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Management System: Quality, Safety, Environment

IMA has prepared programs and initiatives designed to progressively reduce environmental impact and improve efficiency in the use of energy resources.
This action is included in the path undertaken by IMA S.p.A. to obtain ISO 14001 certification of its Environmental Management System (EMS).
Certification was confirmed during 2020 for the headquarters of IMA S.p.A. at Via Emilia 428- 442, and the locations at Via I Maggio 14-16 (including the connected satellite location at via Libertà 1-15), Via Piave 16 and Via Tolara 121/A in Ozzano dell’Emilia (BO), as well as for the main locations in Calenzano (FI) and Bentivoglio (BO). ISO 14001 certification was also confirmed in 2020 for Corazza S.p.A. and Atop S.p.A. (which also has EMAS certification and registration).

In the context of the EMS, IMA:

• plans audit, supervisory and control activities to check proper application of its environmental protection procedures, even in possible emergency situations (e.g. spillage of hazardous substances into the soil or surface waters), for which emergency squads have been appointed and trained in much the same way as those responsible for managing health and safety emergencies;
• plans training for personnel in order to enhance their awareness of environmental issues and the need to reduce energy consumption, assigning them the related responsibilities;
• informs contractors, subcontractors and the suppliers of services about the contents of the Environmental Policy, in the context of their Corporate Social Responsibility, and about the procedures they are requested to implement.
Energy consumption is one of IMA’s principal environmental impacts, with the consequent emission of greenhouse gases, while another is the generation and disposal of waste, most of which is industrial in nature, although some can be considered urban waste. In this regard, IMA strives to identify and implement actions to monitor and reduce these impacts, including via the installation of technological installations with a lower direct and/or indirect environmental impact. All these impacts, including atmospheric emissions (from the mechanical processes carried out internally, generating pollutants that are suitably captured in air ducts, filtered and cleaned prior to discharge), are managed in full compliance with the regulations. In particular, all IMA Italian companies hold all necessary authorisations issued by the competent bodies. This is confirmed by the fact that, in 2020, no fines or other penalties were levied for infringements of the environmental regulations (with specific reference to Italian Legislative Decree 152/2006). Compliance with the limits on atmospheric emissions is monitored and specific analyses are carried out with the frequency established by law.
To a lesser extent, inasmuch as they potentially derive from the work performed in the workplace, IMA has carried out specific measurements at its main plants aimed at assessing and highlighting its own regulatory compliance in terms of the acoustic and electromagnetic pollution of the surrounding environment, also respecting the quality objectives set by legislation for the protection of any civilian populations living near industrial sites.

The direct and indirect impacts of water consumption are also monitored continuously, although they are not significant. The waste water generated can essentially be compared with domestic waste water. The IMA companies in the world manage environmental matters in compliance with current local regulations.