The Minister of the Environment, Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, visited the stand of the Riccoboni Group, a leader in Italy in the sector of integrated environmental management, in the treatment and disposal of special waste and in contaminant remediation, having attended Ecomondo 2023 in Rimini to meet the environment sector’s business community to examine important issues.
“I got the chance to show Minister Pichetto Fratin our strategic plan for the next few years”, explained Angelo Riccoboni, the CEO of Riccoboni Holding, “which involves growth both in structural investments and for research into the recovery of material and energy from waste. Our mission is to continue with the cultural and industrial process of turning waste from a problem into an opportunity”.

The Minister listened carefully to Angelo Riccoboni’s concern about how Italy needs to address the deficit in plants for the treatment and disposal of the portion of waste that has reached its end of life, limiting the economic and environmental costs of exporting it to other countries as much as possible.

“The time has come for brave decisions”, Angelo Riccoboni said hopefully, “our sector has developed expertise so it can support a new political-administrative process involving new sites and plants in Italy for the disposal of special waste and, at the same time, to strengthen the system for reusing, recycling and recovering energy”.

The recent RiHabitat plant for the disposal of non-hazardous special waste, commissioned by Riccoboni Holding in Sezzadio (AL), is an environmental stronghold in terms of efficiency and functionality for the benefit of the community and a benchmark case history for future plants. RiHabitat’s total capacity is 1,213,475 m3 (volume of waste and volume of final coverage) which stretches over an area of 122,500 m2. The total volume available for waste placement is 965,975 m3.

The Group is also authorised to build a used mineral oil regeneration plant on a regional scale in Predosa (Al), a circular model that will help close the oil recovery chain by regenerating waste already collected in the region.

Another topic for discussion that emerged at the Riccoboni stand involves contaminant remediation with a focus on reclamation processes of abandoned industrial areas and sites which are progressing slowly.
“The general economic climate is not helping”, explained Angelo Riccoboni, “but greater allocations of resources can no longer be delayed in order to increase recovery projects of remediation areas. And to complete the picture, it is also worth pointing out that already funded remediation projects often get tangled up in red tape which delays their execution times”.

Together with social responsibility policies, these issues were addressed in the “lounge area” during the presentation of the Riccoboni Group’s second sustainability report, which shows the consolidation of the path undertaken in terms of a solid commitment to achieving sustainable development goals.

“This report transparently shows the responsibility we feel and put into practice every day to our people, the companies in the Group’s value chain, as well as the institutions and communities where we operate”, emphasised Angelo Riccoboni. “We consider drafting the report as an integral part of the commitment we have been putting into our work for over 50 years, into protecting people and the environment, and into research and innovation to improve the quality of the environment and life for the generations of today and for those to come”.

The Riccoboni Group will put its model of doing business at the heart of the debate, guided by sustainability as a whole: sustainable governance, the environment and circular processes, and social sustainability. This model also brings value to the regions that are home to the activities of Riccoboni companies, generating shared value for the communities of today and tomorrow.

Here are some figures from the second Sustainability Report

E - emissions and climate change
20% of energy drawn from the grid
13% of consumption from natural gas
28% of water withdrawals from the mains
4% of hazardous waste sent for recovery to systems that use, recycle, compost or recover energy

S - protection and growth of human capital
+7% in employees
+7% in permanent contracts
+30% in average training hours per employee
Zero moderate or serious accidents

G - sustainable governance, creation of shared value, spreading the culture of sustainability
+0.3% for employee wages and benefits
+7% in investments for the relevant community and for social issues
+10% in investments for environmental protection
+3% turnover

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