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RadiciGroup & Geogreen work for water conservation
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Mar '18
Courtesy: Radici Group
Courtesy: Radici Group
RadiciGroup, a producer of a wide range of chemical intermediates, polyamide polymers, engineering plastics, synthetic fibres, and nonwovens, and Geogreen, a Radici family company that supplies electricity to RadiciGroup, discuss on practices for water conservation, on the occasion of World Water Day, an annual event celebrated on March 22, every year.

Conserving water is one of the cornerstones of how their production and power plants operate. With every passing day, the two enterprises are setting increasingly more ambitious goals for consumption reduction, recycling and protecting biodiversity. Firstly, concerning the need for ‘blue gold’ at RadiciGroup, water is used mostly for plant cooling, not in the production processes themselves. Therefore, consumption is fixed and does not depend on production capacity utilisation. In any case, water is treated according to the applicable laws and regulations in each country where Group plants are located and is monitored and discharged in full compliance with the parameters set by the law.

On the subject of water savings, the RadiciGroup synthetic fibres business area, engaged in the production of a variety of polyester and polyamide yarns for different uses, offers solution dyed yarns, which require lower water and energy consumption compared to the yarn obtained by conventional yarn- or piece-dyeing processes. This result is achieved as, in solution dyeing, the colour is added upstream in the extrusion phase and, consequently, is incorporated into the polymer matrix.

Among its activities, Geogreen owns five hydroelectric power stations, distributed throughout the regions of Piedmont and Lombardy, with total installed power generation capacity of 10 MW and annual power generation of about 60 GWh. The total renewable energy production of these power plants – which fall under the small hydro category with reduced environmental impact – corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of a 70,000-resident city, thus preventing the emission to air of 30,000 tons of CO2. Geogreen contributes significantly to ensuring RadiciGroup has an optimal production mix from the point of view of environmental sustainability.

In fact, Geogreen’s electricity production completely covers the power needs of the two Radici Novacips engineering plastics production plants in Italy, in addition to the needs of the polymerisation plants at the Group’s other Italian sites.

Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup said, “As one can see in greater detail in our Sustainability Report, in the three-year period from 2014 to 2016, we managed to further reduce the consumption of water resources per ton of production by 4.2 per cent.” (GK)

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