In tackling the issue of energy and energy efficiency, INALCA aims to provide its contribution to the fight against climate change, a global target identified by FAO for the period 2015-2030 and enshrined in major international agreements on the climate in Paris (COP21) signed by 195 countries. For more than 20 years INALCA has focused its efforts on energy efficiency; since 1997, in fact, the first methane cogeneration system was installed in the plant Castelvetro in Modena for the combined generation of electricity and heat.

6 million euros
invested in the plant
of anaerobic digestion

For INALCA, 2016 is a turning point in the fight against climate change. As part of the acquisition of the UNIPEG ASSOFOOD Group, INALCA has acquired an additional anaerobic digestion facility at the Pegognaga (Mn) plant and above all its participation in a 5 MW for the combined production of heat and electricity, in addition to the needs of the adjacent Pegognaga plant; this plant is owned by UNITEA S.r.l., owned by INALCA at 50%, and is fully fuelled with renewable sources, in particular animal fats.

98% of energy
self-produced by biomass and cogeneration

The contribution of this plant to environmental sustainability is extremely important: it will in fact increase the share of self-produced energy to almost 98% of its needs (equivalent to 105,367 MWh), but above all to drastically improve its percentage of renewable sources which ranges from about 5% to 40% of its requirements (43, 157 MWh).

6.800 MWhe
of energy self-produced by biogas

Cogeneration systems represent for INALCA the main tool for improving their energy performance. To date, INALCA has 6 natural gas-fuelled cogeneration engines in four of its main Italian plants – Castelvetro di Modena (MO), Ospedaletto Lodigiano (LO), Rieti and Busseto (PR) – cogeneration plants for a total of 12,7 MW. To these are added renewable energy sources that include, in addition to the aforementioned UNITEA plant powered by animal fats, another 3 biogas plants, for a further 6,8 MW. The cogeneration technology used by INALCA is therefore based on natural methane, biogas, and animal fat and allows the combination with another virtuous technology for the recovery of scrap and by-products of slaughter consisting of anaerobic digestion with biogas production. The anaerobic digestion process allows the recovery of biomass energy not valorised otherised, consisting of organic waste, manure and other non-edible by-products of slaughter.

36.000 TEE*
** (Tons of oil equivalent) saved

In the last 10 years, the Group also promotes and implements energy efficiency projects in his major manufacturing plants. Thanks to these interventions, in the four-year period 2013-2016, the INALCA Group has obtained about 38,000 Energy Efficiency Titles (EET), saving energy equivalent to about 36,000 TEP (equivalent tons of oil equivalent), corresponding to approximately 1,400,000 GJ. If, in 2015, INALCA’s contribution to climate change was quantifiable in around 7,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year not released into the atmosphere, in 2016, thanks to the contribution of the new UNITEA cogeneration system, carbon dioxide savings amounted to about 36,400 tonnes/year of carbon dioxide, drastically improving compared to the previous year. This value takes into account the actual entrance of INALCA into the social structure of this plant on May 1st, 2016. It therefore includes the only May-December period.