BePlanet is not a slogan or a logo, but represents a concrete and tangible commitment to achieving, year by year, results that succeed in preserving the environment while improving production quality standards. It is the synthesis of a journey that began many years ago in which strategic goals for reducing the footprint on water, soil, air and energy were defined. The project brings together and organizes the initiatives Beretta undertakes every day to protect the environment. There are six main areas of intervention taking as reference the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals:
1. Reduction in CO2 emissions
2. Reduction in the consumption of raw materials
3. Reduction in waste production
4. Reduction in the use of harmful materials
5. Reclamation of contaminated territories
6. Smart Energy Management
Authorizations and certifications
For its regulatory regime, Beretta has the mandatory Integrated Environmental Authorization (AIA or IEA) to comply with the principles of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) set out by the European Union since 1996. IEA is required for operating certain types of production facilities that, if not managed using the best available technology, could have significant impacts on the surrounding environment. ISO 14001 certified, the company drafts an annual environmental report that considers its relative and absolute environmental impact in terms of air, water, soil - consumption of resources and production of waste - and energy. At Beretta, the abatement systems for pollution and dust, in water and air, adopted in the production process have as an internal goal a performance that is significantly higher than that required by the related regulations. Indeed, a much more stringent limit was set internally, equal to 50% of the emission limit stipulated in the Law.
Reducing water consumption
By constructing special water treatment plants, we can now reuse water from processes with annual savings of over 55,000,000 litres, starting from a water need of 200 million litres per year. In the production cycle, significant quantities of water are used for washing the surfaces of the parts. The water is treated before flowing into the river Mella; a significant proportion of this water is treated in a closed circuit demineralization plant, so as to put it back into circulation, with a minimum production of waste arising from resin regeneration. The same technological configuration for the surface treatment plant has been used by our American subsidiary's production site where the water is only consumed through its evaporation. The water recycling process has been designed in such a way that there is not even any need for a drainage system. A second water recovery circuit, which has operated since 2000, is located on the line of cutting fluids, which instead of being eliminated after use are evaporated to recover the aqueous part by 40%.
There are multiple processes used at the company that produce different types of waste, which are managed in accordance with Italian law. To achieve the set objectives, we have adopted technological solutions, such as replacing obsolete systems, and management solutions, such as staff training. We are currently evaluating the use of more sustainable packaging, to replace plastic cases with cardboard packaging, and the digitization of instruction booklets.
Reducing plastic packaging has enabled us to cut down 130 tons of the material over the three-year period 2020-2022. The reduction of paper manuals, on the other hand, resulted in "saving" 51 tons of paper. Also in manufacturing, the use of water-based paints and degreasing products has become preponderant: halved the use of solvents.
Reduction in CO2 emissions
Great attention is paid to all policies on atmospheric CO2 emissions: cutting 455 tons is not enough for us. Constant monitoring of the company's impact ensures continuous and substantial room for improvement through increasingly targeted future investments. The Carbon Footprint Assesment, or assessment in terms of CO2 emissions, is the guide to better planning all future investments by defining the areas with the greatest room for improvement in reducing emissions and defining possible future offsetting and mitigation actions. Together with the projects involving industrial plants, activities to renew the car fleet are continuously implemented, in parallel with the setting up of the infrastructure needed to recharge "hybrid" vehicles. The use of "smart working" also contributes to achieving positive results.
Smart energy management
To meet its energy needs, Beretta built its first hydroelectric plant in 1913, which was followed by a second plant in 1949 and, in 1998, the first gas CHP plant. In 2009, we installed our first photovoltaic system and, the following year, a second system, for a total power of 157 kW. Fabbrica d’Armi has for years now been powered by renewable energy covering 45% of its needs, which rises to 75% if we consider High-Efficiency CHP. In 2021, we also installed software that monitors continuously our energy consumption and will allow us to identify precisely where we waste energy and define an action plan to reduce such waste. Alongside these measures, we have also replaced most of the external doors and windows, which has led to significant savings in terms of energy consumption, as well as being of benefit in terms of heat and noise. We have also replaced all the lighting, transitioning from neon to LED technology.
From all these "good initiatives" the Sustainability Report was born. Although it is not mandatory for the company, Beretta, since 2021 has been publishing a document in which it shows the stakeholders its own vision of a sustainable company. It was decided to highlight all concrete actions, creating a Manifesto, to contribute to global development and to promote human and environmental well-being. For a new paradigm of sustainability.