Gruppo CAP is Italy’s “green star”, sustainability champion 2021. Second in the “Energy and Water Networks” category, between giants such as Snam and Terna Rete Italia, the Lombard water utility that manages the integrated water service for the Milan metropolitan area has been included among the 200 Italian companies that have distinguished themselves for their strategies and commitment in five specific areas: innovation, technology, ecological sustainability, green economy and social sustainability.
This was established by the largest research ever carried out in Italy on sustainability, conducted by the German Institute for Quality and Finance (ITQF) in collaboration with the Institute for Management and Economic Research (IMWF) in Hamburg, which analysed more than 2,000 Italian companies to draw up the “Green Stars – Sustainability 2021” ranking on Earth Day, the world day of the Earth celebrated on 22 April.
“The “Green Star” certification obtained together with giants of world industry such as Ikea, Gucci, FCA, Pfizer Italia or Amazon, just to name a few, gives us further awareness of how important it is to adopt a sustainability strategy in every area of our business,” comments Alessandro Russo, chairman and CEO of Gruppo CAP. A recognition that takes into account the voice of stakeholders and users, and is therefore even more valuable”.
Using the “social listening” method, the German Institute for Quality and Finance collected over a million mentions on the web of 2,000 companies monitored over the course of 2020, to assess their online reputation in terms of sustainability. We are talking about companies operating in all key sectors: food and beverages; automotive, mechanics and electronics; consumer goods; trade; finance; materials and raw materials; services and transport. Only a tenth of these, 200 in all, were awarded the “Green Star – Sustainability 2021” label after careful analysis across five spheres of competence: innovation, technology, ecological sustainability, green economy and social sustainability.
Second place, between Snam and Terna, in the “Energy and Water Networks” category, Gruppo CAP is the only company awarded in the integrated water service sector. The “Green Star – Sustainability 2021” certification testifies to the CAP Group’s commitment to the energy transition according to the Sustainability Plan adopted in 2019, which outlined a strategy of major long-term investments looking ahead to 2033. Not least of these is the Biopiattaforma, an industrial symbiosis project that will come into operation in Sesto San Giovanni in 2023, a hub capable of combining a waste-to-energy plant and a purification plant in a single facility to convert sewage sludge into clean energy and bio-fertilizers, and to transform the FORSU (organic humid fraction) into biomethane, a green fuel that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 97%. This is the first waste-to-energy plant authorised in Italy for almost 10 years, and involves an investment of 47 million euros.