Environment

Beyond Respect: Commitment To the Environment

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Efficiency and environmental protection in production processes


As a responsible and sustainable business, Brembo is actively engaged in constantly innovating its production processes and transforming its operating model to be increasingly more focused on countering climate change,using water resources rationally and protecting the environment in all its forms. To give concrete shape to its commitment in the environmental field the Group has defined a structured process founded on a systematic, organic and shared approach involving all the production plants in a gradual reduction in their environmental impact.​

​This process is founded on creating a solid culture of sustainability within the Brembo community, as a fundamental tool for stimulating the creation of innovative ideas aimed at constantly reducing energy consumption, atmospheric emissions and use of water resources. In this way all employees are hence asked to make a daily contribution to achieving the business objectives defined by the Group for environmental protection. ​
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In recognising this commitment, in 2018 CDP named Brembo as one of the 136 leading companies at global level for its commitment and capacity to respond to climate change, awarding it an “A” score (on a scale ranging from the lowest D- up to the maximum of A), maintaining its position in the Climate A List, already achieved last year.​

 

Moreover, in 2018, Brembo was named by CDP also as one of the 31 world’s leading companies in terms of commitment to guarantee water security. ​


 

Energy consumption

 

It is claimed by the world’s scientific community that one of the main contributors to the emissions of climate-altering substances lies with CO2 emissions due to electrical energy production. For this reason Brembo is working hard to reduce its impact due to electrical energy use to a maximum, undertaking to play its part in containing global warming.​
On the one hand, this commitment translates into related choices in the energy procurement area, trying to use renewable energy sources as much as possible — to the detriment of fossil fuels — and self-production, through the installation of photovoltaic cells. On the other hand, it aims to promote a reduction in energy consumption to the maximum, in other words to always use less energy in relation to production growth. From this point of view, 2018 saw Brembo define a series of challenging objectives to reduce consumption at its production sites. ​

            
Overall in 2018 Brembo consumed around 4.5 million GJ (Gigajoule, the joule is the unit of measurement of energy), up compared to 2017 mainly due to the start of production and entrance into full production of the cast iron foundries in Homer (USA) and Escobedo (Mexico), the start of production in the aluminium foundry in Nanjing (China) and the expansion of the Dabrowa foundry. This consumption was primarily in the form of electricity (about 69% of total consumption).​

 

           
The CO2eq emissions generated by Brembo’s production activities in 2018 amounted to 910,000 tons (scope 1+2+3), higher than those of 2017. The factors that contributed to the increase are the greater production volumes, which led to greater power consumption. Like every year, the emissions inventory and calculation methodology underwent assurance certification by a third-party body in accordance with the ISO14064 standard. ​​

 

 

Future Goals​​


The Group has set specific medium- and long-term objective to reduce greenhouse gases and implement Brembo’s commitment to environmental protection and combating climate change.​

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Waste Management​​​

Brembo has long been convinced that waste is to be viewed as a resource rather than as something to be disposed of, and hence as still capable of generating value through both potential cost reduction and benefits to the environment, in a manner fully consistent with the logic of the circular economy. The typical situation at certain production facilities — such as cast iron foundries — is a clear example of how this concept is put into practice at Brembo. A foundry primarily uses ferrous scrap, such as cuttings and discarded materials produced during mechanical processing, thereby contributing to circular waste management. The vertical integration of Brembo’s factories is a positive example of how having a foundry near the machining and assembly facility — typically housed within a single industrial complex — in most cases enables immediate reuse of scrap metal in melting furnaces. ​

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