2021

07 September 2021

USD Vernasca Calcio presents its new team at the cement plant

On September 4th , the Buzzi Unicem Vernasca plant hosted USD Vernasca Calcio (Vernasca Football Club/Association) for the presentation of its First Team for the 2021/2022 season, and the book “U.S.D. Vernasca Settant’anni di Storie” (USD Vernasca – Seventy Years of Stories).

The event opened with a speech from Carlo Gamba, Buzzi Unicem director, who welcomed the players, thanked those in attendance and reiterated an invitation to visit the plant with family and friends, reaffirming the company’s openness towards dialog with local associations and the community.

This was followed by greetings from the mayor, Giuseppe Sidoli, who wished the young athletes excellent results for the upcoming season. He also thanked Buzzi Unicem for upholding its pledge through this event to maintain the utmost openness and transparency towards the local community and associations. Massimo Trabucchi, the President of USD Vernasca, and Angelo Gardella, the FIGC Provincial Delegate, also joined the mayor in his thanks. Luigi Pelò, the outgoing FIGC Provincial Delegate, was also in attendance.

The event concluded with a short tour of the plant.  

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.
 

05 July 2021

The Buzzi Unicem plant in Vernasca, "Sustainability Factory" for Green week 2021

Buzzi Unicem takes part, for the second time, in Green Week, a week of visits, meetings and insights on environmental and corporate sustainability issues.

The event, organized by Italy Post, will be held in Parma in the first week of July and, on Wednesday 7, will involve the Buzzi Unicem plant in Vernasca.

The cement plant, chosen as the "Sustainability Factory", will welcome 30 graduate students and post-graduate masters from all over Italy.

The focal point of the visit will be the pilot plant for the recovery of carbon dioxide "Cleanker" built by LEAP of Piacenza. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn more about the use of CSS in the production of cement.

The visit to our factory is part of the first part of the event which includes a tour to discover the "Factories of Sustainability". Subsequently, the initiative will move to Parma for the Green Economy Festival, which sees the most important exponents of the economy, finance and institutions attentive to sustainability issues as protagonists.

And precisely in Parma, on Friday 9 July, Buzzi Unicem will be present at the meeting "Business strategies for sustainability". The conference, moderated by Diana Cavalcoli, a Corriere della Sera journalist, will see the participation of important representatives of companies of excellence committed to innovation.

For more information: https://www.greenweekfestival.it/ 

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. 

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.

08 February 2021

Renewal of the "Albarola mine" concession

From the article published on February 7, 2021 Buzzi Unicem notes that the content, although based on some data published in the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment), is not supported by a representative photographic image of the condition of the premises, nor even less by a real project rendering produced by the Company.

As indicated in the EIA petition, the environmental reclamation of the mine is based on a scientific study that takes into consideration the intrinsic qualities of the landscape and local environments and the peculiarities of the Albarola site to be restored, according to a technical, multi-disciplinary and systemic approach.

Buzzi Unicem underlines how the mine reclamation project aims, besides achieving the gradual reintegration of the area into the territorial context, to increase the degree of biodiversity and the naturalistic value with the planting of more than 20,000 autochthonous plants and the creation of a new hill morphology which is fully compatible with the overall picture.

The main actions of environmental reclamation, as foreseen at the project level, concern the optimal inclusion of the new morphology in the surrounding territorial context, the use of reclamation techniques with absolutely no impact, the creation of large wooded areas and the restitution of the reclaimed area to the local community, consequently making it available for public use.

07 January 2021

Green light for the SSF at the Vernasca plant

The Lazio Regional Administrative Court rejected the appeal lodged by the Val d'Arda committees against the authorization measures that allowed the introduction of combustible SSF-Fuel at the Vernasca cement plant, as well as against the Ministerial Decree itself (Ministerial Decree 22/2013 - Clini Decree) that establishes the conditions for the use of SSF in cement plants and thermoelectric power plants.

The Lazio Regional Administrative Court, moreover, clarifies that the Company has properly carried out all the administrative procedures and has legitimately obtained the authorizations necessary for the use of SSF (Environmental Impact Assessment and amendment to the Integrated Environmental Authorization).

The ruling reinforces the direction taken by Buzzi Unicem which, for years, has been investing in technical innovation to accelerate the decarbonization process and, consequently, promote a circular economy model, making less and less use of non-renewable fossil resources. The use of SS is therefore in line with European policies for creation and promotion of the circular economy, in full compliance with the European waste hierarchy.

The judges' pronouncement also clarifies the scope of the precautionary principle, often inappropriately invoked to block rigorous and thorough administrative procedures on the basis of simple, albeit legitimate, fears. The doubts of committees and stakeholders deserve to be heard and answered, in an open and transparent manner, bringing to the table scientific knowledge, statistical data and emission measurements, as well as academic validations: all elements that were produced in this case and that have received timely feedback. Prohibiting the realization of a work on the basis of the precautionary principle presupposes, however - clarify the judges - a real scientific uncertainty about its consequences, uncertainty which does not exist in the case analyzed.

The judgment marks an undoubted clarification with a significance of national interest.

2020

30 December 2020

Renewal of the “Albarola mine” concession

The presentation of the EIA application for the Albarola mine mining project is scheduled for today. All the documentation and project drawings are being submitted to the Emilia-Romagna Region and ARPA within the established timeframes and according to the established procedures and concern the renewal of the mining concession for a further thirty years in the two sites of Canova and Albarola.

Following delivery, the competent authority will verify the completeness and adequacy of the documentation submitted.

Subsequently, the actual preliminary investigation will begin with the publication of the project on the Emilia-Romagna Region's environmental assessment website, at the same time initiating the public consultation phase which allows for the submission of any comments by the stakeholders. Appropriate notice of this publication will be given in order to guarantee the participation of the general public.

The Company and the Bodies will review any comments/requests, which will be examined and receive timely feedback during the procedure and the Conferences of Services, in which all the competent Bodies will participate, each for its own area of expertise.

Please note that the EIA, according to the procedure established by law, will be issued as part of a single procedure aimed at obtaining all the necessary authorizations.

03 September 2020

“Value My Brain”: working in full safety with the Smart Helmet 4.0 – the first test at the Vernasca Plant

Buzzi Unicem, always focused on initiatives aimed at improving the safety of its operators, has joined the "Value My Brain" Project organized by Mensior, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Milan and the Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Lab, with a test survey held at the Vernasca cement plant.

Buzzi Unicem's goal is to carefully monitor technological advances, also in the field of workers' health and safety, implementing preventive and proactive actions in order to reach the goal of zero accidents for all its employees.

Mensior offers solutions in the field of Corporate Health and Safety and has developed a non-invasive system to measure in real time the workers' level of mental load and fatigue (Mental Workload).

The measurement is done through a Smart Helmet, a standard work helmet equipped with a small sensor, to be used as any work helmet.

The helmet, after detecting the level of mental load in real time, can alert the wearer when this load is about to reach a high level, in order to prevent errors and accidents caused by fatigue.

The data collected will allow Mensior to refine the algorithms used to calculate the "Mental Workload" and thus make more effective the new generation work helmet on which Mensior has been working for several years, together with the Catholic University of Milan.

Buzzi Unicem's goal is to carefully monitor technological advances, also in the field of workers' health and safety, implementing preventive and proactive actions in order to reach the goal of zero accidents for all its employees.

Mensior offers solutions in the field of Corporate Health and Safety and has developed a non-invasive system to measure in real time the workers' level of mental load and fatigue (Mental Workload).

The measurement is done through a Smart Helmet, a standard work helmet equipped with a small sensor, to be used as any work helmet.

The helmet, after detecting the level of mental load in real time, can alert the wearer when this load is about to reach a high level, in order to prevent errors and accidents caused by fatigue.

The data collected will allow Mensior to refine the algorithms used to calculate the "Mental Workload" and thus make more effective the new generation work helmet on which Mensior has been working for several years, together with the Catholic University of Milan.

10 September 2020

Inauguration of the pilot plant for the CLEANKER project

The pilot plant of the CLEANKER” project was inaugurated at the Buzzi Unicem plant in Vernasca. The aim of this project is to show a technology for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) in cement plants.

After three intense years of work and planning, we have finally reached the crucial stage: the testing in an industrial environment to demonstrate the applicability of Calcium Looping technology to the cement industry in order to capture the carbon dioxide released during the production process. The experimental campaigns will be carried out in a manner typical of research projects: there will be "short" and "long" tests to be carried out over a period of about ten months for effective operation of a maximum of one month. Between one test and another, a variable time will elapse, functional to the analysis of the data collected in the previous campaign to better adjust the operating parameters of the next one.

Thanks to the CLEANKER project (CLEAN- clinKER) it will be possible to estimate the changes and investments needed for the existing cement plants and their operating costs, in order to also evaluate the economic sustainability of the CO2 capturing technology.

During the morning, several speakers took to the podium, addressing the following topics: "CCUS - CO2 Capture, Utilization and Storage - a technological challenge and an opportunity for the industrial world" by Stefano Consonni, LEAP President; "CCUS in the cement industry" with Luigi Buzzi, Group Technical Director; "CLEANKER: technology, experimentation and future prospects" by Matteo Romano of the Milan Polytechnic; "CLEANKER: technological successes achieved" with Giovanni Cinti and Guido Pellegrino of Italcementi; and "The European, national and regional vision for fighting climate change" by the speakers Riccardo Basosi, Marcello Capra, Attilio Raimondi and Sandro Fuzzi.

The meeting was also attended by the Mayor of Vernasca, Giuseppe Sidoli, who spent words of appreciation for all the partners involved in this important innovation project.

The event was covered by the local media with the intent to make the local community better understand the value of this research activity. Fabio Lunardini, journalist for the newspaper Libertà, interviewed Cemento Italia COO Antonio Buzzi and Prof. Stefano Consonni.

The meeting, in which over 50 people participated, ended with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the inauguration of the plant.

29 August 2020

Request for information from the residents

With reference to the residents' request for information, Buzzi Unicem points out, in compliance with the provisions of the existing authorizations, that it transmits the data coming from the monitoring system (EMS) on a daily basis to ARPAE (the appointed control body). With a view to greater transparency, the company has also set up a web page to allow all citizens to consult the same data, formally notifying the municipality of Vernasca. We are waiting for indications from the Administration on the next steps to be taken to make the information public and shared.

With regard to the adaptation of the vehicle fleet, to be used to transport solid secondary fuel, please note that, as expected, the service carrier uses Euro-6 vehicles and the remaining vehicles are regularly and progressively adapted to meet the more stringent environmental standards.

Buzzi Unicem is available to discuss in depth any production and environmental aspect related to its production cycle and to the use of alternative fuels, renewing the invitation to visit the Vernasca plant, so that you may obtain the information needed to satisfy your curiosity or dispel any doubt.

To book a visit, just write to visitavernasca@buzziunicem.it or call us at this number: 0523-894307.

26 August 2021

Certificate of sustainability according to the CSC scheme for the Vernasca Cement Plant

Buzzi Unicem has obtained the certificate of sustainability according to the CSC scheme for the Vernasca cement plant, the second one after Robilante.

The intention to guarantee full control of the sustainability of the supply chain for ready-mix concrete plants also passes through the cement plants, which produce the key component of the final product.

The synergy between cement and ready-mix concrete of the Buzzi Unicem Group and the sharing of operational values, inspired by a controlled and traceable supply chain, makes it possible to align the needs of the two sectors, to the complete satisfaction of end customers and stakeholders.

03 August 2020

Renewal of the "Albarola mine" concession

From the article published on February 7, 2021 Buzzi Unicem notes that the content, although based on some data published in the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment), is not supported by a representative photographic image of the condition of the premises, nor even less by a real project rendering produced by the Company.

As indicated in the EIA petition, the environmental reclamation of the mine is based on a scientific study that takes into consideration the intrinsic qualities of the landscape and local environments and the peculiarities of the Albarola site to be restored, according to a technical, multi-disciplinary and systemic approach.

Buzzi Unicem underlines how the mine reclamation project aims, besides achieving the gradual reintegration of the area into the territorial context, to increase the degree of biodiversity and the naturalistic value with the planting of more than 20,000 autochthonous plants and the creation of a new hill morphology which is fully compatible with the overall picture.

The main actions of environmental reclamation, as foreseen at the project level, concern the optimal inclusion of the new morphology in the surrounding territorial context, the use of reclamation techniques with absolutely no impact, the creation of large wooded areas and the restitution of the reclaimed area to the local community, consequently making it available for public use.

22 July 2020

Clinker line malfunction

Following the event that occurred yesterday morning at the Vernasca plant, we inform you that it was caused by the formation of a clog in the first few meters of the clinker kiln. The kiln was being restarted after the shutdown. As a result, once the blockage was cleared, the accumulated raw material - in jargon "meal" - quickly slid towards the kiln head. 
This situation resulted in the release of air and "meal" dust rising upwards and therefore clearly visible from outside. It is believed that, given the granulometry of the material, the radius of the meal dust fallout was close to the plant.
We wish to inform you that ARPA promptly intervened for the appropriate checks and the company promptly notified the relevant authorities.
From a strictly technical point of view, the anomaly lasted about 20 minutes, within which time all the procedures to verify and contain the malfunction were implemented.
Being aware of the inconvenience created by the event, we wish to apologize to the communities of the nearby municipalities.
We commit ourselves to make sure that such unpleasant events never take place again.

08 February 2020

The CLEANKER project protagonist at the Superquark television program

Over 2 million viewers watched the episode of Superquark on the Italian Television Channel Rai1 on 26 August, which highlighted the innovation and ambition of the European research project CLEANKER, currently being tested at the Buzzi Unicem cement plant in Vernasca.
The journalists Paolo Magliocco and Daniela Franco, with a report by the researcher Martina Fantini from LEAP, who is in charge of the scientific coordination of the project, explained how this initiative aims at isolating carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by the cement plant during the production process, before it is released into the atmosphere.
The evocative name, CLEANKER stands for Clean clinker production through the calcium lopping process, i.e. producing "clean clinker" by capturing the CO2 generated by the production process, through the technology of the regenerative calcium loop. The objective is to isolate CO2 from gases, concentrating it by over 90% and making it subsequently available for underground storage or for reuse in other industrial fields, such as synthesis processes or production of green fuels.
The pilot plant will be inaugurated in October of this year and, during the same month a phase of experimental campaigns and analysis will begin that is set to last one year, ending by 2021.
If expectations are confirmed, CLEANKER could represent an important innovation for the cement sector and for the protection of the environment.

01 June 2020

Buzzi Unicem Bike Team Robilante - Lugagnano Off Road twinship

The twinship between the Buzzi Unicem Bike Team of Robilante and the Lugagnano Off Road was established in Lugagnano.

Both companies are present and have been working for years in their respective areas with the aim of approaching and training young people to the discipline of off-road cycling, thanks to the collaboration of FCI-certified teachers who take care of their training from the very first pedaling, for recreational-motor purposes, up to the technical/athletic training necessary to take part in the competitions.

The Robilante athletes were able to pedal along a route that winds through the hills and around the town characterized by picturesque views, steep climbs and technical trails, whilst the Bike Park of the Lugagnano Off Road company hosted activities full of obstacles and challenging passages.

The day ended with a visit to the Vernasca cement plant, where the Manager stressed how sports, in our case cycling, can promote and allow the sharing of positive experiences and growth for everyone.