Unione Italiana Food, 69 million kg of CO2 saved in 7 years

The new Sustainability Report has been published

A water saving of 270,000 m3, between 2013 and 2019. And again, 69,000,000 kg of CO2 emissions saved, equal to the consumption of approximately 36,300 cars; 19,500,000 Kg of waste recovered more, almost as much as the annual production of waste in a municipality of 39,000 inhabitants. Unione Italiana Food, an association of food categories, which brings together 450 agri-food companies, with 20 product sectors represented, publishes its new Sustainability Report seven years after the first edition.

The 2020 report was born in continuity with the past and takes a step forward, analyzing the trends and concrete results achieved in these 7 years by five different product categories that symbolize Made in Italy: pasta, baked goods, cocoa and chocolate, ice cream, confectionery. These productive sectors are capable of generating a total value of around 20 billion euros per year in our country.

The data contained in the report, collected and processed by Unionfood, comes from 36 production plants located throughout the country which are owned by 10 of the main food companies in Italy: Barilla G. e R. Fratelli SpA, Bauli SpA, Ferrero SpA, Froneri SRL, Nestlé Italiana SpA, Pastificio Lucio Garofalo SpA, Perfetti Van Melle SpA, Sammontana SpA, Sperlari SRL, Unilever Italia Mkt. Operations SRL These are realities that are highly representative of Made in Italy production, with peaks of 90% and 70% in the ice cream and cocoa and chocolate sectors.

“This relationship – he declared Mario Piccialuti, general manager of the Italian Food Union – it encompasses everything the world discusses today, from the fight against the climate emergency, to the close correlation between global food systems and human and environmental health, to the need to implement sustainability and not to let only an unfulfilled promise remain new generations. The realities presented in this Report are strongly rooted in their territories of origin and at the same time capable of bringing the Italian lifestyle to the world, but they represent only the tip of the iceberg of the Italian food sector, for which sustainability has now come alongside. to quality and safety as one of the factors of growth and competitiveness “.

The calculation of the environmental indicators analyzed (energy, water, waste, CO2, by-products, production) shows that the improvement path is transversal to all the sectors analyzed. If, for example, the production of bakery and recurring products, such as Pandoro and Panettone, stands out for the important savings in carbon dioxide emissions (about 42.7%, from 2013 to 2019) and the confectionery sector for those of water (at least 14.51 m3 of water saved for each ton of product are calculated), the cocoa and chocolate sector excels in the use of renewable electricity, so much so that it went from 7% in 2013 to 100% in 2019.