Gualerzi’s sustainability path:
towards a tasty future, together.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Gualerzi decided to comply to the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), a voluntary certification for organizations willing to evaluate and improve their environmental performance.

This instrument is aimed at achieving a sustainable economic development, focusing on companies’ roles and responsibilities.

In this framework, Gualerzi carried out significant investments towards energy efficiency, use of renewable sources, emission reduction and sustainable packaging.

The company obtained multiple environmental certifications to assess and measure the results of these implementations.

During 2022, Gualerzi obtained a gold medal in recognition of the results achieved in sustainability. To receive this medal, companies must achieve an overall score of 67-75.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

GREEN
BUILDINGS

The new plant premises are designed according to the principles of eco-friendly architecture.

COGENERATION
PLANT

Provides for 60% of the electric power required for manufacturing, water heating and refrigeration.

ENTHALPIC
SYSTEM

Takes advantage of the natural outdoor environmental conditions to dry the cured meat.

SMART METERS

Constantly monitor the power consumption of the plants.

LOWENERGY IMPACT

The new production plants are extremely energy efficient.

ARCA GUALERZI'S ATTENTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT
5640

TREES SAVED PER YEAR

1240

TOND OF CO2 SAVED PER YEAR

USE OF RENEWABLE SOURCES

SOLAR
PANELS

Our 330 kW photovoltaic plant harnesses solar energy to produce clean power.

SOLAR THERMAL
TECHNOLOGY

This system leverages sunlight to generate water heating.

THE SUN: OUR NATURAL SOURCE OF POWER

EMISSION REDUCTION

SINGLE ENVIRONMENTAL
AUTHORIZATION (AUA)

The company obtained the Autorizzazione Unica Ambientale (AUA), a specific authorization ensuring control of atmospheric emissions through annual periodic audits of combustion efficiency.

WASTE
MANAGEMENT

Our waste is managed and disposed in compliance with the Italian regulations and the ISO 14001:2015 standard, to which we adhere.

REDUCTION OF
NOISE EMISSIONS

All our plans of interventions are aimed at the reduction of noise pollutionbelow legal limits (e.g.: sound-proof cabins and anti-noise rooms).

CERTIFICATIONS

EMAS
Eco-Management
and Audit Scheme

A voluntary system set up by European Union member states for organisations wishing to implement their own environmental efficiency performance.

Gualerzi S.p.a. is one of the very few food companies to have complied with European Regulation No. 1221/2009, thus earning the prestigious European environmental certification.

This allows our company a more rational management and continuous improvement of environmental aspects based not only on compliance with legal limits, but also on the active participation of employees as well as transparency with institutions and the public.

UNI EN ISO 14001:2015
Certified Environmental

Management

an international standard on a voluntary basis, specifies the requirements of a management system for organisations wishing to manage their environmental responsibilities in a systematic way, thus contributing to the pillar of sustainability. he application of the standard to the environmental aspects of our activities, products and services, allows our company to: 1) constantly monitor environmental performance and take a systematic approach to resolving emergencies; 2) meet compliance obligations (monitoring and maintaining legislative compliance, better communication and collaboration with the authorities); 3) achieve environmental objectives (reducing water and energy wastage…)

UNI EN ISO 50001
Energy Management
System

An international standard relating to the energy management system, promotes energy efficiency through measures and controls designed to help organisations achieve their energy objectives.

The focus is specifically on energy efficiency and above all requires that the promotion of energy efficiency is considered throughout the organisation’s supply chain and, importantly, that it is a requirement for its suppliers.

Gualerzi S.p.a. considers this important certification as a framework for integrating energy performance into the day-to-day management of its business,promoting, in addition, best practices in energy management and seeking, at the same time, to improve its management in the context of greenhouse gas emission reduction projects.

UNI EN ISO
45001:2018
Energy Management
and Safety
Management System

An international standard that defines the minimum standards for enhancing safety, reducing risks in the workplace and improving the health and well-being of workers.

Adaptation to the UNI EN ISO 45001 standard is an internationally recognised tool for our company to combat occupational injuries and illnesses more effectively and, at the same time, a means of enabling better performance in terms of prevention policies.

Given that workers’ health and safety in the workplace are inescapable principles, Gualerzi S.p.a. considers the management of safety in the workplace, included in the company strategy and integrated with quality and environmental policies, an opportunity because it improves performance and projects towards a new model of sustainable competitiveness.

UNI EN ISO 22005
Certification of the
Traceability System in the
Food and Feed Chain

An international reference, with a voluntary basis, supports companies in documenting the history of the product, allowing the origin of the products and raw materials used to be demonstrated at any time. The certification attests to our company’s receptiveness to consumer needs, in particular, people’s growing sensitivity to aspects of food safety, quality and traceability and the need for protection against possible food fraud.

 

DTP 108 (Gluten Free)
A standard that defines the necessary requirements for “Gluten-Free” certification, applies to any type of food product with a gluten content of less than 10 ppm (10 mg/kg), less than the current legal limit of 20 ppm (EC Regulation No. 41/2009), thus representing an additional guarantee for coeliac consumers. This certification represents for our company an objective tool used to demonstrate due diligence in the management of the “Gluten Free” claim as well as providing a guarantee for the coeliac consumer.

International Food
Standard (IFS)
and British Retail
Consortium (BRC)

International quality standards based on a shared evaluation method to qualify and select food suppliers. Now considered a necessary requirement to operate in the sector, these standards are an important tool to demonstrate Gualerzi S.p.a.’s commitment to safety, quality and compliance with the regulations governing the food industry.

ORGANIC
CERTIFICATION

European (EC Reg. 848/18) and Italian regulations guarantee the conformity of organically produced products at all stages of the production chain, from field to table. In particular, ORGANIC production has proved to be the most sustainable model for the environment, and is still the model the European Union is most relying on for a more sustainable future. The certification demonstrates our company’s awareness of this issue, which guarantees compliance with the regulations and conformity requirements for organically produced products, and ensures, at the same time, care for the environment and protection of biodiversity.

CARBON FOOTPRINT
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Evaluation

This certification assesses the environmental impact, in terms of global warming, by a product over its entire life cycle.

We are currently working on obtaining it for several products.

IVSI – Italian deli meats Promotion Institute

Gualerzi S.p.A. adhered to the Manifesto of the Italian deli meats Promotion Institute (IVSI),
promoting values including a deep bond with local areas, a future-oriented vision and also product quality and sustainability.

Its compliance is assured by a Third Party auditor.

ECO-FRIENDLY PACKAGING

RECYCLABLE TRAYS

30% of our sliced products is intended for recyclable paper trays (see picture on the right)

 

In 2020, Gualerzi S.p.A. added recycled plastics (RPET)
in trays, constantly increasing its use until currently reaching 50% of RPET per tray.

 

A share our folding cartons is made of
100% recycled fiber

 

The company goal is to further increase that amount

FSC® stands for Forest Stewardship Council: when a product has this certification, it was surely made using paper or wood issued from responsibly managed forests. FSC® ensures the whole supply chain is managed in an ethical and sustainable way: ecosystems are not destroyed, but protected. Thanks to FSC®, forests never stop growing!

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING AND FOLDING CARTONS
30%

RECYCLABLE TRAYS FOR SLICED PRODUCTS

50%

RPET (RECYCLED PLASTICS) IN EACH TRAY

100%

RECYCLED FIBER FOR A SHARE OF OUR FOLDING CARTONS

OUR COMPANY AS A CASE STUDY BY CENTRICA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

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