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Energy management

Energy management is a key area to reduce direct and indirect emissions and achieve cost savings at the same time: that is why IMA makes particular efforts to optimize consumption.

Pursuant to the provisions of art. 8 of Legislative Decree 102/2014 (Transposition of EU Directive 27/2012, obligations for Energy Efficiency), IMA S.p.A., falling within the scope of the legislation as a “Large Company,” appointed an ESCo (Energy Service Company) to carry out an Energy diagnosis at its main production sites. In accordance with the Guidelines issued by ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), all plants of the IMA Group were taken into account (not only those included in the scope of this Report, but also the production units of associates of the Parent Company IMA S.p.A. held with interests of between 25% and 50%).

From “clustering”, sites were identified for which a specific Energy Diagnosis should be implemented: specifically, the Diagnoses covered the two main production facilities of IMA S.p.A. (Via Emilia 428-442 and Via I° Maggio 14-16 in Ozzano dell’Emilia, Bologna) and made it possible to identify several potential interventions to improve energy efficiency in future years. Energy Diagnoses will be performed again in 2019.

The object of the Energy Diagnosis is to get in-depth knowledge of the effective energy behaviour (and consumption) of the entity under review in order to identify the most effective amendments of such behaviour to achieve the following objectives:

improve energy efficiency;
• reduce energy supply costs;
• improve environmental sustainability;
• redevelop the energy system.

Various methods have been adopted to reduce energy consumption: from the adoption of responsible behaviour by the personnel (for example, in the company regulation it is recommended to turn off PCs at the end of the working day), to investment in efficient or low energy plants, machinery and devices (involving general and auxiliary production services), through implementation in the technological systems of supervisory systems for their monitoring and control (possibility of programming the operating parameters and switch-on and switch-off times, receiving feedback in the event of losses or faults).


  TOTAL 2017 TOTAL 2018
Energy consumption from non-renewable sources
Natural gas (used for heating work environments) 192,038 116,323
Natural gas (used in vehicles) n.d. 1
LGP (used for roasting and testing roasting machines and for vehicles) 56 57
Diesel (used in generators, motor-driven fire-fighting units and high-pressure cleaners and in vehicles) 35,703 30,945
Petrol (used in vehicles) 2,205 1,322
Total 230,002 148,648
Electricity purchased (tot.) 126,889 129,710
of which from certified renewable sources n.d. 33,175
Electricity that is self-produced and consumed (from photovoltaic system) n.d. 4,018
Electricity that is self-produced and sold/fed back into the grid (by photovoltaic system) n.d. 541



The IMA Group has prepared programs and initiatives aimed at continuous reduction of environmental impacts and improving efficiency in the use of energy resources. In particular, in pursuit of this commitment, the IMA Group has implemented the following policies in Italy:

since 2014, for its largest facility, as well as the Group’s head office, or the Via Emilia 428/442 site in Ozzano dell’Emilia (Bologna), electricity is supplied exclusively from certified renewable sources. In 2018, IMA extended this supply to the Via I Maggio 14-16 site in Ozzano dell’Emilia (Bologna); together, the consumption of these two sites constitutes over 40% of the electricity that IMA purchases on the Italian free market. This source of green energy is certified by appropriate GO (Guarantee of Origin certificates) issued by the entity that supplies the electricity to IMA;

it produces renewable electricity from photovoltaic installation:

  • factory of IMA S.p.A. in Via Emilia 428-442, Ozzano (Bologna): capacity of 155 kWp;
  • factory of IMA S.p.A. in Via Piave 16, Ozzano (Bologna): capacity of 310.9 kWp;
  • factory of G.S. Coating Technologies in Via Friuli 38-40, Osteria Grande (Bologna): capacity of 70 kWp;
  • factory of Revisioni Industriali S.r.l. in via Nobel 34, Ozzano (Bologna): capacity of 19.5 kWp;
  • factory of Eurosicma S.p.A.: plant with capacity of 158.4 kWp

it produces renewable thermal energy using solar collectors (supporting the thermal plant at the factory in Via Emilia 428-442), with a consequent saving in the consumption of methane;

during 2018, it replaced fluorescent lamps with new generation LEDs in workplace lighting systems; over the years to come, this is expected to take place gradually at all the plants;

it implemented a program over the past few years for the gradual replacement of:

  • old compressors with new models that have inverter-controlled motors, more efficient even with partial loads;
  • UPS (back-up power units) with new, more efficient models;
  • conditioners with new models that guarantee greater efficiency and the centralization of installations;

construction has started on a new building for use by the Safe Division of IMA S.p.A. in Ozzano (Bologna), which will have a photovoltaic system with a nominal power of about 800 kWp installed on the roof.

Other energy efficiency initiatives foreseen in the future in Italy concern:

• installation of a gas-powered trigeneration plant for the production of electricity, hot water for heating and refrigerated water for cooling;

• purchase of electricity solely from certified renewal sources for the other sites of IMA S.p.A.

In general, one of the primary objectives over the next few years will be to apply eco-sustainable techniques during the construction of new factories or the renovation or expansion of others (e.g. the use of double glazing, insulation in cavity walls, more efficient systems for the generation of heat and cool air etc.), in order to reduce the energy requirement.



Also with regard to energy consumption, Group companies have launched programs for the management and reduction of their consumption. Most foreign locations have energy-saving lighting, separate waste collection systems and state-of-the-art refrigeration systems.

In some Asian offices, continuous improvements are undertaken to eliminate any gaps with the best practices and current regulations regarding the environment. The Beijing offices have established an environmental policy in accordance with ISO 14001: every month environmental targets, responsibilities and improvement programs are updated and monitored.

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