Energy

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Energy consumption​


In line with the indications of the global scientific community, Brembo's policy is to maximise efficiency in the use of energy while keeping CO2eq and other pollutant emissions to a minimum. This policy is aimed at minimising the environmental impact and continuously improving energy performance, reducing energy intensity and CO2eq emissions due to production processes and at the same time ensuring economically sustainable operations. 


In line with what has been expressed through the Environment and Energy Policy, Brembo has defined a strategy aimed at the progressive reduction of energy consumption, designed both to cut processing costs and reduce the Group's contribution to the emission of climate-altering substances. In order to reach these objectives, and in keeping with that has been set out in its Environment and Energy Policy, the Group has provided itself with an Energy Management System compliant with ISO 50001:2018, extending it gradually to an increasing number of sites. 


When choosing energy sources, Brembo favours renewable energy sources over fossil fuels, by also increasing its self-production capacity, including through the installation of photovoltaic panels. As a result, the Group’s commitment to purchase renewable energy also continued in 2021. In particular, the energy quota from renewable sources which the Group procured rose from 43% in 2020 to 53% in 2021. Self-production is also a further area of intervention. 


The energy consumption optimisationmeasures have produced major savings and reduced costs significantly, both in the Group’s older plants built with previous-generation technology, and in the more recently constructed plants which, built with high energy efficiency, cutting-edge technologies, have focused on the management procedures connected with electricity use in both general technical and processing systems. Overall the measures implemented in 2021 in the various production sites reduced energy consumption by 105,581 GJ, equivalent to 16,062 tonnes of emissions of CO2eq.

 

Overall, in 2021 Brembo's energy consumption amounted to 4.7 million GJ, with a 13% increase compared to 2020 (4% compared to 2019), as a result of a balance of resumption and growth of production activities — previously affected by production stoppages due to the pandemic — and energy efficiency projects. 

This consumption is predominantly in the form of electrical energy (which continued to account for approx. 71% of total energy consumption) equivalent to more than 3,000,000 GJ, primarily used by the cast iron melting furnaces and secondarily by the mechanical processing systems and compressed air production systems used in the production processes. Natural gas consumption, primarily used in the aluminium melting processes, is equivalent to more than 1,000,000 GJ. ​

 

 

​Brembo Energy Platform


In 2018, Brembo launched a project to permanently monitor the energy consumption of every facility, of every department and, where consumption levels are significant, of production machinery as well, whether general or auxiliary to process. 

After experiencing a slowdown in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the goal of completing the installation of the platform at all the Group's production sites was achieved during 2021. 

Detailed data on electricity consumption continued to be available to an increasing number of technical staff in each factory who, thanks to a dedicated training programme, are increasingly involved in data processing and analysis activities to identify possible opportunities for improvement and reduction. 

In addition to electricity consumption data, the platform is designed to monitor the consumption of other carriers, such as natural gas, compressed air and water. In this sense, the process of installing and connecting the meters began according to centrally defined criteria and in line with an implementation plan agreed with the plants. An additional benefit provided by this tool is the support offered to the ISO 50001-compliant energy management system, implemented and incorporated within the Group’s Environmental Management System as of 2019.


 

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