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Protecting The Environment

The responsible management of environmental issues is a strategic issue for the Group. The technological innovations and constant investments aimed at improving activities and processes have made the entire value chain increasingly more sustainable, in terms of water and energy consumption, CO2 emissions, management and recycling of discards and waste.

From the definition and implementation of policies and initiatives aimed at reducing the main environmental impacts to investments in industrial technologies with a low environmental impact, from the use of clean energy to a responsible and efficient use of resources, to the reduction and recovery of waste materials, everything is about sustainability.

The first major projects, mainly aimed at reducing atmospheric emissions, were launched in the early 2000s while in 201029 Luxottica adopted a Health, Safety, Environmental and Energy policy founded on four primary objectives:

  • protecting the environment, preventing and reducing accidents and injuries;
  • developing a culture centered on health, safety and environmental management;
  • respecting the requirements of applicable laws; continuously improving the management system.

This policy is applicable to all Group employees and workers and accessible to the public at 

Since 2011 a structured system has been in place for monitoring environmental impacts. Based on the monitoring of four environmental macro-issues (energy consumption, water consumption, emissions and waste), it is developed according to a process comprising the following phases:

  • measurement of the environmental impacts generated by the Group’s processes and activities through the installation of meters that make it possible to view energy consumption in real time;
  • analysis of such impacts through the use of specific indicators and the standardization of internal reporting tools;
  • identification of priority action areas and definition of new initiatives, projects and improvement plans;
  • implementation of technical improvement projects (e.g., energy efficiency initiatives) and innovative macro projects (e.g., photovoltaic facility and biomass plants).

In fact, Luxottica’s respect for the environment involves investments in the best low environmental impact technologies and increasingly effective production processes, guaranteeing a more efficient use of energy and natural resources and the responsible use of water resources. The 2015-2016 period in particular stood out for the substantial investments made in improving energy efficiency, treating water and, in Italy, the gradual introduction of energy from renewable sources, also self-produced. In 2016, the Group invested over Euro 2.7 million in projects for energy efficiency, the treatment of atmospheric emissions and the treatment and disposal of waste. Being long-term projects, 2017 saw the consolidation of the previous year’s investments and evidence of the first benefits for the environment and the health and safety of employees. In fact, these investments resulted in virtuous behavior among employees, contributing to the efforts made to optimize energy and water consumption.

 In 2017, the environmental investments made, which came to around Euro 2.3 million, focused on technical improvement projects and the monitoring of consumption at the plants and logistics sites across the world and the activities necessary to obtain ISO 14001 environmental management system certification in Brazil (November 2017) and China (March 2018).

Main environmental investmentsGeographical areaEnvironmental benefits
Energy efficiency    
Gradual replacement of traditional lighting systems with low environmental impact LED bulbs and simultaneous replacement of lighting systems with automatic lighting control technologies China, Italy Reduction of electricity consumption compared with traditional technology
Change to water heating systems in the galvanizing tank lines in order to replace electrical resistance with water heat exchangers Italy Replacement of electricity with thermal energy from biomass plants to heat the tanks on the galvanizing lines
Optimization of the production and use of compressed air Italy, US Reduction in the energy cost of producing compressed air and optimization of the compressed air used at individual workstations
Installation of time delay valves in the washing plant to limit water consumption to the moments in which it is actually used in the process Italy Reduction and optimization of water consumption
Treatment and recovery of discharged industrial water for reuse in workplace air conditioning systems Italy Reduction of water consumption
Facility for the treatment of waste water Italy Reduction in the amount of waste produced and reduction in the number of lorry journeys made externally to dispose of waste 

In 2018, Luxottica will continue to invest in projects aimed at further improving energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy production, in management solutions, plants and techniques for reducing water consumption through its recycling and reuse, and in process activities that generate as little waste as possible. These initiatives will also be instrumental for obtaining the environmental certification for the Foothill Ranch facility and the Atlanta service center.

29. Last updated in June 2017

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A key part of Luxottica’s environmental policy is the environmental management, energy, and health and safety system certifications that Luxottica has strived to adopt in all of its sites and offices across the world since 2011.

In 2011 the Company adopted the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System in all its facilities and offices in Italy. The process of obtaining the certification at the other Group sites continued in 2017 with the one in Campinas (Brazil). In March 2018 the facility in Dongguan (China) also obtained the ISO 14001 certification.

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The total consumption of energy deriving from non-renewable resources can mainly be attributed to the consumption of grid electricity and, to a lesser extent, the consumption of natural gas and diesel used to heat the production and logistics sites within the reporting scope. Meanwhile, the total consumption of renewable energy is connected with hot water from biomass and electricity from photovoltaic energy and refers exclusively to the Italian sites.

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