ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Quality: wisdom, commitment, awareness

The Cooperative has always stood out for deep knowledge of the territory and great attention to the environment: sustainability is the guiding principle of all corporate choices.

For this reason, the Cooperative will continue to work with a view to:

  • Using active ingredients fertilisers and water resources with a careful eye on the environment
  • Improving the natural fertility of the soil through effective crop rotation systems
  • Support the natural weight gain of the animals without altering the composition of feeds

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Quality: wisdom, commitment, awareness

The Cooperative has always stood out for deep knowledge of the territory and great attention to the environment: sustainability is the guiding principle of all corporate choices.

For this reason, the Cooperative will continue to work with a view to:

  • Using active ingredients fertilisers and water resources with a careful eye on the environment
  • Improving the natural fertility of the soil through effective crop rotation systems
  • Support the natural weight gain of the animals without altering the composition of feeds

BIOGAS COGENERATION PLANT

Our biogas cogeneration plant was built in 2011 and has been fully operational since 2012. The cogeneration plant, which is fueled with corn silage and animal waste, allows to otbain methane gas to convert into electricity (1MW/h). The electricity produced is then fed into the national power grid.

The cogeneration plant is the result of a strategic and pragmatic choice that should support the transition to a green economy and help us:
– avoid wastage and the unnecessary use of energy: once the methane emission capacity runs out, the fermented material is recovered in the form of fertiliser.
– reuse the materials obtained/discarded from the production cycle.

– obtain a steady integration of income.
– ensure a good degree of energy balance, especially considering that the cultivation of corn is rather energy-intensive.
– ensure that livestock breeding contributes, even indirectly, to soil fertility: the fertiliser obtained is so good (powdery, odourless, well-absorbed, avoids percolation) that C.I.L.A. supplies it to a nearby company that produces watermelons with Protected Geographic Indication (PGI).

HEDGES, GROVES AND WETLANDS

The restoration of biodiversity and natural elements

In 1998, C.I.L.A. adhered to the Agri-environment Measure for the Restoration of Hedges, Groves and Wetlands – the EU-funded project that aims to restore the ecosystems of the Po Valley by opposing dangerous dynamics such as intensive exploitation and reclamation.

  • The process of environmental recovery and restoration of natural elements must involve at least 5% of the total surface area of the Cooperative (corresponding to 55 hectares).
  • Ceasing horticultural and rice-growing activities to favour the restoration of natural elements represents a unique opportunity not only to diversify farming activities but also to protect a heritage of great value in terms of local biodiversity.

HEDGES, GROVES AND WETLANDS

The restoration of biodiversity and natural elements

In 1998, C.I.L.A. adhered to the Agri-environment Measure for the Restoration of Hedges, Groves and Wetlands – the EU-funded project that aims to restore the ecosystems of the Po Valley by opposing dangerous dynamics such as intensive exploitation and reclamation.

  • The process of environmental recovery and restoration of natural elements must involve at least 5% of the total surface area of the Cooperative (corresponding to 55 hectares).
  • Ceasing horticultural and rice-growing activities to favour the restoration of natural elements represents a unique opportunity not only to diversify farming activities but also to protect a heritage of great value in terms of local biodiversity.