OVS has used The Natural Step's Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment to scientifically analyse its overall impact in order to make effective changes in all areas, not just those related to product development.
"We have created an innovative programme guided by sustainability principles, which touches all bases: from corporate culture to design and product, from materials to the supply chain, and from logistics to sales outlets," states Stefano Beraldo, CEO of OVS SpA.
The life cycle of a piece of packaging is continued after its initial use, thereby creating additional value and reducing waste.
The secondary packaging used by our logistics team is reused several times in the distribution process and has been designed to reduce paper waste during production.
During 2018, our RIUTILIZZAMI Programme allowed us to reuse:
- 2,478,145 boxes from suppliers, equal to 70% of those received
- Approx. 50,000 boxes from stores, equal to 2% of the total number of packages distributed
This permitted OVS to limit the number of new boxes purchased to 3,034,840 units, saving approximately 1,707 tonnes of paper. We have also launched a wooden pallet reconditioning process at our Pontenure warehouse. Our employees repair damaged pallets, which ultimately prevents them from being thrown away.
We also make sure to properly dispose of clothes hangers. In fact, we have stopped sending them to our customers, so that they can be reused in store. Broken or unusable clothes hangers are sent to be recycled thanks to our partnership with a supplier that uses them to create new hangers. In 2018, we recycled about 180 tonnes of plastic hangers.
We are committed to only using renewable energy and eliminating waste throughout all company departments.
100% OF THE ELECTRIC ENERGY WE USE AT OUR HEADQUARTERS AND IN OUR ITALIAN STORES IS CERTIFIED AS RENEWABLE.
In fact, we tend to consume most energy in store, which is why we have focused on making improvements in this particular area.
WE HAVE DEVELOPED AND APPLIED AN AGREEMENT REGARDING STORE CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT IN ORDER TO REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
WE CONTROL CONSUMPTION VIA A CENTRALISED SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS US TO REDUCE MANAGERIAL INEFFICIENCIES AND WASTE
We installed a centralised system that controls energy consumption and costs, so that we can monitor usage in each of our stores on a daily basis. In fact, we have developed a web-based platform that can track hourly energy consumption, comparing stats with the previous year and thus detecting if there are any unusual spikes in energy consumption.
The ease and speed with which we are able to analyse data means that we can quickly report any issues to the store in question, allowing the manager or maintenance technician to intervene where necessary.
WE HAVE INSTALLED LED LIGHTING SYSTEMS IN ALL OF OUR NEW STORES, RESULTING IN A 30% REDUCTION IN ENERGY CONSUMPTION THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE CURRENT SALES NETWORK
Installing LED lighting results in more efficient energy conversion into light compared to traditional lighting systems. LED lighting also prevents heat from being released into the surrounding area, thus reducing the need for additional air conditioning costs. Replacing light bulbs with LEDs in our new stores has resulted in an overall saving of 9,600 tons of CO2, that’s equivalent to the emissions generated by travelling the world about 1,200 times by car.
WE ACTIVELY INVOLVE STORE MANAGERS WITH INCENTIVES THAT RAISE AWARENESS ON ENERGY SAVING
A key factor in our energy saving programme’s success was empowering and actively involving in-store teams by: sharing best practices, providing store managers with specific training, creating incentives and commitment recognition initiatives and sending a quarterly email on energy consumption trends at each store, as well as a list of changes that have been made.
We have launched an initiative to raise staff awareness on environmental issues at our head office, as well as an operational changes plan that lists actions that have already produced results, such as the following:
EMPLOYEE CAR POOLING, TO INCREASE LIFT SHARING WHEN TRAVELLING TO AND FROM WORK
By adopting the JoJob car-pooling platform, we have saved 307,000km, thus reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 23,000kg, which is the same as planting a woodland of almost 500 trees.
WE HAVE DISTRIBUTED CARBON-NEUTRAL STEEL WATER BOTTLES TO ALL EMPLOYEES AND HAVE ALSO INSTALLED MICROFILTERED WATER DISTRIBUTORS TO HELP REDUCE THE CONSUMPTION OF PLASTIC BOTTLES
The steel bottles in question come from 24Bottles, an Italian design brand founded in 2013 with the aim of reducing the impact of single-use plastic bottles on the planet and our lives. The ecological impact of producing water bottles, packaging and transport is compensated, then offset through reforestation projects in Italy and abroad.
DEDICATED AREAS HAS BEEN EQUIPPED FOR SEPARATING AND RECYCLING WASTE PRODUCED IN THE HEADQUARTER
Shops are our window onto a better world, built on respect for the environment and care for the people around us.
With this inaugural sustainability report, OVS begins an important journey of sharing.