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Environmental Sustainability

Energy management, carbon footprint, proper waste disposal are just some of IMA's programmes to protect environmental resources in Italy and in the world.

Environmental Sustainability

IMA acknowledges the importance of protecting and safeguarding the environment as part of strategic business decisions. The Company’s commitment concerns the reduction of its direct and indirect impacts, investments in research and development for sustainable innovation and the promotion of responsible behaviours along the value chain. In terms of direct impacts, IMA is committed to minimizing any possible impact deriving from the production cycle through:

  • rational consumption of energy resources favouring the supply from renewable sources with a low environmental impact;
  • the conservation of limited natural resources and the use of raw materials and products that are preferable because of their reduced environment impact, encouraging recycling or reuse;
  • the prevention of pollution generated by atmospheric emissions, through the use of the best available technologies and methods for calculation and monitoring (carbon footprint);
  • careful management of scrap and waste generated by production activities.

IMA invests in sustainable innovation, progressively adopting solutions that reduce energy requirements and the environmental impact of its products. Moreover, IMA carries out studies and promotes solutions (in partnership with customers) for innovative and environmentally friendly packaging that can reduce food loss and preserve the freshness of food or reduce the impact that plastic components have on the environment and marine ecosystems. IMA promotes projects, also in cooperation with customers and institutions, to raise awareness about the correct use, reuse and recycling of packaging, in line with the concept of circular economy; more generally, it also offers support for activities aimed at improving relationships between businesses and the environment in line with the principles of Green Economy. Projects developed with high-profile customers and partners for the promotion of environmentally friendly, flexible primary packaging are an integral part of IMA’s sustainable development strategy.

The IMA-Nop (IMA No Plastic) project has progressed in 2020: after the recent green light in Strasbourg by the European Parliament, the directive limiting the use of various disposable plastic items requires new automatic machines capable of lowering the use of plastic in packaging. In cooperation with major market players, IMA has already developed some extremely innovative solutions, anticipating the needs of the market.

Additionally, during 2020 IMA S.p.A. launched a project together with Valle Morosina S.p.A., a firm that generates certified carbon credits deriving from the photosynthesis of plants, the circulation of algae in fresh water and the biological farming of fish in the Morosina e Ghebo Storto valley (Venice Southern Lagoon): in particular, IMA acquired sufficient carbon credits to offset all direct emissions (due to the use of fuels and refrigerants) and indirect emissions (due to the use of electricity). As part of the same project, IMA obtained third-party certification of compliance with the ßNeutral standard, which requires a commitment from IMA to steadily reduce the emissions generated by its productive processes. IMA took steps in that direction even before the project was finalised, extending the supply of electricity from certified renewal sources to cover – with retroactive effect from 01/01/2020 – a much higher percentage of emissions than that required by the above standard, namely 14.2% above the 2019 baseline. This confirms the environmental awareness demonstrated by IMA. This initiative represents an important plus for IMA, both in terms of reducing its environmental impact and when reporting and communicating with stakeholders (principally within the Carbon Disclosure Project and the EcoVadis platform). In addition, Valle Morosina S.p.A. is used to hold meetings between IMA managers, suppliers and customers in a natural environment, promoting the essential importance of biodiversity, even for an industrial company. Consistent with the European Green Deal and the international recommendations of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures), IMA has prepared the groundwork for the identification of Science Based Targets that, over time, will enable the Group to reduce its ecological footprint and edge even closer to the “carbon neutrality” goal.

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New materials
Management System: Quality, Safety, Environment
Carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions
Energy management
Waste management