Erion presents its first Sustainability Report, the one relating to 2020, a year characterized by great challenges that we had to adapt to very quickly as organization and as people.
In 2019 when we laid the foundations for a new shared path between Ecodom and Remedia and natural strategic evolution of the two Consortia for the environment, circular economy, research and technological innovation, we could not have imagined that we were going to make this choice in such a difficult year, marked by a pandemic with health, economic, social and employment consequences on a global scale.
The world had slowed down to the point of coming to a standstill for many months, and even today it is struggling to regain its balance. Despite the adverse economic situation, we decided not to give up the Erion project and to give life to what wants to be the reference Extended Producer Organization in Italy. The strength, tradition and experience of Remedia and Ecodom have allowed us to believe in it, whereas the commitment of our people has enabled us to succeed. We strive to be resilient and the course of history immediately gave us the opportunity to prove that, challenging the big unknown of the industrial and commercial shutdown, the fall in sales of EEE in physical stores in the first months of the lockdown and the relative increase in those made online (including many free riders) and a work model that reduced our service to the bare essentials to meet health standards. Added to this there is the age-old lack of national policies that can foster the definitive development of a truly circular economy in the country and concrete investments for the creation of new, more innovative and, above all necessary, facility plants for recycling the fractions obtained from the treatment of WEEE.
In such a difficult context, Erion has become a reality able to ensure Producers and consumers a service performed with the same care and environmental excellence of its two founding Consortia by managing a significant amount of waste: 302,266 tons, of which 262,351 tons of Household WEEE (71.7% of the entire Italian system). These figures (+5% on the total waste managed and +9.3% on Household WEEE respectively) are significantly higher than those achieved in 2019 by Ecodom and Remedia and which highlight the important synergies resulting from the merger and that required constant attention to maintaining high levels of performance.
We made a success by joining together in Erion and in the values that identify it (quality, transparency, efficiency, innovation and social commitment), made up of a dynamic and young team of 44 people, with an average age of 39 years and a considerable female majority (77%). We did this by committing ourselves, from the very first day of activity, to maintaining our primary objective: ensure that our associated Producers are fully compliant with the relevant regulations, offering them services in accordance with the highest environmental standards. We established a climate of fair play with competitors and applied fair compensation policies in contracts with our suppliers, among the parties most affected in recent years by the crisis in the raw materials market. At the heart of our work and world there is the protection of the environment, and these are the numbers we care most about: our management of Household WEEE has made it possible to avoid emissions of over 1.8 million tons of CO2 equivalent, save 421 million kWh of energy and recycle over 236,000 tons of Secondary Raw Materials.
Four sectoral Collective Schemes have been created which represent the concretization of an idea of which we are particularly proud. The Consortium Erion WEEE, which, by inheriting the values and quality of Ecodom and Remedia Consortia, was created to strengthen the WEEE chain still far from EU targets. Erion Professional, a start-up created with the idea of revolutionizing – also through the Exceed program – the Professional WEEE management approach by increasingly enhancing the commitment of Producers towards society. Erion Energy dedicated to the management of Waste Batteries and Accumulators (WBA) with the aim of improving the effectiveness and capillarity of the collection system, reducing safety issues for certain types of batteries (especially lithium ones). Erion Packaging, the newly established Collective Scheme created with the aim of providing to Producers of EEE, Batteries and Accumulators a comprehensive solution for the management of packaging waste associated to their products.
It is on these bases that Erion is preparing to face the great challenge of the ecological transition in Italy: our goal is to continue contributing to this change, never failing to implement our commitment to transparency towards all our stakeholders.
A year ago we stated that “We are very lucky to do a job that, if done right, can do good to the world”, and we repeat it today by bringing to your attention the data of our first Sustainability Report, proof that not only the work has been done right but that, together, we have done some good to the world.
And we are confident that the best is yet to come.