Environment

Environment
and territory

Environmental protection and the conscientious use of energy resources is one of the cornerstones of Fonderie Palmieri Spa. A foundry is a very energy-intensive and resource-consuming activity, and therefore an in-house environmental office has been created for the continuous and careful monitoring of all industrial activities. All types of environmental activities such as emissions, dust generation, water consumption, steam generation and acoustic nuisance are constantly and carefully monitored to ensure that they are absolutely certain to fall below the permitted limits.

Since 2012, the company has been certified for environmental management according to ISO 14001:2015. This certification is designed to ensure the improvement and control of environmental impacts.
Environmental protection is also an opportunity for industrial development.
Active management aimed at improving environmental impact, reducing pollutants and improving processes also strengthens the competitiveness of industrial activity and safeguards the future of our environment.

DECLARATION REACH

Environmental Performance

Ratio between waste and liquid iron production

ton/ton

The management of hazardous waste has always been a top priority for our company. For years we have had close agreements with the most important and reliable players in the disposal chain. More than 95% of our waste is destined for recycling.

Every year, as required by law, our waste is carefully analysed by specialised laboratories. The relationship between waste and cast iron is very stable thanks to a consolidated and reliable production cycle.

Over the years, the increasingly careful selection of waste has increased the number of waste substance categories produced. In 2018, the complex management of environmental regulations and activities required the introduction of specific software to control them.

Ratio between total electric energy consumption and liquid iron production

kwh/kg

2018 marks an important turnaround in energy efficiency as a result of a major efficiency campaign that is still ongoing.
The negative peak of 2017 was affected, in the first half of the year, by the set in motion of the automatic casting ladle Induga Puma Pro.1500. The results of these efforts were already largely in the second half of 2017 and were largely confirmed in 2018.
The company is working to further improve its performance and has set itself the goal of achieving ISO 50001 Energy Certification by the end of 2020.

Ratio between gas and cast iron produced

m³/tonn

Special cast irons have become one of the strengths of Palmieri Foundries in recent years. Today, the special cast iron sector accounts for about 20% of the volume produced. All these castings are subject to thermic treatment. In recent years, our company has come to equip itself with 3 furnaces for heat treatment that allow total autonomy in the management of this process. The furnaces are equipped with sophisticated systems to control gas consumption and temperatures. Each treatment cycle is verified by expert and qualified technicians and the graphs are stored on special software. The sector is in continuous growth, so we expect further increases in gas consumption in the coming years.

Ratio between water and cast iron produced

m³/tonn

The Fonderie Palmieri obtains the water for the production process from a groundwater well, for which it has a regular usage permission. The constant increase in water consumption is due to a continuous increase in production. In 2015, the company installed a plant for cooling and recycling green sand. Cooling the sand requires large amounts of water to maintain a constant temperature of the moulding sand and thus an efficient use of resources.

The well water is also used for the sanitary facilities (baths and showers), the cooling of the melting furnaces and the cooling of the compressors. The temperature of the cooling water leaving the compressors is approx. 35/45 °C and is stored in a tank and reused as hot water for sanitary purposes.