Verallia Reduces CO2 Emissions by starting a new furnace

Verallia celebrates the new year by inaugurating its eleventh production furnace and demonstrates its intention to continue investing in Italy, strengthening the Villa Poma site.

Back in 1964, the Mantua plant, not yet owned by Verallia, started its production of container glass for the beer market. This was followed in 1991 by the construction of a second furnace, which underwent a major refurbishment two years ago. Today, on the foundations of the first plant – shut down in 2013 due to age limits – a brand new furnace has been built, featuring cutting-edge production and environmental technologies.

“A 60-million-euro investment,” emphasizes Marco Ravasi, CEO of Verallia Italia, “which exceeds 90 if we also consider the modernization of the other historic furnace at Villa Poma, which took place in 2019. In the last five years, we have invested over 250 million euros in Italy, confirming that this is a central market in the Group’s global strategy. We believe that, at a complex time like this, it is necessary for a Group like Verallia to participate in the industrial revival of the country by actively supporting the rebound of food and beverage made in Italy, committing itself so that development can be long-lasting and sustainable. We owe it to our 1,300 employees and to the local communities where our six Italian plants are located.”

Figures show the importance of the work done for this new furnace: 320,000 hours of work with 249 supplier companies involved and around 1,500 people actively involved in the site construction. In addition to this, we reduce our environmental footprint: thanks to the new technologies, it will be possible to reduce CO2 emissions by 10% and electricity consumption by 15%. A further investment in the Mantua area will consist in the planting of some wooded areas, equal to about 20,000 square meters, which will allow an important absorption of CO2.

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Written by Kevin Gambrill