The ceramic industry has high levels of energy consumption. To minimise environmental impact, reduce the use of fossil fuels and combat the energy crisis, Italian ceramic producers have long been investing in renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels which allow for the self-production of clean energy.
A commitment to sustainability
Since 2010, the Italian ceramic sanitaryware companies located in the Civita Castellana industrial cluster have been installing photovoltaic systems close to their production facilities. Each photovoltaic system is capable of producing between 1,000,000 and 2,500,000 kWh of electricity per year and on average meets 40% of the factory’s energy requirements.
New clean energy
These efforts testify to the producer companies’ longstanding attention to the environment and their commitment to place sustainability at the centre of the industrial processes carried out throughout the Civita Castellana area. The energy produced by photovoltaic systems originates from renewable sources without generating any polluting emissions.
By adopting this new technology, companies avoid emitting more than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. This figure is bound to increase in the future as the Italian ceramic industry makes new investments driven by its ability to combine tradition and innovation.
Sources: data compiled on the basis of information obtained from ceramic sanitaryware manufacturers’ websites.