What we're doing
CARING FOR THE EARTH, SHARING A SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Right from the very beginning, at Sammontana we have worked in a way that respects and protects the environment. Now, we are taking that a step further with an approach towards sustainable management that starts with an analysis so we can understand just how our products perform in terms of environmental credentials.
That’s why in 2016 we launched the Sammontana Carbon Footprint project together with the Italian Ministry for the Environment with the goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and lowering the carbon footprint of our products.
We are proud to be able to say that Sammontana was the first company in Italy to commit to sustainable development when it comes to gelato.
It’s a commitment that springs not only from a deep love of our land, but also from the desire to produce gelato products that help preserve our natural resources and improve biodiversity. After all, “There is no such thing as quality if it ignores sustainability”.
Constant monitoring ensures we have a complete picture of companywide consumption so that we can always evaluate our activities and come up with ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption.
Our primary goal is to significantly lower energy consumption in our manufacturing process by means of the following carbon management criteria:
• Rationalisation of natural resource usage, ie earth, water, air and energy
• Supporting the production of clean energy from renewable sources such as wind
• Connecting with consumers through transparent communication of achieved benchmarks and results
• Promoting and sharing good practices that engage attention and foster care for the environment that surrounds us
OUR 17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
As part of our commitment to sustainability, Sammontana Italy has taken concrete steps that are in complete alignment with a number of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that form the United Nation’s blueprint to achieve a more sustainable future.
This is the result of a journey we began some years ago, aimed at continuously improving the skills, know-how and actions we need to acquire and implement to ensure our company’s activities make a positive impact on environmental sustainability.
WIND FARM IN RAJASTHAN
After calculating the emissions resulting from the production of our Barattolino brand and products from the Fruttiamo, Amando and Prima Ricetta lines, we made a concrete commitment to offset any unavoidable emissions by collaborating with Italian company EcoWay. We neutralised those emissions by purchasing and investing in verified Carbon Credits that go towards developing and running a wind farm in Rajasthan.
The farm boasts 32 wind turbines each with a capacity of 1.5 or 2.1 MW, for a total power output of 59.4 MW. All the energy generated is directed to the national grid, where it substitutes the same quantity of energy produced by fossil fuels (predominantly coal), resulting in a CO2e saving equivalent to 1,027,700 tonnes over 10 years.
REFORESTATION IN URUGUAY
Sammontana has also invested in the Guanaré Forest Plantations project, again in partnership with Italian company EcoWay. The land is question consists of 12,291 hectares of land in Uruguay that had been cleared and broken down for beef grazing. The forests that will be planted will mainly feature eucalyptus trees which are able to remove the CO2 from the atmosphere and transform it into various carbon pools. The reduction or removal of greenhouse gas emissions is estimated at 7,644,973 tonnes of CO2 over 60 years, meaning that the forests will eliminate an average of 12,416 tonnes of CO2 every year.
REFORESTATION IN THE DOLOMITES
In collaboration with Legambiente, Italy’s most prominent environmental association, Sammontana has pledged to donate profits from sales of our GreenGO ice lollies to the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Natural Park in Trentino in Northern Italy.
The area was badly hit by Cyclone Vaia in October 2018, leaving its woods in need of clearing and reforestation. Sammontana will finance the Trentino Tree Agreement project which will see around 3 hectares of woodland reforested.
Not only will the project repair the damage caused by the cyclone, it will also increase the absorption of CO2 present in the atmosphere. This is the only way we can help safeguard the mountains and glaciers from rising temperatures.