SIPA & ZIHET commitment for sustainability

SIPA’s parent company Zoppas Industries Group has just published its latest Sustainability Report, covering 2020. Zoppas is not a public company, but it still wants all its stakeholders to be aware of its commitment to sustainability in all its forms. The report covers activities at SIPA and its sister company ZIHET, a leader in heating element technologies.

The report analyzes how seriously Zoppas Industries Group is working on sustainability, which represents a common value for both divisions. The two companies also aim to a shift in the mindset, which leads to circular economy and improved service. They are both implementing a sustainable production and carrying out a responsible governance and customers can also see it from the products.

SIPA specialists are experts in sustainability, designing with the view of reducing resin consumption, power use and CO2 emissions. Moreover, in their sector they are among the pioneers of the “circular” approach, with many developments geared to improved efficiency of the machines it makes, in terms of the energy, water and air that they consume, lightweighting in PET containers, as well as recycling of post-consumer material.

An important step was the introduction of XTREME Renew, the world’s first system for producing preforms and bottles for food use, containing 100% recycled PET from washed bottle flakes in one facility. It uses almost 30% less energy and leads of a reduction in CO2 emissions of close to 80% compared with the production of containers using virgin material (18% less than the tradition system of producing recycled PET containers using granules).

Within its own operations, SIPA has been keeping an equally close eye on sustainability, even during the difficult times of COVID-19. Indeed, the lockdown was used by SIPA as an opportunity to check more in detail for hidden waste and to think about possible alterations and/or new procedures in its two main plants.

Consumption of electricity and gas and at SIPA both fell slightly in 2020, as did emissions of CO2. There was an increase in the use of water though, due to the fact that a higher number of injection machines and single-stage machines were manufactured and tested, requiring a higher consumption of water in the cooling circuits.

For the period 2020-2024, SIPA has set itself the target of a reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 5% for every plant through efficiency improvements in systems; a further 30% reduction should come by purchasing certified green energy. There will also be increased controls on the system of distribution of compressed air in an effort to optimise leaks along the distribution chain (an initiative that began last year), as well as application of specific controls on the efficiency of furnaces. Last year, SIPA created the new role of Energy Manager, even though this is not required by law for a company with SIPA’s characteristics.