Closing the loop

The “circular economy” is a development paradigm that seeks to disrupt the mechanisms of the conventional, i.e. linear, economy and restore the balance between production systems and the environment. Under this mechanism, virgin raw materials are to be brought back into the biosphere cycle. Meanwhile, man-made materials are designed to maximise their useful lives and, once obsolete, become the basic components of a new product, minimising waste and the generation of garbage.

The definition of the circular economy is based on the implementation of production and consumption strategies that encompass the entire lifecycle of products and seek to create virtuous cycles centred around ideas such as “zero waste”, “value regeneration” and “closed loop”. The concept of the circular economy lies therefore at the centre of topics associated with sustainable development.

  • Greener and greener packaging
    The Imballo (Packaging) project has allowed to study and develop more streamlined and recyclable mono-material packaging for the components shipped to our factories, eliminating the pre-existing plastic wrapping. This commitment concerns the Group, which is exploring how to best extend the shift to mono-material packaging to all other product categories. In addition, studying packaging sizes based on the design of the products allows to optimise their transport, thus reducing pollution.
  • Curbing polluting emissions
    Ariston Thermo’s commitment to reducing polluting emissions has led to the introduction of new models such as the Elco EKL LOW NOx, which is compliant with the ErP directive. The launch of this burner for the Irish and UK domestic market was followed by a series of training sessions both inside the company as well as at local installers and support centres to ensure they are set properly and optimise emissions. The continuous improvement process concerns existing models, as in the case of the Ultra LOW NOx range: in 2019 the Group was able to make their performance more stable and reliable, including in the toughest installation conditions.
  • High-efficiency technologies
    In line with the gradual evolution of regulations governing ecodesign (ErP) and energy labelling (ELD), all Ariston Thermo’s products meet the most stringent energy efficiency standards currently applicable. Since 2015, all equipment sold in Europe with the CE mark must meet a series of environmental requirements to deliver greater energy savings and reduce pollutant emissions.
  • Device recycling
    The Group is implementing several projects aimed at recycling electric and electronic equipment more efficiently, providing the installers and distributors of its electric products with a completely free recycling service. The Group is supported in Italy by the ECODOM consortium, whereas in Spain this service is offered in partnership with ECOLEC — a foundation that provides waste collection services to customers.
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