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In 2015, Novamont achieved important results, not only in terms of research and development and the market, but also from the point of view of creating bioeconomy infrastructures around the country. These are key elements in a new industrial approach that is anchored to local areas but with effects that extend globally.

Using our proprietary technologies and internal engineering resources, together with the creation of strategic alliances, we are reconverting several industrial sites into unique plants making Italy, and Europe, leaders in the market of bioplastics whilst laying the foundations for important developments in the biochemical sector.

Thanks to the work of so many years, today, Novamont and the Group are acknowledged, nationally and internationally, as pioneers and champions of a bioeconomy model, intended as territorial regeneration. Our integrated biorefineries, which contain a high level of innovation, while respecting quality and local traditions, are proving to be able to provide solutions to local environmental problems, and to activate multiple supply chains starting from the agricultural sector.

By following this approach, in 2015, we made important progress in line with our policy of differentiation, based on growing integration of the production chain, and aimed at increasing the content of renewable material in bioplastics and at improving our environmental profile, while seeking to make the products “demonstrators” of new models of use and of consumption.

The role of agriculture has been, and still is, decisive in the success of this model. In particular, the creation of strategic partnerships, such as that with Coldiretti which was confirmed by the general agreement stipulated at the beginning of the year. Starting with integration with low environmental impact farming activities and reduced water consumption, we are developing supply chains that will create new production and revenue opportunities. This is particularly true for the areas of the country where there is marginal land or areas where production is being reorganized, thereby avoiding any change in the competition with food production. These are multi-product supply chains that will feed the biorefineries whilst at the same time supply edible protein substances for livestock, lignocellulose biomass for a widespread system of energy production and self-consumption by farmers, high value, active molecules for cosmetics and nutraceutics, and simple and compound sugars for the chemical supply chain and for food.

When it comes to the sectors further along the supply chain, 2015 confirmed our ability to form alliances with  transformers, large-scale distribution, and important Italian and international brands. One example is the launch, together with Lavazza, of the first compostable capsule which is the result of years of research and development and of the application of the circular economy’s principle of zero waste, which says nothing is waste and everything goes back to being a resource.

In the last year, we have also continued developing the supply chains of non-bioplastic products. In the medium term these will make new alliances and diversifying considerably into other target sectors possible. These are products which, like bioplastics, “complete the circle”, by providing solutions to environmental and social challenges and transforming local problems into opportunities for change that are not to be missed. For example, of all of those products destined for use in ecologically sensitive areas and areas where there is a high risk of dispersion into the ecosystems, such as biolubricants, bioherbicides and cosmetic products.

All of this confirms that Novamont is a concrete example of the bioeconomy and circular economy, sectors on which Europe and Italy are wagering, to achieve the COP21 objectives and overcome the systemic crisis. Economic, environmental and social results are attracting growing attention from the authorities and the financial and industrial spheres, not only in Italy, but increasingly in Europe and worldwide, creating the foundations for further significant developments.

2015 was also the year in which the foundations were laid with Matrìca (a Joint Venture with Versalis S.p.A., created in the petrochemical plant of Porto Torres to start an integrated biorefinery that is highly innovative at an international level) and the plan to create the world’s first plant for the production of 1.4 bio-butanediol from renewable sources, in Veneto, to market bioplastics that have a high concentration of renewable raw materials, starting in the second half of 2016 and making greater diversification possible. During the year in support of our development projects, we also presented an important programme of investments as part of the Juncker Plan promoted by the European Union, which was selected by the Italian government and by EU authorities.

In line with our mission and calling for innovation and the creation of integrated sustainable models we continue to consider research and development as the driver of their growth , and invest considerable resources in them. The company’s work seeks to develop new intellectual property, which is considered the key element to ensure competitiveness, but also to create a genuine training centre for young graduates, research doctors and technicians, most of whom have subsequently become permanent members of the Group’s personnel.

We will continue on our course by investing in people and in the awareness that regeneration must be cultural before it can be industrial, environmental and social. In this sense by combining tradition and innovation the bioeconomy can be a unique opportunity to reconnect economy with society, to bring increasing value to territorial diversity and to the quality and origin of products.

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company

who we are, where we are going, and in which directions

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How we see things

Encouraging the transition from a product economy to a system economy. A cultural leap towards economic, environmental and social sustainability, which must involve the whole of society, and start by giving value to the territory and by fostering collaboration among the various players.

Our direction

Developing biodegradable materials and products from renewable sources, by integrating chemistry and agriculture, setting up biorefineries that are integrated into the territory, and providing application solutions that guarantee an efficient use of resources throughout the life cycle, with social, economic and environmental advantages for the system.

INTEGRATION AMONG

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BIOCHEMICAL MATERIALS

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ADVANTAGES

our numbers

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271

EMPLOYEES

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49700

TONNES OF MATER-BI PRODUCED

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160

MILLION INVOICED

money
13334

M IN COMPANY CAPITAL

SHAREHOLDERS

On 31 December 2015, Novamont S.p.A. was owned 25% by Versalis and 75% by Mater-Bi S.p.A., whose shareholders are Banca Intesa, associated investors and other partners.

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novamont in Italy and around the world

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NOVAMONT S.P.A. SHAREHOLDINGS

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COMMERCIAL NETWORKS AND AGREEMENTS + FOREIGN COMPANIES

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the product

MATER-BI: WHAT IS IT?

Mater-Bi is an innovative family of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics, that are manufactured using renewable raw materials of vegetable origin and fossil raw materials that are entirely biodegradable, in cases where there is still no equivalent of natural origin.

APPLIED MATER-BI TECHNOLOGIES

Mater-Bi, which is sold in the form of plastic granules, can be processed by normal production plants used for traditional plastics.

film
Shopping bags, bags for separated waste collection, food packaging.

thermoformed articles
Tubs and rigid containers for foods, compostable pots for nursery gardening.

additives
Biofillers.

expanded plastics
Packaging. Loose fillers that have excellent shock-resistant properties.

extruded products
Cotton buds, drinking straws, flexible pipes for agriculture.

injection moulded products
Disposable cutlery, pens, combs, toys.

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CERTIFICATIONS

Product certification is a procedure in which an independent third party formally guarantees that a product conforms to the requisites of a specific norm. The biodegradability and compostability of Mater-Bi are certified by several international bodies, who carry out period checks and surveillance.

PRODUCTION

ISCC PLUS
OHSAS 18001
ISO 14001:2004
ISO 9001:2008
REACH (1907/2006)
LCA
ETV

USE

ELABEL!

RECYCLING
OK COMPOST
OK COMPOST HOME
OK BIODEGRADABLE SOIL
COMPOSTABILE CIC
CERTIFICAZIONE
MARCHIO UNI-IIP
MARCHIO SEEDLING
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materiality and methodology

references, processes and method

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the processes

stakeholder engagement

The process of involving the stakeholders is divided into three points:

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Identifying the categories of stakeholder

The procedure was developed in 2014, using internal processes, involving the various company functions with questionnaires and focus groups. In 2015, the process was updated and a new class of stakeholder was identified: the Commercial and marketing function.

02

Defining the methods of involvement

For every category of stakeholder identified, different methods were chosen, to take account of individual characteristics and to facilitate the expression of each position.

03

Achieving engagement

Every year, an engagement plan is prepared and updated, and its effectiveness is monitored.

category of stakeholder identified

Governments
Suppliers
Direct customers
Indirect customers
Employees
Commercial and marketing function
Communities/Companies
Media and press
Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations
Research and innovation
Local communities
Waste management chain
The agricultural world
National and international organizations
Future generations

2015 method of engagement

Monitoring of the legislative panorama
SR presented at a large, public event
Telephone interviews
SR presented at a large, public event
Questionnaire
Focus Groups
Brochures
Monitoring of press reviews
SR presented at a large, public event
Monitoring in the media

ANALYSIS OF MATERIALITY

01

Parallel identification of priority aspects for stakeholders and for the company

02

Assigning priorities

03

Validation of the aspects identified and identification of materiality

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Reviewing and improvement

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The materiality threshold was set at 3.

Results

All of the material aspects identified were grouped into 6 relevance classes:

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Generation of value

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Management of the work

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Sustainability of the production chain

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Laws and regulations

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Transparency and communication

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Safeguarding and giving value to the territory

Also the structure of this Sustainability Report reflects the analysis of materiality made by Novamont: every chapter deals with the topics that relate to a class of relevance. This structure makes it easier to navigate the information and mirrors Novamont’s effective approach to sustainability and to communicating this value.

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generating value

innovation for genuinely sustainable chemistry

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the story

1990

1990

Novamont S.p.A. was founded

1992

1992

Production of first biodegradable bag in MATER-BI, and the Green Pen in MATER-BI

1998

1998

First packaging in MATER-BI, with Ecolucart in the large-scale distribution

2001

2001

Launch of the green tyre, with Goodyear

2002

2002

Launch of Wave, an expanded plastic sheet in MATER-BI

2003

2003

Development of Origo-Bi technology

2005

2005

Launch of Pneo, an innovative bag in MATER-BI

2007

2007

“European Inventor of the Year” award

2012

2012

Foodservice products in MATER-BI at the London Olympics

 

Piana di Monte Verna acquisition

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2012

Wet waste collection with MATER-BI bags, in Milan

2014

2014

Launch of first prototypes of a new generation of bag at Ecomondo

 

MATER-BI in Unicoop, Florence

2015

2015

Lavazza Compostable Capsule

 

Foodservice products in MATER-BI for Eataly, at the Milan Expo

flexibility of the organization

and corporate network

Our story is of a company that is constantly evolving, that is able to grow without losing flexibility (c’è un errore nel testo italiano, NdT) and a predisposition to change. To integrate industry and agriculture, in an increasingly concrete way, we select biologically-based, raw materials, that is, materials that are produced with alternative approaches to those of the traditional petrochemical industry. When this is not available, we support scientific research and promote the creation of new industrial businesses, to fulfil this need. The most significant examples of these are Matrìca and Mater-Biotech.

Still with the aim of evolving continuously and of responding to the opportunities that the market may offer, over the years we have set up other joint ventures and created other associated companies, in Europe and around the world. This Sustainability Report only covers Novamont S.p.A.

research and development

Novamont is a company that has a triple vocation: it is an industrial company, a research centre, and a training centre. Anyone who knows us, knows that innovation has always been one of our key values. This is why we have developed equipment and facilities, and have:

INVESTED

6,4%

TURNOVER IN RESEARCH

OFFERED

300

TRAINING ACTIVITIES

REGISTERED

1000 +

PATENTS

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a flagship project for Europe

To demonstrate the technical, economic and environmental sustainability of a highly innovative biorefinery: this is the goal of First2Run, a flagship project for the European Commission, coordinated by Novamont, in collaboration with private partners and universities.

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public and private in the same direction

Cluster Spring is an association that, in 2015, created a permanent roundtable that seeks to identify guidelines to share among public and private, concerning technological innovation in the biochemical sector, interregional collaboration and national development policies.

THE LAVAZZA
PROJECT

a 100% compostable capsule

In March 2015, the first Italian, 100% compostable capsule was launched; this project had involved us, together with Lavazza, in research that had lasted 5 years. The Lavazza capsule is made of Mater-Bi, is compatible with the Lavazza Minù machine, and can be collected with the wet waste and sent to an industrial composting plant, where the spent capsule and coffee are recycled together into compost.

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managing the work

Our most precious resource: the people who work with us

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We are continuously looking for highly specific skills, to grow and enhance in our technical and administrative areas. Our workgroup can, therefore, count on the continuous contribution made by new resources.

271

Employees

divided among the sites of Novara, Terni and Piana di Monte Verna.

50

NOVARA

45

TERNI

5

PIANA DI MONTE VERNA

EMPLOYEES IN NOVARA

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EMPLOYEE TOTAL

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WOMEN0

GROUPS BY AGE AND GENDER

53

11

UNDER 30

122

54

BETWEEN 30 AND 50

28

3

OVER 50

AGE

UNDER 300
BETWEEN 30 AND 500
OVER 500

PROTECTED CATEGORIES

15

Men

Employment

RECRUITMENT

31

NEW RECRUITS
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IN PIEDMONT0

AGE OF NEW RECRUITS

16

52%

UNDER 30

15

48%

BETWEEN 30 AND 50

GENDER OF NEW RECRUITS

14

45%

WOMEN

17

55%

MEN

TERMINATIONS

9

TERMINATIONS

of whom 3 as a result of the natural expiry of the contract, 6 as a result of voluntary resignation.

6

67%

WOMEN

3

33%

MEN

TURNOVER

15,30%

OVERALL RATE OF TURNOVER

entries+exits/average personnel, considering recruitments and terminations, in relation to the average number of people making up the personnel in 2015.

2,68%

RATE OF NEGATIVE TURNOVER

exits/average personnel in the 2015 period

training

Training is one of the cornerstones of our work in the company. In addition to more general training programs, there are specific times dedicated to individual functions or areas of interest.

851

HOURS OF TRAINING PROVIDED
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453

AVERAGE 28.4
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398

AVERAGE 32.3
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sustainability of the production chain

from biodegradability to the “second life” of Mater-Bi

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biodegradability

This is the ability of an organic substance, that is, one of vegetable or animal origin, to break down into simpler substances under the action of bacteria and of other microorganisms.

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BIODEGRADATION IN A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

For some time, Novamont has studied the biodegradation of bioplastics under conditions like those of the marine environment, the point of arrival of a huge quantity of non-biodegradable waste. Novamont spread their culture of a correct management of waste, they study new solutions, which today are being developed, to safeguard the marine environment.

compostability

This is the ability of an organic, animal or vegetable material to decompose and turn into a mixture of substances, called compost, which is used in agronomy to fertilize and restructure the soil.

COMPOSTING

This process takes place in an environment with controlled humidity and temperature, in the presence of oxygen. The larger quantities of organic waste are treated in industrial plants, in which the composting processes reach temperatures of 70°C. When composting is done individually, as a small-scale gardening activity, it is called “domestic composting”, in which lower temperatures are reached.

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Organic waste

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Composting

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Use

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COMPOST used in arable farming and nursery gardening increases the nutritional elements and biodiversity of the microflora.

ANAEROBIC DIGESTION

This is another process used to treat organic waste, anaerobic digestion. Here organic substances are broken down by microorganisms in the absence of oxygen and turned into biogas, which can be used to produce energy, and a sludge called digestate which when subjected to composting, produces compost.

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Organic waste

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Anaerobic digestion

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Use

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DIGESTATE SLUDGE which is composted

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BIOGAS for the production of ENERGY

ISCC Plus

During 2015, Novamont obtained ISCC Plus certification, which guarantees the sustainability of the raw material on the basis of the following criteria:

PRODUCTION

of the biomasses on land with low biodiversity

RESPECT

of human rights, of workers and of the right to land

REDUCTION

in greenhouse
gas emissions

USE

of good farming practices, to protect the soil, the water and the air

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6.846 GJ

Thermal energy from energy recovery

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100%

Renewable electrical energy

co2

20.674 t

Saved thanks to the use of renewable sources

We direct our research and development activities towards protecting local areas.

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laws and regulations

le norme che regolano la conformità dell’azienda e dei suoi prodotti

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conformity of the company

Company processes are managed with great attention and responsibility.

SITE IN

novara

the site is certified for the standards ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007.

SITE IN

terni

the site is certified for the standards ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007.

SITE IN

piana di
monte verna

the site is certified for the standards ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007.

CONFORMITY IN THE THREE SITES

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transparency and communication

instruments and methods of communicating our actions for sustainability

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communicating sustainability

The document that you are reading is, for us, an important communication tool. We have published a report regularly since 2008, in accordance with international guidelines.

The instruments

In 2015, we revised our coordinated image, choosing a new logo that identifies us in a strong and unequivocal way.

WEBSITE

The company website, www.novamont.com, is one of the main channels for communication about our company and products.

SOCIAL NETWORKS

On the main social networks, we have set up a constant and direct dialogue with our customers and the authorities.

NEWSLETTER

And with our periodic newsletter, we inform internal stakeholders of the company’s activities and of what is new in the sector.

EDUCATIONAL

In 2015, we then launched the first comic strip in the series “The Adventures of Bia de Compostabilis”. “The mystery of the earth you can obtain from waste” is the first adventure of the character created by the Walt Disney illustrator Paolo Mottura. The comic strip, which was conceived as a teaching and information tool for schools and families, is published in two formats: it can be read in a printed version, or in a digital version.
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events

For us, participating in trade fairs and public events is a way of directly communicating and promoting the company’s activities, and of presenting our products and their characteristics and repeating our strategic vision. The more significant events during the year included Expo 2015, SUQ, Fa’ La Cosa Giusta and Milano Recycle City, for which we supplied 9,200,000 products.

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territory

the economic, social and environmental aspects of interacting with the outside.

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relationship with the territory

Our idea of sustainability forces us to have a view of reciprocal exchange with the environment we work in.
It is this principle that led to the project of the biorefinery integrated into the territory, which gave life to Matrìca, the joint venture, with Versalis, that came out of the reconversion of the petrochemical factory of Porto Torres, near Sassari. This is based on a close collaboration between industry, agriculture, the world of research and local authorities.

SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA OF MATRÌCA

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01 TAKING

into consideration industrial areas that already exist, recovering sites that are otherwise abandoned and no longer competitive.

 

02 APPLYING

proprietary technologies that have a low impact, to create bioproducts.

 

03 IDENTIFYING

marginal land suitable for the sustainable production of biomass from local long-term crops with low input, compatible with other farm productions for food purposes.

 

04 USING

biomass in all of its components to get maximum value from it.

involvement of the community

How we view sustainability involves a large group of players in different contexts. One example of this is the collaboration set up in 2015 with Caritas Diocesana in Novara, which led to “Riparto – Repartire lavorando l’orto” (Starting again, working the vegetable garden), a training programme that uses the growing of vegetable gardens as practice for rebuilding the dignity and identity of people that have met particular social difficulties.