focused on energy and water saving.
Extended Use of Heat and Power Combined Energy Generation Plants
Sofidel introduced cogeneration in Italy in the early 90’s, installing three gas turbines, for a total of 14 MW. Between 2007 and 2014, 5 MWe gas engine CHP were installed, €7ml were spent to install a 4,6 MWe gas turbine in Poland, reaching an annual saving of more than 13,000t of CO2, and two new CHP gas engines were installed in Florida (around 10 MW).

Sofidel has two amorphous silica photovoltaic plants (around 1 MW in total) and three crystalline silica PV plants (2.76 MW in total). Moreover, it owns two mini-hydroelectric plants for a total annual production close to 3,000 MWh. Sofidel also owns 2 biomass plants that allows for reduction of CO2 close to 13,000t per year per plant.
Distributing tissue in sustainable way can be difficult, mainly because of the very lightweight and voluminous nature of products. Sofidel has been optimizing its Supply Chain through a structured process to eliminate “No Added Value” activities to ensure a low environmental impact of its business, so far reducing CO2 emissions per ton delivered by more than 5%.
Production Assets Investments
Sofidel has invested in new productive assets to serve local markets more closely and to reduce distances from customers, decreasing the total amount of kms covered by their trucks.
Since 2009, Sofidel Group has started a process of production planning optimization, investing in innovative management software (SAP APO). Furthermore, Sofidel has strengthened its central planning department to ensure both quality and Sustainability.
Sofidel has launched a variety of initiatives to optimize its distribution process, such as the Pallet Optimization, which aims at decreasing the total amount of trucks used, cutting down the amount of CO2 per ton delivered. In 2012, Sofidel started a Truck Loading Optimization project, installing a loading analysis software to optimize multi drop deliveries and increase full truck loads. Finally, in 2013 the Group started collaborating with customers and suppliers promoting the use of high volume trucks and/ or ecological fleets to dispatch a smaller number of trailers for the same quantities delivered and reduce empty truck distances.