Sustainable since 1920
Vetreria Etrusca is constantly committed to increasing the use of scrap glass in its production. This makes it possible to contain the consumption of raw materials, significantly reducing the energy used in the melting process and CO2 emissions.
To produce 1 kg of molten glass, 1.1 kg of raw materials are normally needed.
Today Vetreria Etrusca is able to produce 1 kg of glass using only 0.275 kg of raw materials.
Even more eco-friendly
With its factory and products, Vetreria Etrusca lives the environment as an essential good to be protected and preserved. Its processing plant is equipped with the most advanced technologies in full respect of the environment and the surrounding territory.
In 2015/2016, Vetreria Etrusca made an important technological investment for the construction of a second furnace, 10% of which was invested exclusively for the environment.
All new plants have been designed with a view to energy efficiency and lower environmental impact.
All plant emitters are controlled and periodically monitored.
The main emitter from the melting furnace is fitted with a lime injection electrostatic abatement system.
The dust arising after abatement is reused internally as raw material for the production of other glass.
In accordance with European Community Directive 2009/29/ETS, Vetreria Etrusca is gradually reducing tonnes of CO2 emissions.
With its new plants, Vetreria Etrusca has decreased emission of NOx by 30% (from 1000 to 700 mg/Nm3).
The new furnace known as Centauro was built in 2016 in Altare. It complements the existing furnace and has been designed with a new technology that can reduce emissions of combustion-derived.
The new Centauro system, which consists of two metal exchangers and a convective heat exchanger, has two features:
- it allows a greater preheating of combustion air entering the furnace which reduces the consumption of (GAS) methane,
- it prevents the hot fumes from leaving the kiln and therefore it allows the optimisation of the emission treatment system in order to keep the emissions within the limits provided by the emission legislation.
We are very careful about what we do, which is why we breathe better and work safely.
In 2020, three prestigious TÜV certifications were again confirmed. These attest to the great attention paid to quality in the company's production processes, respect for environmental sustainability, and safety in the workplace.
To obtain these recognitions, for a number of years now Vetreria Etrusca has been adopting a Qash Integrated Management System, fielding sizeable resources and energy in the knowledge that Quality, Environment and Safety are fundamental strategic choices for an increasingly transparent and responsible future .
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The cullet produced internally in processing operations and from external waste collection is fully recycled in the batch formulation, up to the point that recycled scrap constitutes 75% of each bottle produced.
All plants have a closed loop design so that discharges serve these systems by absorbing flushings and surpluses.
In parallel, supplies serve to replenish these losses and evaporations but also those for civilian and testing uses.
The refurbished Altare plant is perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment, and everything is kept under control by continuous monitoring plans.
Vetreria Etrusca is a member of Consorzio Recupero Vetro (CO.RE.VE.) which was established on 23 October 2007 by the main glass-making groups.
This consortium, which operates in the CO.NA.I. system (National Packaging Consortium) system, is a not-for-profit consortium with the goals of recycling and recovery of glass packaging waste generated in Italy.
The construction of an Ecological Oasis enables the implementation of internal differentiated waste collection.
Waste management is organised in such a way as to obtain greater reuse of materials, greater waste recycling and fewer landfill deposits, thanks to improved differentiation and the use of less polluting and less dangerous substances.
The production process for mechanical hollow glass is very energy-consuming primarily due to the high temperatures required for the melting process and for the considerable amount of compressed air linked to the container forming process.
The supply of natural gas is provided through a gas pipeline, while electricity is supplied by means of a 15,000 volt line.
The significant investments in new technologies have put the emphasis on machines and plants with less energy consumption than previous systems.
The use of cullet makes it possible to lower the melting temperature, which means less energy, fewer emissions and less raw materials.