Through its Herambiente subsidiary, the Hera Group operates over 90 treatment plants for recovery and disposal of municipal waste, and of hazardous and non-hazardous special waste among which the main types are: 10 waste-to-energy plants, 11 composting plants/digesters, 15 selection plants, 16 chemical/physical and stabilization plants. Marche Multiservizi manages two landfills and one biostabilization plant. Herambiente also holds a 50% stake in Enomondo, which operates a biomass plant.
The initiatives launched by Herambiente in terms of material and energy recovery continued in 2018, characterized by a strong acceleration in the process of transformation of its industrial activities in view of a “circular economy”. In fact, 2018 was marked by three important and fundamental events that testify to Herambiente’s ability to transform the principles underlying the concept of circular economy into facts:
- complete integration of the plastic recovery chain, from collection, selection and subsequent recovery, through the synergies achieved following the acquisition, in 2017, of control (through an 80% stake) of the Aliplast Group, a leader in the production of rigid and flexible films;
- construction and start-up of a plant to produce biomethane from the organic fraction of separate collected municipal waste;
- award of the contract, worth Euro 28.5 million, for the reclamation of the port of Chioggia. Herambiente won the tender for the renovation of strategic areas related to this important maritime port, qualified as a “Site of National Interest” (SNI).
In parallel with the three important initiatives described above, the constant development of Herambiente’s plant pool continued, following these main guidelines:
- identification and implementation of solutions to efficiently produce and use electrical energy and thermal energy in the sites where waste-to-energy plants and landfills with energy recovery are located;
- implementation, in the liquid industrial waste segment, of technologies aimed at recovering, rather than disposing of, organic water, solvents, sludge, etc.;
- modernization and upgrade of organic media composting and aerobic stabilization plants to align all Herambiente Group plants to the best available technical standards and BATs (Best Available Technologies);
- integration of the system linked to M&A operations, increasingly oriented towards market segments related to industrial waste management and recovery and “full service” services at production plants of medium to large sized companies operating in oil & gas, food & beverage, large-scale retail, etc.;
- activities related to building new landfill volumes for non-recoverable fractions.