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Environment Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Energy certification for Radici Yarn

The RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions Business Area, Radici Yarn, has obtained ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification, which attests to the organization’s commitment to contain and progressively reduce energy consumption. The company is engaged in the production and sale of polyamide 6 polymer, PA 6 and PA 66 continuous filament and staple yarn, and other synthetic fibres, including products made of recycled or bio-based materials.

 

All the processes - polymerization and spinning (Villa d'Ogna plant, Bergamo province, Italy), as well as warping and draw-warping (Ardesio plant, Bergamo province) - are run under constant monitoring with the goal of achieving maximum energy efficiency and lower consumption. Both sites are powered by two hydroelectric power plants owned by Geogreen, a RadiciGroup partner and energy supplier. The share of energy consumption from renewable sources and reduced environmental impact (natural gas) sources is constantly increasing. The energy issue has always been a priority for Radici Yarn, whose products serve numerous sectors, including automotive, clothing and furnishings.

 

“Already at the beginning of the 1990s, Radici Yarn started investing in cogeneration, the simultaneous production of electricity and steam,” pointed out Laura Ravasio, energy manager of Radici Yarn. “We have recently started up an advanced trigeneration plant – a highly efficient system that produces not only electricity and steam, but also chilled water for our production processes. One of the first results recorded in 2021 was a 30% reduction in water consumption. Thus, ISO 50001 certification seemed like the next logical step to take in formalizing a long-term approach to energy.”

 

The ISO 50001 certification, which is voluntary and valid for a period of three years, was added to the ISO 14001 Environmental and ISO 9001 Quality Management system certifications previously achieved by Radici Yarn.