Italian paper-manufacturing group Sofidel ranks top in tissue category of WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index for Clean Production, recognized for investments in technology to reduce GHG emissions, waste, water consumption

PORCARI, Italy , February 27, 2012 (press release) – Sofidel ranks top in the tissue category of WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index for Clean Production, i.e., reducing the environmental impact of production processes.

The classification table is published by WWF International and is based on an assessment of the ecological performance of participating companies.

This is recognition of Sofidel’s work and investment in improving its environmental performance. It also acknowledges the Group’s commitment to transparent and responsible reporting.

“'WWF applauds the transparency of participating producers. By allowing evaluation of their environmental performance these companies are showing that they take environmental and social responsibility seriously,” said Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Manager of WWF International´s global pulp and paper work.

“This is an acknowledgement that encourages us to go even further, said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Group. Our investment in technology for reducing greenhouse gasses; the work done to reduce consumption and increase water recycling in our production processes and our commitment to waste reduction and recycling are all an integral part of our commitment to sustainability”.

The survey included 19 major paper producers divided into three categories: machine-made paper, packaging and tissue. The factors taken into consideration in the Clean Production category included energy consumption and related CO2 emissions, water usage, waste management and the use of bleach and other chemical substances. These are all areas in which Sofidel companies have a proven track record.

Sofidel ranked third in the overall Environmental Paper Company Index classification table and came second in the same category for “Public Reporting and Environmental Management Systems”.

World leader in paper-manufacturing for hygienic and domestic use, Sofidel is known particularly for its Regina brand. A member of the international Climate Savers programme, which is aimed at voluntarily reducing greenhouse gasses between 2008 and 2011, Sofidel has invested over 18 million Euros in increasing the use of energy from renewable sources, improving the efficiency of its plants and machinery and it has also invested in cogeneration plants.

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