People, water and energy: the results of Sanpellegrino

Data from the 2022 Sustainability Report: 893 million euros of value generated in 2021, 92.2% distributed to stakeholders. Almost 58 million euros of investments in the factories and 1.15 million euros in the community. As regards the efficiency of production processes, -22% of the use of water at industrial level

Value generated: 893 million euros in 2021, 92.2% distributed to stakeholders. Almost 58 million euros of investments in the factories and 1.15 million euros in the community. As regards the efficiency of production processes, -22% of the use of water at industrial level. These are some of the numbers of the Sustainability Report 2022 of Sanpellegrino, a leading company in Italy in the mineral water and non-alcoholic drinks sector.

“The creation of shared value is a fundamental piece of Sanpellegrino’s operating model which is reflected in industrial plans capable of promoting sustainable growth, and in projects that contribute to promoting the economic development and tourist image of the communities in which we operate. . We constantly invest in our country: in 2021 we allocated 58 million euros to our factories, which often represent the main production reality in these territories – declared Stefano Marini, CEO of the Sanpellegrino Group – Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate culture. . We want to be a Corporate Force for Good within the company and we are committed to achieving this goal by amplifying the positive impact and reducing the ecological footprint of our business ”.

The Sustainability Report therefore highlights the benefits created by Sanpellegrino for people, the territories in which it is present and the planet itself. In 2021, the positive effects from an economic point of view translated into 893 million euros of generated value: 92.2% of this figure was distributed to stakeholders, only 7.7% was retained within the company . Again: attention to the growth of the over 1,400 people who work in the Assago offices and in the production sites in Lombardy, Veneto and Tuscany, is a priority for Sanpellegrino which, during the last year, has involved them in almost 30 thousand hours of training . In the past year, the Group has also hired 228 people, nearly half under the age of 30. While in terms of gender balance, the company has 43% of women in top positions.

Constantly committed to making its activities increasingly efficient and sustainable, in 2021 Sanpellegrino reduced the use of industrial water by 22% compared to the previous year. Thanks to the intervention on the filling machines and on the regulation mechanisms, the company has also come to consume 0.08 liters of process water for every liter of bottled natural mineral water, with a downward trend of 38% compared to 2020. On the energy supply front, since 2011, 100% of the electricity purchased has come from certified renewable sources. Sanpellegrino also implements initiatives to recover and reuse 100% of the waste that comes from the factories.

When to packaging, the study of innovative materials and technologies capable of combining the functionality and safety of its products with the reduction of the environmental impact have led, over the years, the Group to increase the percentage of recycled material in bottles and packaging , arriving in 2021 to use 4,659 tons of R-Pet instead of an equal quantity of virgin Pet, a 100% recyclable material. The company has also been working for some time on packaging lightening and was the first in Italy to launch a bottle made of 100% recycled plastic (R-Pet) in 2021.

Sanpellegrino is also working to improve logistics, making it increasingly efficient and sustainable through the massive use of rail transport, load optimization, strategic logistic partnerships and the use of cutting-edge vehicles powered by LNG, a low fuel emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides and above all BioLng, a biological liquefied natural gas that cancels CO2 emissions. Thanks to sustainable logistics projects implemented over the years, today more than half of the Group’s products are transported on vehicles with low environmental impact: 22% of mineral water, aperitifs and soft drinks travel by train, 18% by sea, while 24% of the remaining road transport travels with vehicles powered by Lng and Bio-Lng.

Chapter restoration of biodiversity and enhancement of natural capital. On this front, responsible and sustainable water management is an integral part of the Group’s DNA which, in addition to preserving the integrity of the springs, has decided to develop a series of projects to take care of local ecosystems. From 2025, Sanpellegrino will expand the scope of its actions by helping nature to retain more water than the company uses in its operations to generate a positive and regenerative impact on the hydrological cycle. Projects will be developed to reforest depleted areas and restore wetlands close to sources.

Sanpellegrino is also developing a series of activities to enhance the natural capital near the springs and help reduce CO2 emissions. An example is the collaboration started by Acqua Panna with the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and Federparchi to develop actions to remove emissions through the increase of the ‘green lung’ constituted by the Acqua Panna reserve in Mugello, as well as to survey and monitor the flora and fauna of this uncontaminated area of ​​1,300 hectares, further protecting it and strengthening its ecosystem.

The sustainability report also records the commitments that Sanpellegrino has set out to achieve in the coming years to have a positive impact on the planet. The Group intends: by 2025 to certify all its plants according to the International Aws (Alliance for Water Stewardship) standard which encourages and rewards the commitment to follow internationally recognized guidelines in the sustainable and shared management of water resources locals; make all its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and use at least 50% recycled plastic for Levissima, S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna; collect as many bottles as it produces by 2030; achieve, at Group level, the net zero emissions target by 2050 in line with the commitment established by the United Nations.