Closing the loop

The definition of the circular economy is based on the implementation of production and consumption strategies that encompass the entire lifecycle of products and seek to create virtuous cycles centred around ideas such as “zero waste”, “value regeneration” and “closed loop”. The concept of the circular economy lies therefore at the centre of topics associated with sustainable development.

  • Renewable energy at production sites
    In 2020, the Group entered into a 100% green energy purchase agreement for the plant in Namur, Belgium, covering the period from 2021 through 2023. This commitment to environmental sustainability comes on top of the upgrades made to the energy management systems used at the plants.
  • Sustainable transportation
    In October 2020, the Group entered into an agreement with Geodis, a leader in international transportation and logistics, that will allow the new fleet of low-CO2-emission vehicles to sustainably transport the company’s products, including hybrid systems and heat pumps, throughout most of Italy.
  • Low-emission painting
    The plant in Genga, Italy, has experimented with using a new enamel that, thanks to a particular formula, allows saving an amount of the product used equal to 10% of its weight, thus reducing the amount of cobalt in the enamel. After generating the report on the final actual savings, the Group’s ambition is to implement the project at other plants.
  • Curbing polluting emissions
    To help make the industry more sustainable while addressing the growing demand for environmentally sustainable products in Europe and across the world, Ariston Group is working on a new generation of low-NOx emission burners (below 50 milligrams per Nm3). These new highly sustainable products further improve on existing ones—a commitment pursued also by training installers to curb emissions even outside the laboratory.

    As part of its efforts to curb polluting emissions, the Group also launched the i-GAP project in partnership with Snam. The intention is to develop technologies for the design and production of natural gas absorption heat pumps for residential use, featuring an innovative thermodynamic cycle, compact dimensions and suitability for high-volume production. These solutions can be easily integrated into the building-plant system and enable several of the energy, environmental, and infrastructure benefits arising from the spread of this heating technology, actively supporting gas penetration in order to gradually decarbonise the residential sector.

    The commitment to reducing emissions concerns also research and development on renewable energy sources. Ariston Group is running laboratory tests on, and experimenting with, biofuels, a green solution that can be used also for oil boilers and for which the Company is developing a dedicated range of burners. Besides biodiesel, Ariston Group is also experimenting with using hydrogen as a potential alternative to natural gas.

  • High-efficiency technologies
    In line with the dramatic acceleration in renewable technologies, Ariston Group offers electric heat pumps that not only contribute to the decarbonisation of the sector the Company operates in, but also address the growing demand for environmentally sustainable products in Europe—which is strongly tied to achieving the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
  • Device recycling
    The Group is implementing several projects aimed at recycling electronic devices more efficiently, providing the installers and distributors of its electric products with a completely free recycling service. The Group is supported in Italy by the ERION consortium, whereas in Spain this service is offered in partnership with ECOLEC—a foundation that provides waste collection services to customers.
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