GETRA AT THE SERVICE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Moving towards the future with a view to sustainability means following development processes while safeguarding environmental resources without compromising them for the next generations.

The Getra Group is a consolidated industrial reality in the production of electrical transformers that has always been focused to environmental sustainability. Getra considers respect for the environment a primary value and is committed to making its business and production processes compliant with the respect and protection of the territory, natural resources and the surrounding environment.

HIGHLIGHTS

Carbon Neutral

Circular Economy

Social Sustainability

CARBON NEUTRAL

The Group has long-term goals to become Carbon Neutral, reducing Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions in its manufacturing factories.

Getra is committed to controlling and reducing CO2 emissions. According to the environmental system, Getra makes the Carbon Footprint study by calculating the CHG emissions in accordance with the data model on greenhouse gas emissions.

The Carbon Footprint study includes the emission sources into three macro-classes: Scope 1 emissions are direct and generated by the combustion of gas for factories. Scope 2 emissions are indirect and generated by the production of electricity acquired to power, light and heat the offices and factories. Finally, Scope 3 emissions include all other indirect emissions generated by the company’s value chain.

To reduce direct Scope 1 emissions, Getra invests in energy efficiency. To reduce the indirect emissions of Scope 2, energy is being sourced from renewable sources and, at the same time, an optimization of the heat treatment of transformers is being implemented. Finally, the development of sustainable programs with suppliers responsible for 50% of the supply chain emissions, the end-life study in order to reuse the main components of the transformer and the internalization of production processes contribute to the reduction of Scope 3 emissions.

Getra estimates the environmental aspects associated with its activities to ensure that improvement actions are implemented, where technically possible, through:

  • The identification of the environmental aspects and impacts related to the activities carried out, in all conditions, normal and abnormal and emergency situations;
  • The quantification of incoming and outgoing environmental flows (intentional and unintentional) linked to the activities;
  • The determination of the significant environmental aspects, using a methodology that makes the evaluation results consistent with: environmental policy and objective numerical data, where available.

Getra also invests and acts in compliance with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria, generating value for all stakeholders, employees, customers, suppliers and society in general, including the environment. The Group wants to contribute to the achievement of the 17 goals, defined by the United Nations Organization, as a strategy to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

CARBON FOOTPRINT ISO 14067

The Carbon Footprint is the combination of the emissions and removals of greenhouse gases (GHG) over the life cycle of a product.

In 2018, the Getra Group started a study relating to the ISO 14067 standard, which defines the principles, requirements and guidelines for planning and reporting of the CFP.

The path for studying and obtaining the ISO 14067 certification is an investment strongly felt by the Getra Group.

This study allows:

  • Ability to prove product environmental performance;
  • Credibility of environmental communication;
  • Reduction of greenwashing risk.

It has been estimated that, thanks to this study, there will be a reduction of at least 5% of CO2 and an extension of the life cycle of the transformer.

For the CFP study, different types of transformers are taken into consideration, in mineral oil and in vegetable ester, both for the Getra Power, based in Marcianise, and for the Getra Distribution branch based in Pignataro Maggiore.
The entire life cycle of each group of transformers is estimated considering the component materials, the raw material, the type of packaging and the end use. Finally, during the study, an overview of the environmental matrices of the plant emerges and how they interfere in the production cycle of the transformer.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Getra has adopted the Circluar Economy production and consumption model, which is based on five key pillars: sharing, reuse, repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing materials and products. This model extends the life cycle of products, helping to reduce waste.
Adopting a circular approach means reviewing all phases, from design, to production, to consumption, up to the end-of-life destination of the product. In addition, review all the processes of the company organization, with a particular focus to energy efficiency, the guidelines for the quantification and reporting of CFP, the containment of waste production and eco design.

Getra pays attention to the entire supply chain involved in the production cycle with particular regard to the materials supplied by suppliers that must also be circular in order to make the finished product fully integrated into the new model. This attention is also manifested through the respect of specific basic principles:

  • Designing products immediately thinking about their use at the end of their life, therefore with characteristics that will allow their disassembly and/or regeneration;
  • Give priority to the modularity, versatility and adaptability of the product so that its use can be adapted to changing external conditions;
  • Thinking globally, paying attention to the whole system and considering the cause-effect relationships between the different components.
The new technologies, uses in the Getra factories, facilitate the adaptation to the directives of the circular economy using new environmentally friendly materials.

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

The Getra Group is focused to Social Sustainability and supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an approach indicated by the United Nations, and implemented by the company with a policy completely dedicated to the issue of human rights.

People are indispensable for the existence, development and success of the Group. Getra pays particular attention to the valorization, protection and development of the skills and competences of all employees in order to give them the possibility to express their potential at the highest level and, consequently, contribute to the achievement of the objectives in compliance with the social responsibility commitments.

Getra also plays an active role in the social context where it is developing a reference hub. The company contributes and supports social initiatives, with the Matching Energies Foundation, to support the community and provide concrete contributions to the social and cultural growth of the area.

The Getra Group stands alongside the San Carlo Theater in 2019, supporting “Concerto d’Imprese“, a project aimed at implementing interventions for the establishment, promotion and development of the artistic offer of the prestigious opera house of Naples.

“Getra is an industrial reality in the energy sector that supports cultural institutions, paying particular attention to the artistic activity of the San Carlo Theater, which stands out as a cultural center of international scope and is a pride of the Italian musical tradition. Our company has always – says Ludovica Zigon, Sales Director – wanted to become a reference for social and cultural development, as well as economic, of the territory in which it operates, animated by the certainty that culture is one of the primary engines of the Italian economy”.

By participating to the “Concerto d’imprese” project of the San Carlo Theater, Getra shows its attention in valuing the historical and musical heritage by combining interest in art with concrete support for development actions.

During 2018, Getra adheres to the “Gardens of Piazza Carlo III” project, which provides for the maintenance of the gardens at the entrance to the Royal Palace of Caserta, contributing to the improvement of the artistic and cultural heritage of the city.

“Our participation in this project confirms the strong orientation of the company in providing active contributions to the growth of the territory in which it operates and in particular to the knowledge of the artistic and cultural heritage of Caserta and its province”, comments the Sales Director of Getra, Ludovica Zigon.

“I believe that from today we can write a new chapter in the story of a Southern Italy that knows how to recover the founding values of its history and takes charge of fully enhancing its origins. Because this is an unavoidable prerequisite to be able to face the challenges of the future with tenacity and confidence”.

In line with its mission of promoting and developing eco-sustainable lifestyles, the Matching Energies Foundation, founded in 2012 by the Getra Group, offered the Municipality of Capri, free of charge, a feasibility study for the “Capri Smart Island”.

The aim of the project is to study the application of innovative solutions in the field of electricity distribution integrated with production systems from renewable sources, energy efficiency, IC.T methodologies and electric mobility.

Objectives of the project:

  • Technical-economic feasibility of the construction of a demonstrator (microgrid) capable of satisfying all the energy needs of a building in an efficient and environmentally friendly way, after having transformed it into a building with very low energy consumption
  • Technical-economic feasibility of an electric microgrid and a district heating / cooling mini-network
  • Promotion of efficient systems for heating buildings and / or sanitary water
  • Interventions on land mobility with electric propulsion vehicles.

Desirable results:

  • 1. Efficiency of plants and buildings to minimize the required energy inputs
  • 2. Choice of the optimal combination of energy vector generation systems:
    – Photovoltaic system, integrated with a solar thermal system
    – Use of local biomass, possibly pelletized
    – Use of organic waste
    – Use of GPL
    – Closed cycle engine (organic fluid or Stirling engine) powered by a heat carrier fluid heated by a boiler fed by an appropriate mix of fuels, in cogeneration configuration
    – A reversible heat pump, capable of producing heat and / or cold depending on the season.

This project makes the island of Capri an exemplary case for the development and application of Smart Cities at a European level.

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