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Managing environmental aspects when constructing new plants

Engineering activities may have a significant impact on the environment. The design of plants (for example waste to energy plants, cogeneration plants and district heating/cooling systems) conditions the emissions of solids, liquids and gases throughout the lives of the various constructions and the effects connected with dismantling at the end of those lives. The engineering service is certified in the parent company and in Ecodeco in accordance with standard ISO 14001. As a result, therefore, the following aspects are examined during the planning phase of a project:

  • environmental and territorial location - analysis of the geographical and environmental context;

  • identification of direct and indirect and internal and external activities carried out during the process;

  • identification and assessment of the direct and indirect environmental aspects and relative environmental impact.

The measures to minimise that impact are already identified at the design stage, and where possible Best Available Technologies are deployed.

Control of impacts in Ecodeco’s plant design

The subsidiary Ecodeco also designs waste management plants for external customers, using the same principles for the minimisation of environmental impact by implementing a series of measures:

  • all the activities relating to the biodessication plants which may cause emissions and smells are carried out in closed low-pressure structures and connected with biofilters which reduce the polluting/unpleasant components; where it is not possible to create a closed low-pressure environment, all possible functional devices are used to avoid unwanted emissions and/or those not complying with the law;

  • waste management and process controls are automatic and exclude the direct intervention of operators, and hence contact with waste, in conditions of normal use;

  • all the floors of the treatment plants are waterproofed; waste liquids coming from the processing of waste and biofilters are captured and sent via the internal network to collection baths and waterproof storage locations;

  • the noise caused by the plants is kept to a minimum by the use of soundproof structures.