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Carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions

To develop its commitment with regard to direct and indirect emissions and gradually reduce them over time, in 2012 IMA joined the Supply Chain Program of CDP (former Carbon Disclosure Project) and from 2014, as a listed company, the Main program of the same project, the Climate Change Program.

CDP is an international non-profit organization that provides companies and the community with a global system for measuring, disseminating, monitoring and publishing information on environmental sustainability issues. The Program, which is aimed at companies, provides for the implementation of strategies designed to gradually reduce emissions, also involving partners along the supply chain, and to manage environmental risks associated with climate change.

Every year companies participating in the Main program of the CDP undertake to report their emissions (calculated in terms of emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent (or CO2e) in order to monitor them and, if possible, establish a plan to reduce them over time: the reported data are made public by the CDP, available to international investors, in order to guide their investment decisions towards companies that have a profile that is more sustainable for the environment.

In 2018, IMA S.p.A. placed itself in the “Awareness C” band, confirming levels similar to the previous year. Since 2014 IMA has been publishing its data in the “CDP” section of the website dedicated to investors, making them freely available to a wider audience.

IMA calculates its “carbon footprint” in terms of CO2 equivalent, reporting:

  • Direct emissions (Scope 1) deriving from the consumption of fuels needed to power thermal plants and machinery (natural gas, diesel and LPG) and the cars of the company pool (petrol, diesel, LPG and methane);
  • Indirect emissions (Scope 2) deriving from electricity consumption, net of energy produced by the photovoltaic park, and self-consumed, and certified supplied energy from renewable sources.

Thanks to the monitoring of emissions, IMA has formulated a plan to contain and reduce them. Various interventions have already been implemented, while others have been programmed as part of a reduction plan.

In 2018, the supply of electricity to the plants of IMA S.p.A. of Ozzano dell’Emilia (Bologna), Via Emilia 428-442, the head office of the Parent Company IMA S.p.A., and of Via I Maggio 14-16, is certified as coming exclusively from renewable sources. In terms of Scope 2, this made it possible to save more than 12,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent of indirect emissions each year (using the Market-based method of calculation set out in the “GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance – An amendment to the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard” of 2015).



ton co2 eq 2017

ton co2 eq 2018

Natural gas consumption emissions 10,916 6,604
LGP consumption emissions 4 4
Diesel consumption emissions 2,653 2,313
Company Car emissions (petrol driven) 155 93
Company Car emissions (gas driven) ND 0.05
Electricity consumption emissions (Location Based Method) 12.580 14,505
Electricity consumption emissions (Market Based Method) ND 21,627

The trend in direct emissions in the two-year period reflects a better quality of the data and information available at Group level regarding natural gas consumption.



The total production of the Italian photovoltaic park of the IMA Group, in 2018, net of network sales, came to 635 MWh, which satisfied part of the energy needs of the various plants served, helping to avoid a total of 189 tons CO2e.



IMA’s activities involve minimum emissions of NOX (nitrogen oxides), SO2 (sulphur dioxide), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and atmospheric particulates, deriving from combustion in the thermal power plants, for space heating purposes and therefore non-productive. Therefore, given the low relevance of the issue at Group level, it was considered appropriate not to report on these pollutants in this document.

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