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The safeguarding of the environment

The safeguarding of the environment

One of the Aquafil Group’s main strategic priorities is to grow and produce in full respect of the environment. This is why we constantly strive to increase efficiency and reduce the impact of our production activities.

Raw Materials

Our products are produces both using basic raw materials made of virgin raw materials such as caprolactam, polymers and of recycled waste from the ECONYL® Regeneration System. In the last few years, we have increased the production of secondary materials (especially ECONYL caprolactam), to put onto the market high quality products while also protecting the environment and promoting a circular economy.

Energy Management

Approximately 74% of the total amount of electricity purchased in 2015 by the Group was
hydroelectrically generated. In 2015, the Slovenian Julon d.o.o. plant signed an agreement with
the Atlantis Water Park in Ljubljana to transfer the excess thermal energy produced by the ECONYL® Regeneration System to the waterpark thereby meeting 100% Atlantis’ heating requirements.
This collaboration, which was possible due to the proximity of the facilities, has reduced their environmental impact on the city significantly.

Greenhouse Gas Emission

Greenhouse gas emissions are closely linked to energy consumption resulting from production. We are constantly striving to monitor and reduce the emissions from its activities by improving the energy efficiency of its processes and by favoring renewable energy sources (such as hydropower
and photovoltaic power), which have a lower environmental impact than traditional energy sources.

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Management of Chemicals

Management of Chemicals

We are every actively engaged in the development and supply of high-quality products made with improved formulations and processes in full respect of the environment in which we live.
This is why we keep in compliance with the legislation of the various markets by using chemicals responsibly, monitoring the production chain carefully and consolidating its technical know-how.

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Stakeholder Involvement

The Healthy Seas Initiative

According to the FAO and UNEP, approximately 640,000 tons of end-of-life fishing nets are...

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The Healthy Seas Initiative

According to the FAO and UNEP, approximately 640,000 tons of end-of-life fishing nets are discarded in the oceans each year accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter. These nets, known as ghost fishing nets or “ghost nets”, remain in the marine ecosystem for hundreds of years and are a death trap for whales, turtles and other marine animals that get caught in them with no chance of escape. The small number of fishing nets that are retrieved from the oceans are still often sent to landfill or burnt. In 2013, in collaboration with the ECNC Land & Sea Group and Star Sock, Aquafil launched an initiative called “The Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear”, with the aim of reducing the amount of marine litter floating in the sea, especially end-of-life fishing nets, by recovering and recycling the abandoned material.

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ECONYL® Qualified: the involvement of suppliers

We develop relationships with our suppliers based on the values of transparency,...

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ECONYL® Qualified: the involvement of suppliers

We develop relationships with our suppliers based on the values of transparency, collaboration and mutual fairness, recognizing to them their leading role in the enhancement of joint projects. This gives us great opportunities to bring innovation in our business: in the ECONYL® Qualified Project, for instance, we work together with suppliers to make the ECONYL® supply chain even more virtuous.

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Attention paid to local communities and employees

We manage production facilities in different areas of the world, characterized by cultural...

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Attention paid to local communities and employees

We manage production facilities in different areas of the world, characterized by cultural and social heterogeneity. Respecting the different local cultures, we are committed to ensuring comparable standards to those provided by the laws of the most advanced countries, both in terms of the rights and welfare of workers and for the protection of the environment. Special attention is also dedicated to creating the conditions that will enable the Group's employees to realize their aspirations: this is the reason why we constantly invest in activities aimed at ensuring well-being, professional development, safety and knowledge.

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Partnership with clients for sustainable projects

We believe that collaboration with our customers is an element of high added value. It allows...

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Partnership with clients for sustainable projects

We believe that collaboration with our customers is an element of high added value. It allows us, in fact, to create and share policies and ambitious projects in the field of environmental protection and product innovation, thus giving concrete answers to the sustainability needs of consumer, of public opinion and of the market. For example, many of our customers are involved in the operations of recovery of nylon products reached the end of life in the Aquafil Reclaiming Program, a structured network for the collection of waste at the international level, based on partnerships with institutions, organizations and consortia.

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