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21 June 2022

Performance artistica e installazione fotografica “il bianco e il nero”

ALIdARTE, associazione culturale che si occupa della promozione e valorizzazione degli artisti del territorio, nel 2021 ha lanciato il progetto artistico-culturale "La fabbrica, uno spazio alternativo per la cultura".
Lo stabilimento Buzzi Unicem di Monselice ha aderito all’iniziativa offrendo agli artisti ampi spazi espositivi con l’obiettivo di sostenere e incoraggiare l’espressione creativa in tutte le forme dell’arte.

Presso gli spazi della cementeria è stata ospitata dai primi di marzo 2022 e lo sarà ancora fino al 25 giugno, la mostra Lotto per l’arte, un’idea nata dalla collaborazione di tre artiste fotografe amatoriali di Este, - Ilaria Alberti, Sabrina Canola e Paola Limena - che intendono valorizzare la figura della donna artista presente nel territorio locale nel quale vivono.

Le tre fotografe hanno selezionato diversi profili femminili che ogni giorno si adoperano per far conoscere la propria arte e per far emergere e apprezzare la loro ricerca artistica nel campo della pittura, del teatro, del canto, del ballo, dell’arte culinaria, della giocoleria, della poesia e della musica.

“Lotto” è lo sforzo quotidiano che esercita ogni artista per diffondere la sua idea di arte.

Sabato 25 giugno alle ore 21.00, verrà realizzata in stabilimento una performance artistica dagli artisti del gruppo dell’associazione ALIdARTE e le coreografe Debora Vigato e Roberta Quadri della Scuola di danza Sueno Dance.

Lo spettacolo si svolgerà all’interno di una cornice di foto in bianco e nero scattate al workshop di Fotografia di Architettura con Stefano Baldin, realizzato il 20 marzo presso l’azienda. Ingresso libero fino ad esaurimento posti.

Lo spazio allestito all’interno dello Stabilimento Buzzi Unicem diventerà per una sera un teatro a cielo aperto, in cui colore, tessuti, installazioni fotografiche, musica e corpi in movimento si fonderanno insieme.

Il nero evoca raffinatezza, il bianco comunica innocenza. Sono opposti.

É importante riconoscere che, anche se opposti culturalmente e visivamente, il bianco ed il nero non competono, ma piuttosto si completano. La convergenza del bianco e del nero è un esempio di come due divergenze possano comunicare insieme più di quanto non possano fare singolarmente. L’idea da parte di ALIdARTE di presentare questa tematica nasce dal fatto che, come il bianco, il nero si completano, anche lo spazio di una fabbrica, grazie alla collaborazione con il mondo associazionistico e alle proposte culturali e artistiche, può comunicare la mission aziendale e completarsi ponendosi in connessione con il territorio al quale appartiene.

L’evento concluderà la prima parte di collaborazione tra Buzzi Unicem e AliDarte sancendo e rafforzando futuri progetti già in fase progettuale.

19 April 2022

The 2021 edition of Buzzi Unicem’s Sustainability Report confirms the objective of climate neutrality by 2050.

Buzzi Unicem presents the 21st edition of its Sustainability Report, a document that describes its economic, environmental and social performance in 2021.

During the past year, the Company continued its support, at the global level, for communities affected by the Covid-19 emergency, donating €1.5 million through various humanitarian organizations operating in the countries where it operates.

In spite of the global emergency situation and a substantial increase in costs in the second half of the year, production volumes improved and financial results maintained the excellent level attained in the previous year. In addition, 2021 was the year of publication of the GCCA (Global Cement and Concrete Association) roadmap. Buzzi Unicem actively participated in drafting this document, sharing its objectives. The GCCA roadmap presents the gradual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the achievement of climate neutrality by the year 2050. Buzzi Unicem is currently working on the definition of its strategic plan, aimed at setting new targets for the reduction of CO2 emissions.

The Sustainability Report discloses information according to the European Taxonomy Regulation and the climate change risk assessment in line with the recommendations of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures).

The Company confirms its commitment to pursue health and safety objectives for the protection of its employees, with more than 50% of training hours provided on these issues.

In this context of major and significant changes, Buzzi Unicem reaffirms to operate with a view to innovation and progress, attracting and holding on to young talent, promoting meritocracy and teamwork, and sharing with its stakeholders a strategic vision in line with the objectives of sustainable development.

24 March 2022

Buzzi Unicem new sponsor of the Virtus Basket Padova team

An important sponsorship agreement was signed between the Virtus Basket Padova basketball team and Buzzi Unicem S.p.A., two organizations that are inspired by the same ideals. Buzzi Unicem is committed to supporting the black&green club, actively participating in the initiatives scheduled for the upcoming months.

"Because we share a common passion, we are pleased to play an active role in an ambitious and innovative project that goes beyond the traditional sponsorship, since we firmly believe in the importance of supporting young people during their developmental stage, especially after coming out of a difficult period caused by the Covid pandemic" commented Antonio Buzzi, Chief Operating Officer Cemento Italia of Buzzi Unicem.

The appointment is for Monday 28 March 2022 at the Buzzi Unicem plant in Monselice (PD). The event will feature the presentation of the Virtus Basket Padova basketball team and the sharing of the spirit of the MetaVirtus family. An aperitif will be offered on site at the end of the presentation.

 

14 March 2022

ALIdARTE and Buzzi Unicem present the third appointment with "The Factory, an Alternative Space for Culture”

In March 2021, ALIdARTE, a cultural association committed to supporting and promoting local artists, launched the two-year artistic and cultural project entitled "The Factory, an alternative space for culture".

The Buzzi Unicem plant in Monselice has embraced this initiative by offering artists a large exhibition space with the aim of supporting and encouraging creative expression in all art forms.

The third event of this artistic project, after the solo exhibitions of Thomas Prearo and Marco Ferrari, is dedicated to photography and features three women artists: Ilaria Alberti, Sabrina Canola and Paola Limena.

Lotto per l'arte (I fight for art) is an idea that originated from the partnership of these three amateur photographers from Este who wish to promote the figure of the female artist in the local area in which they live.

The three photographers have selected various female figures who strive every day to make their art known and make it possible for their artistic research in the fields of painting, theatre, singing, dancing, culinary art, juggling, poetry and music to emerge and be appreciated.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on Sunday 20 March 2022 at 5 p.m. and will be preceded, from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., by a photographic workshop on architecture held by the professional photographer Stefano Baldin, along with the participation of a number of local photographers with a passion for this form of art.

The exhibition will be open, by appointment, from 20 March to 25 June 2022 at the Buzzi Unicem cement plant in Monselice.

 

To book your visit, contact:

Buzzi Unicem
via Solana, 8 Monselice / mobile: 345 6018458 /
e. mail: visitamonselice@buzziunicem.it

03 March 2022

Buzzi Unicem presents the Stakeholder Engagement Report 2021: focus on the local territory and community

Buzzi Unicem presents the second edition of the "Stakeholder Engagement Report", which describes the activities aimed at stakeholders carried out during 2021.
Inclusion, transparency, and focus on social issues and the environment are some of the principles underlying stakeholder engagement initiatives, which are conducted in collaboration with local entities and associations with the goal of creating new spaces for listening and fostering dialogue with the local territory.
The Report illustrates the widespread involvement of our stakeholders through collaborative events and activities aimed at supporting underprivileged or differently abled people, as well as culture, sports, and the arts.
The cement plants are an integral and integrated part of the local territory and provide a venue for debates and meetings aimed at identifying feasible and tangible projects. 
The production units are also involved in educational projects: they host visits and training courses for students from schools and universities, with the objective of illustrating the production cycle, the techniques employed and the technological innovation. 
The creation and sharing of value continue to be the key principles underpinning the Company's activities, where the building of relationships based on trust is of primary importance in the synergic process of collective growth. 
 

21 February 2022

The future of Buzzi Unicem’s cements is CGreen. Know-how and innovation spawn the line of more sustainable cement products.

Buzzi Unicem launches on the Italian and German markets the new product line called CGreen, a family of COefficient cements. 
In keeping with the sustainability policies that distinguish the company and with the aim of meeting the targets of the future ecological transition, CGreen marks the natural evolution of Buzzi Unicem's hydraulic binders, continuing in the footsteps of a long tradition of high-quality, high-performance products.
The CGreen line was developed by selecting suitable active additions, partially replacing clinker, optimizing grinding and mixing conditions and using new generation additives, at the same time keeping the required technical performance. 

"The ecological transition", explains Antonio Buzzi, Chief Operating Officer Cemento Italia, "calls for us to adapt our behaviors and actions in order to neutralize our carbon footprint: we all have a responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions, which are considered a key factor in amplifying the greenhouse effect and, consequently, climate change. This transition, therefore, implies the partial or total redesign of production processes, distribution systems and consumption patterns, heralding the start of a potential industrial revolution and a change in our habits".
So, in order to meet this challenge and involve the entire supply chain, the company aims at innovation with a line of products duly selected and suited to contain their environmental footprint.

Starting from the Global Warming Potential (GWP) indicator, which indicates the carbon footprint of each individual binder, the Italian CGreen cements were reclassified and organized, highlighting through this new line those products with the best environmental performance. In addition, like all Buzzi Unicem's cements, the CGreen cements are also accompanied by Environmental Product Declarations, obtained through the EPD certification system, which guarantees full transparency and representativeness of the environmental performance of the product throughout its life cycle. 
CGreen will be the distinguishing trademark for low carbon footprint cements in all countries where the group operates. In particular today, Dyckerhoff ECO COMFORT and Dyckerhoff CEDUR cements, launched on the German market, join the CGreen family.

Dirk Beese, Managing Director Dyckerhoff GmbH: “The CGreen cements Dyckerhoff ECO COMFORT and CEDUR are our new cements with a carbon footprint up to 39% lower compared to standard Portland cements. These cements are our solution to the increasing demand for CO2 efficient cements in our markets.”
CGreen represents a further step towards the achievement of energy transition objectives, which the company pursues also by investing in projects for the reduction of all emissions and for the development of technologies aimed at capturing and re-using CO2.


For more details on CGreen line products:

CGreen product line Italy 

CGreen Dyckerhoff Germany 

 

08 February 2022

Fanna Cement Plant – Information on the notices of conclusion of the preliminary investigations conducted by the Public Prosecutor's Office of Trieste

Within the context of a more extensive investigation concerning an alleged illegal waste management carried out by subjects external to the Company, the Trieste Public Prosecutor's Office notified the current and previous Director of the Fanna Plant and the Managing Directors of Buzzi Unicem of a notice of conclusion of preliminary investigations, relating to alleged environmental violations associated with the delivery of Solid Secondary Fuel to the Fanna Plant (PN) [1].

Specifically, there are allegations of non-compliance of the material in connection with the authorization granted to the Fanna Plant. According to the reconstruction carried out by the Carabinieri of the NOE of Udine, to be confirmed by the Courts, the irregularity would seem to be ascribable to an acceptance parameter of the material - no longer required by national legislation - which would not have been complied with by the analyses carried out by the CSS producer, before being delivered to the cement plant.

Buzzi Unicem reaffirms its commitment to strict compliance with environmental regulations and, while fully cooperating with the Judicial Authority in the investigation underway, will proceed with all the checks deemed necessary to ensure such compliance, both by its own corporate structures and by third parties working with Buzzi Unicem. Please note that, as reported in some articles that appeared in the press, that there is no involvement of the Monselice plant or of its local representatives in this matter.

 


[1] Solid Secondary Fuel constitutes a sustainable and environmentally sound practice, recognized by the BAT (Best Available Techniques) of the sector and used on a large scale in Europe. CSS is an alternative to fossil fuels in the cement production cycle thanks to its caloric contribution and has been shown to achieve a reduction of up to 50% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions related to combustion, in line with EU targets for ecological transition.

 

 

18 January 2022

Italgas and Buzzi Unicem sign an agreement to study the feasibility of Power to Gas plants to decarbonize cement production processes

Italgas and Buzzi Unicem have signed an agreement for the development of a feasibility study on the implementation of Power to Gas plants in combination with Carbon Capture Systems at Buzzi Unicem's production plants.

The implementation of these technologies is aimed at promoting the decarbonization of cement and concrete production processes in order to increase environmental sustainability and facilitate the energy transition. In particular, the study will assess the possibility of producing and using, in the most suitable Buzzi Unicem plants, synthetic methane obtained from the combination of green hydrogen produced by the Power to Gas plants with part of the CO2 released in the production processes.

The agreement leverages on the solid experience gained by Italgas with the development of a Power to Gas project in Sardinia to produce green hydrogen with the aim of testing its uses also in urban contexts, in public transport and in supplying local energy-intensive industries.

"We strongly believe in Power to Gas technology – Paolo Gallo, CEO of Italgas affirmed - and in its strategic contribution to the energy transition in terms of sector coupling. The production of hydrogen from renewable sources enables the use of gas networks in the dual function of carrier and energy storage asset, ensuring greater flexibility to the system. The agreement represents a great opportunity for us to take a further step forward in the study of innovative solutions and technological best practices. Therefore, we are pleased to share with Buzzi Unicem the know-how we have developed in the design of the Italgas P2G plant that will be built in Sardinia, creating the first technological showcase of the green hydrogen production chain in Italy".

Luigi Buzzi, Group Technical Director at Buzzi Unicem, confirms that "we are very interested in the opportunity to collaborate with Italgas as an experienced partner to develop a project that is fully integrated into our industrial investment plan aimed at identifying technologies for capturing and reusing the CO2 released by our plants, in line with the roadmaps defined by industry associations.
Our aim is to responsibly contribute to containing climate change by developing CO2 capture technologies and identifying the best solutions for its reuse. We are currently experimenting with Calcium Looping technology for capturing the carbon dioxide released by the production process at our plant in Vernasca (PC). Thanks to the EU Horizon 2020 project "CLEANKER" (CLEAN- clinKER), it will be possible to assess the technical and economic sustainability of this technology and estimate the changes to the plant and the investments required to adopt this process in existing cement plants.
We are ready to face the ecological transition with great determination and motivated to start the Power to Gas project with Italgas soon, hoping that this new technology can be adopted on a large scale in the future".

2021

14 December 2021

Monselice Cement Plant, a year of initiatives for the local community

The year 2021, about to come to an end, has been an extremely positive one for both our Plant and for the strengthening of relationships with the local community.

We are proud to emphasize that in spite of the difficulties brought on by the pandemic, always managed in strict compliance with anti-Covid protocols, we welcomed at our facilities almost 650 visitors, who seized the opportunity to ask us many pertinent questions about our activities,

Throughout the year, we also maintained a constructive dialogue with the local schools, which chose the Monselice Plant for eleven school-work programs and numerous educational and informational visits.

We are also extremely pleased to have been able to implement four partnership projects with as many local associations, and we expect to do even better in 2022.

These are remarkable figures that bear witness to how much the work we have carried out to date has been appreciated and has strengthened the trust of our stakeholders. Therefore, we would like to publicly thank all those who see in us an opportunity to expand the discussion, deepen their knowledge of technological issues and enhance mutual skills.

We are so very proud to be an important part of the Monselice community and want to continue to be so for the coming decades, dealing together and consistently with the challenges brought about by climate change, towards the progressive decarbonization of production processes, continuing along the path we have been following in recent years, with the usual transparency that characterizes the dialogue with our stakeholders.

In this respect, and with reference to the recent articles published in various newspapers, we would like to remind you that the company has only requested, and obtained authorization from the relevant authorities, to build a silo to be used to store a mineral required for our process, thus avoiding its storage outdoors and reducing its environmental impact. On the other hand, the preliminary investigation is still underway with the Municipality to govern the relevant agreement required by the regulations of the Euganean Hills Park.

At this time, we would like to take the opportunity to wish Happy Holidays to the community that hosts us, and remind you once again that you can visit our cement plant by sending an e-mail to the following address visitamonselice@buzziunicem.it.

12 November 2021

Monselice Cement Plant, dialogue and transparency in relations with the local community

In light of the most recent discussions with the Municipality of Monselice, concerning the request to install a silo for the use of iron oxides in the production cycle at the Monselice cement plant, necessary to improve the management of raw materials and reduce their impact on the environment, Buzzi Unicem is constantly receiving provocative attacks, bordering on intimidation, from some well-known local politicians, in the name of an alleged collective will of the local community.

We would like to recall once again that Buzzi Unicem submitted this request in full compliance with the rules governing administrative procedures; after waiting almost two years for the issue of a building permit, the company has had to solicit the Municipality also through legal actions - which it would have been glad to avoid - in order to obtain the acknowledgement of one of its rights.

As required by the regulations of the Parco dei Colli Euganei (The Euganean Hills Regional Park), the text of an agreement was discussed with the parties (Municipality of Monselice, Parco dei Colli Euganei, Company) regularly agreeing upon its content during the conference of services. The Company constructively contributed to its drafting, complying with the Municipality's many requests, only to have it disapproved and rejected by the same Municipality, receiving as an alternative a text focused on two disproportionate requests not pertinent to the object of the proposed project.  Among these, there was also the request, obviously unacceptable, to dismantle the production plant.

Why is it that, starting from a legitimate and responsible request for environmental improvement, such as a storage silo, they now want to force the cement plant to comply with constraints that have nothing to do with the request itself and that even contradict the continuation of an activity with the gradual reduction of its impacts?

A further crescendo of direct and indirect attacks, also through the press, focused the debate on ad hoc statements and prompted popular protests, seeking the political consensus from adjacent municipalities, attributing to the Company the specific intention to use in the production cycle of CSS a fuel resulting from the processing of municipal waste, duly processed downstream the separate collection.

However, the Company has not made any request in this regard, nor expressed any desire to do so, although it considers it to be, in principle, a sustainable practice.

Buzzi Unicem is an important Italian and international company with a family management that conducts its business protecting its employees and guaranteeing direct and indirect employment.
t complies with rules and laws, as every company should, and subjects itself to constant and strict checks on its activities.

Both for the Monselice cement plant and for the other Italian plants, Buzzi Unicem has repeatedly shown in various contexts, also confirmed by studies and in-depth analyses conducted by supervisory bodies, that its emission profile and related effects are perfectly compatible with the host territory, including that of a park.

In its day-to-day activities, the cement plant operates in a clear and environmentally sustainable manner, scientifically presenting its data, submitting it to the verification of public supervisory bodies, talking openly with the local community, associations, schools, opening its doors to visitors and contributing to the culture of truth.

Clearly, though some claim to be in favor of dialogue, such transparency is not something that is appreciated and, after years of misleading stories about the plant's production activities, regularly denied by all the environmental studies that have followed, one has to wonder what the political design is and what advantage there is to gain from constantly telling falsehoods about the cement plant.

All free citizens who think for themselves will be able to draw their own conclusions and work out their own ideas.

In the meantime, Buzzi Unicem will keep on working with pride and professionalism, facing with determination the upcoming challenges for decarbonization, so that our work can be even more human-friendly.

We would like to remind you that the Monselice plant is always open for visits, in compliance with anti-Covid protocols. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the cement production process and its impacts and in asking questions about it is more than welcome.

Should you wish to visit our cement plant, please write to: visitamonselice@buzziunicem.it

20 October 2021

Dialog with the territory, the benefits of working with an eye towards mutual growth

Buzzi Unicem presents its stakeholder engagement projects and reiterates its invitation to communicate, actively participate in schools and collaborate with local communities

All Buzzi Unicem plants are open again for hosting visits.
After a period during which we were forced to slow down our activities, our engineers, technicians and all our staff are now ready to safely welcome anyone who wants to learn more about cement production and the technologies used throughout the production process, ranging from the extraction of raw materials through to the grinding and shipping of clinker.

Buzzi Unicem views Stakeholder Engagement as a systematic process aimed at creating value, and is a fundamental tool for promoting the active involvement of people and sharing the principles and values on which our company is founded.

Numerous projects and initiatives have stemmed from this virtuous process, with the goal of strengthening our synergistic relationships with local communities and creating mutual prosperity and growth. During these last few years, our plants have been the stage for “encounters with art”, and occasions for gatherings and discussions on many topics of interest for local communities. We plan to reiterate our invitation to continue on this path of active involvement by evaluating new projects and initiatives together, site by site.  

We strongly believe in the mutual enrichment deriving from the school-work rotation programs that offer an opportunity for young students to plan their future and prepare their entry into the working world.
Known as “High Five”, this initiative has been developed in conjunction with the schools and is based on the principle of “learn by doing”, by fostering a close-knit collaboration between businesses and educational institutions. The project is an excellent vehicle for overcoming the traditional separation between the worlds of school and work by bringing them closer together through shared pathways aimed at reducing the time of entry into the working world for the younger generations. We have systematically resumed this project and have already received several requests for collaboration from schools.

In terms of continuous improvement, Buzzi Unicem pursues the creation of value through stakeholder engagement best practices, continuing the approach it has taken for several years in sharing common basic principles and standards of honesty and transparency. .


Would you like to visit a cement plant?

To visit a cement plant, please send an email or call one of the contacts listed in the following link: Open plants


High 5: Relationships with schools

For further details:

"Hive Five": School-work rotation
For information and applications for work rotations at the company, please send a request to: scuola@buzziunicem.it


Stakeholder Engagement – for further information on the approach taken by Buzzi Unicem and details on the projects in 2020:

Stakeholder Engagement
Report Stakeholder Engagement

28 September 2021

Marco Ferrari is the featured artist of the second edition of "The factory, an alternative space for culture" organized by Alidarte and Buzzi Unicem

In May 2021 Buzzi Unicem, together with ALIdARTE, a cultural association that promotes and enhances the value of local artists, launched the two-year long artistic-cultural project entitled "The Factory, an alternative space for culture".
The Monselice plant joined the initiative by offering artists large exhibition spaces with the goal of promoting and encouraging creative expression in all art forms. The second edition of this artistic project, after Thomas Prearo's solo exhibition, focuses on ceramics and sculpture with the works of the Paduan artist Marco Ferrari. A truly special exhibition that presents a collection of works, some in ceramic and others in polymateric papier-mâché, which are part of a personal line of research begun by the artist in 2013; a study that starts with the recycling of everyday objects that the artist himself decontextualizes and gives a new, purely artistic form, devoid of their original function. In addition to these renovated objects, there are conceptual installations that deal with the issue of environmental sustainability. Since 2021, Marco Ferrari has been expanding his research, focusing his attention on car and motorbike engine parts, which he manufactures in ceramic, and has even produced prototypes of some racing cars. The exhibition will open on Sunday 10 October 2021 at 4 p.m. with an artistic performance featuring poetic readings and a parade of masks made by children using papier-mâché.
On Sunday 3 October 2021, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Buzzi Unicem will also host an artistic workshop on papier-mâché and the use of recycled materials entitled Fuoco, terra, acqua. Sperimentazioni Artistiche (Fire, earth, water. Artistic experiments) aimed at families, held by the artists Marco Ferrari and Cristina Masiero of the ALIdARTE association.

The exhibition will be open to the public, by appointment only, from 10 October to 10 January 2022, at the cement factory's premises.

These events represent an ambitious project that aims to give voice to the spreading and sharing of art in all its expressions in support of the local art scene for the cultural enrichment of the territory.

 

To book visits to the exhibition, contact:
Buzzi Unicem S.p.A.
Via Solana, 8 Monselice
Tel.: 345 6018458
e.mail: visitamonselice@buzziunicem.it

24 September 2021

Agreement for the construction of a silo: yes to environmental improvements, but staunch opposition to requests for decommissioning

After almost two years from the request to build a silo inside Buzzi Unicem's Monselice cement plant, so as to improve the management of raw materials, also from an environmental standpoint, the Municipality has recently subordinated its consent to the plant's decommissioning, with a non-transparent administrative procedure that has forced the company to appeal to the Veneto Regional Administrative Tribunal (TAR) in order to protect its own interests, those of its employees and related parties, as well as one of the best performing industrial activities in the sector at the national level.

In this context, denying Buzzi Unicem the possibility to build the silo means opposing a small-scale project, perfectly integrated in the existing structures, which would optimize the management of iron oxides, strongly limiting the possible phenomena of diffused dustiness, a reduction which had been requested in the past by the municipal administration itself and by the committees, which are now opposing the project.

Above all, it must be denied that the proposed agreement put forward by the Company does not take into consideration the requests made by the Municipality and Colli Park during the proceedings, since the Company has suggested and agreed to commit to numerous environmental improvements, including:

  • refraining from increasing production capacity and flue gas flow rate;
  • voluntarily reduce the current emission limits provided for by the Integrated Environmental Authorization (A.I.A. or Autorizzazione Integrata Ambientale).
  • refraining from increasing the related traffic
  • providing special guarantees on the future removal of the silo
  • renovating a block of flats adjacent to the Cement Works for activities of general interest to the benefit of local citizens and associations.

After defining these terms, the Municipality, however, has totally deviated from the conclusions reached by the investigative work, effectively thwarting its function and presenting, at the last moment, a document agreed upon with the committees, which would like to see the start of the decommissioning of the plant within a few years and a formal abandonment of alternative fuels, with no technical and environmental reason, as it has been repeatedly made clear by all the technical Agencies over the last few years.

It is also on record that these requests made by the Municipality have not been considered technically congruous even by the municipal offices, proving their incompatibility with the aims of Article 19 of the Environmental Plan and their total disproportionality with respect to the proposed intervention.

As for secondary solid fuels, the issue is not on the agenda, nor has the Company made any request in this regard, despite the fact that the Municipality's claim is now in conflict with national and European provisions on improving environmental and emissions-related performance of this type of plant.

In conclusion, the Company reiterates its intention and willingness to pursue the constant containment of its impacts in order to achieve optimal integration in the territory in which it is located and the continuous improvement of its performance, in line with the provisions of the Environmental Plan.

At the same time, the Company cannot accept conditions of decommissioning or reconversion or make waivers which are not pertinent to the object of the agreement in question, as made clear by various pronouncements of the Regional Administrative Tribunal and recent regional opinions, and - most importantly - which it does not consider to be in the general interest of safeguarding the territory, the environment and employment.

 

02 August 2021

Continuous improvement of the cement plant

The Buzzi Unicem cement plant in Monselice has released its AIA Annual Report. The document, which has been published in its entirety on the website of the Municipality of Monselice, describes all the measures implemented in the last two years for the benefit of the environment.

Among the most important of these was the replacement of the electro-filter with a bag filter to prevent detachment due to carbon monoxide formation.

Other significant measures include dust control in the raw materials unloading area, optimization with CO2 inertization for the fuel utilization line and, since February of this year, the installation of a new opacimeter to monitor dust to the kiln of the grate

Last but not least - among the main energy efficiency measures - the replacement, by the end of 2021, of all indoor lighting fixtures with the best performing and most efficient LED technology.

23 July 2021

Confirmation of project shortcomings highlighted by Buzzi Unicem

The lack of correlation between the detection of heavy metals and the onset of illness or health problems was highlighted at the technical meeting between ASL and the municipality of Barletta and the signatories of the memorandum of understanding on the biomonitoring of children’s nails. 

It was also learned that Dr. Agostini Di Ciaula himself explained that epidemiological studies are needed, admitting that this is an evolving scientific area with no benchmark standards that would give cause for any immediate concern. 

The lack of benchmark standards for the biological sample selected was just one of the aspects that Buzzi Unicem had drawn attention to from the beginning, pointing out the apparent shortcomings that could render the conclusions of the study in question entirely hypothetical. 
Another important aspect that must be carefully evaluated by the authorities is the absence of any correlation with the business activities of the Barletta cement plant.

The company therefore reiterates its complete willingness to collaborate with the authorities involved in the project, fully believing in the importance of providing thorough and accurate information to the citizenry rather than data of dubious value that would only create a climate of insinuation. 

The true undertaking lies in conducting the evaluations methodically and scientifically based on objective and detailed data, which we believe is the only way that can provide the appropriate environmental information.

14 July 2021

Buzzi Unicem finds obvious shortcomings in the metal bioaccumulation study conducted in Barletta by Mr. Di Ciaula

With regard to the study by Mr. Agostino Di Ciaula, conducted at the Barletta cement plant and recently published in the "Exposure and Health" journal, Buzzi Unicem has taken note of the results and has begun a process of in-depth analysis, in order to carefully evaluate the findings of this study.

An initial analysis has revealed obvious shortcomings which could invalidate the study in question. It is therefore considered necessary for the competent authorities to assess the thesis presented in order to provide the public with the proper information.

By way of example, below are some aspects that should be highlighted:

• the emission fallout considered by the research does not reflect the actual situation;
• during the reference period, the kiln at the Barletta cement plant was not running for more than half of the time for air quality purposes;
• the data was published in a biased manner, which did not allow a full analysis of the situation observed;
• for several metals, the study found higher concentrations in the fingernails of children not subjected to the fallout from cement plant emissions;
• the biological samples on the fingernails are prone to external contamination, presenting important critical points in the assessment of environmental exposure in the absence of reliable comparison values. 

The document prepared by Buzzi Unicem will soon be shared with all the competent bodies, with a view to transparency and accountability.

The company reaffirms its commitment to protecting the health and well-being of the communities in which it operates and strives to address in-depth the concerns of many citizens, in everyone’s interest.
 

28 June 2021

2020 cement plant figures available

The key cement plant figures for 2020 are available, reported in individual brochures that can be downloaded from this link as well as obtainable in paper form during plant visits. 

The purpose is to inform our stakeholders about Buzzi Unicem production site activities from both a strictly operational standpoint as well as our presence within the community. More specifically, the data are organized into two main areas, namely the specific figures for each plant and the overall figures for the Group. 
The individual plant figures focus on the environment, employee accidents, events involving the plant and atmospheric emissions. 

The environmental data include the tons of recovered raw materials (circular economy), the kilowatt hours consumed to produce one ton of cementitious material, the megacalories used to produce one ton of clinker, and the environment and safety investments made during the 2018-2020 three-year period. With respect to the atmospheric emissions, we report the figures for dust, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. 

The overall Group figures include the key data for Buzzi Unicem S.p.A, the certifications obtained and the Group’s policies. 

12 May 2021

Investigation by the Prosecutor's Office of Padua

Following the articles that appeared today in the local and Padua press, we would like to clarify once again that the complaint submitted by the Municipality of Monselice and by the local committees refers to events that occurred in 2019, which have already been fully verified by the competent bodies and for which it has been confirmed, on several occasions, that there were no violations by Buzzi Unicem, as well as no consequences for the environment and public health. In particular, we would like to point out that no accidents occurred since, in the event of increases in the CO values in the gaseous effluent, the sector's BAT (Best Available Techniques) provide for the disconnection of the filtration system (electro-filter) installed at the time for safety reasons, prescribing that these moments be contained within the year, something which was amply complied with. Moreover, the replacement of the electro-filter with the bag filter, which took place in February 2020, represents a major investment that demonstrates Buzzi Unicem's commitment to taking all necessary measures to minimize emissions. We are therefore confident that the investigations carried out by the judicial authorities will corroborate the conclusions already reached by the control bodies.

Our activities will continue as usual, in full compliance with the rules, laws and our ethical principles, opening the doors of the cement plant to anyone wishing to visit it and examine in depth any issues of interest to them. Continuing to contribute to enhancing the value of the territory in which we operate through our consolidated relations with all the associations with which we cooperate remains one of our top priorities, which we are committed to pursuing on a daily basis in a professional and transparent manner.
 

12 May 2021

The Monselice plant was shortlisted for the “Cultura + Impresa” award with the “Artibus” project.

Buzzi Unicem S.p.a. participated in the “Impresa + Cultura 2020-2021” competition with various projects and one of these, Artibus, created in collaboration with the Contrada di Marendole in Monselice, was selected as one of the finalists of the award. Against 134 others, Artibus stood out by entering the short list of finalist projects along with 22 other projects. In particular, the project involves the construction of a real sculpture workshop at the plant: this with the aim of recovering and enhancing the manual skills linked to the old trades of the area and providing new professional perspectives to young people.
The winners of the three Category Awards and Special Mentions will be announced at the end of May, but the awards ceremony will take place in early June.
May the best win!

06 May 2021

Buzzi Unicem presents its 2020 Sustainability Report. Attention to environmental issues and help for the local communities for the Covid emergency: these are the topics of focus in the 2020 Sustainability Report

The 2020 edition of Buzzi Unicem’s Sustainability report was presented today.

In addition to accurate reporting of economic, environmental and social indicators, the document also provides an update on objectives and targets, in line with the policies promoted by the company.

From an economic standpoint, the financial results show an improvement on the levels achieved in 2019 despite the difficulties related to the health emergency. The company hopes that both the vaccination plans and the economic stimulus announced by governments will strengthen demand for the sector and contribute to growth.

On the environmental level, the report illustrates the Group's commitment to reducing CO2 which in absolute value, in 2020, was down mainly due to a lower production of clinker and a lower use of electricity.

The year 2021 will be crucial for the definition of new targets for the reduction of CO2 emissions in the medium term, while the goal of climate neutrality by 2050, already announced by Cembureau - the European Cement Manufacturers' Association - could also be confirmed by the end of the year by the global association GCCA (Global Cement and Concrete Association), of which Buzzi Unicem is a member. For the company this is a complex and stimulating challenge, which it does not want to shy away from.

Social performance highlights the results of good practices in terms of health and safety at work and confirms the downward trend in workplace accidents in recent years. In addition, in order to mitigate the problems related to the health emergency, the company has decided to help people in difficulty in the countries where the Group's plants operate by donating over € 3 million to provide tangible help, in collaboration with various non-profit organizations.

Lastly, the company noticed that interest in non-financial information is growing and thus reiterates its commitment to constantly improving the quality and level of detail of non-financial information.

30 April 2021

“2020 Stakeholder Engagement Report” - An important step in the dialogue with stakeholders and the local communities in which we operate

The first edition of the 2020 Stakeholder Engagement Report aims to report on the many initiatives undertaken by Buzzi Unicem in favor of all stakeholders, mainly in the areas where the company operates.

The projects are part of the Stakeholder Engagement Policy and the intention is to highlight the constructive dialogue established over the years, sharing in a transparent manner the activities underway and the company's short and medium-term strategies.

The year 2020 was a difficult one, but despite everything we managed to strengthen our commitments to the community and establish new partnerships. The report identifies the main areas - social, cultural, educational and sports - on which it was deemed appropriate to focus, also on the basis of the needs expressed by the local communities.

In spite of the many difficulties that schools have had to face in recent months, School-Work activities have continued through the Webinar channel, which has been positively accepted and has become a consolidated practice for keeping in touch with the students.

Buzzi Unicem is fully aware of the importance of building and maintaining relationships of trust, based on mutual respect, active partnership, transparency and long-term collaboration with its stakeholders, in order to create shared value.

22 March 2021

It is the duty of the Municipal Administration to reply to the requests it receives

More than a year after the request made to the Municipality of Monselice to build a new storage silo at the cement plant, Buzzi Unicem wishes to provide complete and transparent information on the actions it has recently been forced to take, following the Municipality's failure to reply to its requests.

At the end of 2019, the Company has, in fact, started all the necessary procedures for the authorization of a new silo, with minimal capacity and perfectly integrated into the existing structures, determining a change that affects less than 1% of the total current covered areas of the plant. In particular, the silo in question would be used to feed the iron oxides necessary for the production of clinker, with the aim of avoiding open-air deposits, while at the same time improving material management.

To date, the request sent to the Municipality of Monselice for building authorization and the stipulation of a special agreement to govern the best way to integrate the new silo in the reference context has remained unanswered. After the expiry of the terms provided for by the law, the Company was forced to appeal to the administrative judiciary, an act considered necessary to obtain an answer to the requests submitted.

The current position of the Municipality of Monselice appears to be unjustified, since the construction of the project has been approved from an environmental and landscape point of view by the Province of Padua, through a non-substantial modification of the Integrated Environmental Authorization. The Park Authority has also issued the Landscape Authorization, after a procedure that involved the competent Superintendence, in recognition of the unquestionable environmental benefits described above.

Moreover, it is useful to remember that the Veneto Regional Administrative Court has already specified that the Park Environmental Plan "does not determine the necessary cessation of the activity of the plaintiff's Plant, or its delocalization, but only a concertation between the interested party, the Park Authority, and the Municipal Administration as regards the adoption of measures that must be reasonably suitable to mitigate first of all, the impact of the Plant on the context subject to environmental protection and to allow the optimal integration in the territory, thus limiting to extreme cases, and which must be carefully evaluated in all their tangible implications, the hypothesis of the inhibition of the on-site activity on site and its transfer to another location".

It is precisely the Environmental Plan that provides a specific tool for the implementation of works on existing plants. Therefore, the choice to not take a position with respect to an improved solution is simply unfathomable.

We would like to remind you that the Monselice Plant is always open for visits, in compliance with anti-Covid protocols: anyone interested in learning more about the cement production process, its impact and discussing the matter is welcome. We invite you to visit us by writing to visitamonselice@buzziunicem.it

 

03 March 2021

Investigations of the Prosecutor's Office of Padua

With reference to the request for information regarding the opening of an investigation by the Prosecutor's Office of Padua into emissions from the Monselice cement plant, Buzzi Unicem declares that it is not aware of any criminal proceedings against itself and/or its representatives.

Based on the mentioned period (spring 2019), no anomalies were recorded that were not fully verified by the competent bodies without any environmental criticalities being detected.

Moreover, during this period, the operation of the plant was repeatedly monitored by ARPAV, which ruled out environmental violations by the cement plant.

The relevant documentation is constantly published on the Monselice Municipality website and can be consulted by all those who wish to examine the issues in question in greater depth.

We are open to the highest collaboration and are available should you require further information.

2020

16 November 2020

The three-year collaboration with the Cultural Association Alidarte has begun

Despite the difficult period, an important collaboration with the Alidarte Association of Este was established in Monselice. Alidarte, which brings together the efforts of various artists, has shown us since our first meetings at the Plant a great passion for art, theater, music, photography, teaching and especially the desire to get to know our company, looking for common points on environmental issues.

The three-year agreement provides for many activities including: exhibitions, educational and creative workshops, workshops in English for children, and theatrical performances.
The first exhibition will feature the works of THOMAS PREARO - a disabled artist who has made art his life. During the quarantine period, Thomas created a series of works dedicated to the population of Vo', a city that has been a symbol of resilience since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
His works will soon be on display in the corridors of the Monselice Plant's office building.

19 October 2020

The Monselice Plant and Augusta Contrada Marendole – together for the Artibus project

Tne Augusta Contrada di Marendole and the Monselice Plant have entered into a partnership in favor of the “Artibus”.

Founded with the aim of recovering and promoting the manual skills linked to the ancient crafts of the local territory, the project wishes to provide new professional opportunities for young people through the creation of real workshops for goldsmiths, shoemakers, sailmakers, sculptors and makers of musical instruments.

The Plant was deemed to be the most suitable place to carry out the Sculpture Laboratory. For this purpose, an area was allocated and equipped with compressed air, electricity, boulders coming from our quarry in Alonte and all the necessary PPE for the students and the master sculptors.

The works were exhibited on Friday 16 October, on the occasion of the 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia in Monselice, in the Town Hall garden.

It was an opportunity to make the historical center attractive through the promotion of territorial marketing linked to the craftsmanship of the shops and to show the work carried out with care by the students.

05 February 2020

The Teatrando project "Giovani e scuola in scena"

As part of the partnership between Buzzi Unicem's Monselice Plant and the Vicariate of Este and the "Teatrando" project, which aims to develop the talents of young people in the area, a screening of a short film made by them was held at the cement plant for some local schools. The quality of the project and the rare ability of the young artists to involve those present in the grammar of the audiovisual language of the post-show debate, sparked the enthusiastic appreciation of the large audience of students. A cultural event that featured young students in the dual role of spectators and actors, according to a consolidated modus operandi of the "Teatrando" project, aimed at triggering a healthy mechanism of emulation and a process of identification. After the screening, the students were able to visit the plant as part of the Company’s logic of openness to the local community.

01 January 2020

Daniele Bogni, new Manager of the Monselice Plant

As of January 1, Daniele Bogni will be the new Manager of the Buzzi Unicem Plant in Monselice.

With a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Genoa, after an experience in the chemical industry, he started working for Buzzi Unicem. During his professional career, he held the position of Manager in several Italian plants. In the last years he took on the position of Head of Stakeholder Engagement, launching several projects aimed at of interaction with the local community.