SICIT completed the installation and launch of the cogeneration plant, which allows significant energy savings in the Arzignano (Vicenza) plant.
The project is part of the important investment plan that the company approved for the period 2019-2022 to offer a product with increasingly high-added value, in line with market demands.
Massimo Neresini, CEO of SICIT, said: “Since it was founded in 1960, SICIT has paid great attention to environmental issues, creating a unique model of circular economy in the tanning industry’s world. At the same time we have never stopped investing, innovating processes and products, so as to always be able to respond to the dynamics of the market. This is why we have approved an important Plan for the next four years that combines sustainability, excellence and strengthening of production capacity“.
The first of the two is a post-combustion plant for environmental improvement. The installation began in August last year at the Chiampo plant and has been operating 24 hours a day since January 2019. The audit by ARPAV (Regional Agency for Environmental Prevention and Protection of Veneto) and the Province of Vicenza – Environment Sector has given a very positive result, to allow the issuance of the new authorization valid for another 10 years. The analytical results have shown that the pollutants emitted into the atmosphere are well within the regulatory limits, with a reduction efficiency of about 98%.
The second is a cogeneration plant, installed between December 2018 and January 2019, and is currently in the start-up stage with a production potential of 1,000 kWh. It allows a saving of electricity and methane of 20% for the Arzignano plant and up to 14% for both locations. When it reaches its full potential in 2020, it will allow a potential production of 1,560 kWh, generating an energy recovery of about 30% for the Arzignano plant and up to 22% for both.