16 July 2019

Lucart presents the 2018 Sustainability Report focusing on circular economy, new investments, dialogue with stakeholders and partnerships for sustainable development

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  • The company saw sales growth of 12% despite higher cellulose prices in 2018.

  • The most important investments include the acquisition of three plants in Spain and the construction of a new plant in Hungary

  • 53% of the materials used in the production of Lucart papers come from recycled papers


The Lucart 14th Sustainability Report, written according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Standard) international guidelines, highlights the growth in turnover (+12%) and major investments, such as the acquisition of three plants in Spain, the construction of a new plant in Hungary, the start-up of a new tissue paper machine (PM12) and the construction of a new fully automated logistics hub to improve customer service, to name but the most important.

The Report, as always, dedicates ample space to the analysis of environmental data, which this year has been enriched by some in-depth analysis of recycled papers.

Following an EPD[1] (Environmental Product Declaration) analysis on two toilet paper brands made by Lucart , the same Italian multinational company estimated the environmental advantages for every tonne of toilet paper made using recycled materials compared to that produced from virgin cellulose, which include:

  • reduction by 80% of the consumption of renewable resources, with savings of 4,060.9 kg of wood;

  • reduction by 38% of the consumption of water resources, i.e .50.63 m3 of water;

  • saving of 20% of emitted fossil CO2, one of the gases that are most to blame for climate change.


It is obvious that since they cannot be further recycled, it is important that products, such as toilet paper, to be made using recycled materials. For this to happen, however, it is necessary to implement a regulatory framework that favours the production and sale of recycled products, for example through the approval of End of Waste decrees and the adoption of tax incentives for recycled products.

According to Assocarta, in Italy every year about 1.5 million tonnes of tissue paper are produced for toilet and sanitary use and only 7% is made with recycled materials. Lucart is bucking the trend of the sector because the company uses more than 53% of recycled paper, and also generates value at a local level, because as much as 95% of the recycled paper used comes from Europe, in particular from Italy, France and Spain, the countries where Lucart plants are present, capable of producing recycled tissue paper.

"Lucart is a benchmark for the circular economy in Europe. It is the only company in the sector able to recycle beverage cartons, such as Tetra Pak®, and is investing heavily to close the process waste cycle", said Massimo Pasquini, CEO of Lucart. "In Italy, however, the law is still too unclear. The Government should allow Italian companies to continue to operate and invest in a situation of legal certainty and work together with other EU countries to ensure that it is harmonised on European level. We are the second manufacturing country in Europe and one of the most virtuous countries in terms of recycling, so if we want to continue to grow and invest in new technologies, processes and products, the country must promote the circular economy and not hinder it. In this situation of uncertainty it is obvious that the increase in the production of recycled paper and the consequent investments planned for 2019 - 2021 will be made in Spain and France where the rules are stable, certain, clear and in line with what is required by the European Union".

In 2018, Lucart also joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 network, the world's largest network dedicated to companies that seek to develop new opportunities in the circular economy, in order to accelerate their transition towards it.

The 2018 report also includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly, valid for the period 2016 - 2030. The goals represent the most concrete path for the construction of a more inclusive, fairer world that respects the environment.

 

 

 

 
CSR, Corporate, Partnership, Environment, Safety