TOD'S dedicates major attention to environmental issues, although its own activities have a limited direct environmental impact. One of the Group's stated priorities is to reduce the consumption of energy at its production and commercial facilities. In 2015 the Parent Company TOD’S S.p.A. carried out an energy audit, in addition to the energy efficiency actions required by Legislative Decree 102/2014, which was extended to all the Group-owned production and logistic sites, in order to assess the efficiency of its entire energy management systems in a precise and documented manner. This assessment allowed the performance of precise analyses of its consumption of electricity and fuels and the definition of a plan of efficiency improvement actions to be taken in the near future in line with the measures already adopted.
In fact, continuing the work already done in previous years, TOD'S created and implemented programmes to reduce its energy consumption in 2015 too, by using new resources to “compress” its environmental impact.
In the area of energy savings, and thus simultaneous reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, TOD'S has implemented design changes at its own headquarters buildings in Italy to realise passive energy savings. These programmes have been implemented by using renewable energy sources to satisfy part of the Group's energy needs. This has involved using geothermal plants to improve the efficiency of air conditioning systems and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. As early as in 2014 measures to raise energy performance were also adopted in the Montecosaro and Tolentino factories in the Marche Region: the roofs were changed and this improved insulation, with benefits in terms of the reduction of consumption and consequent emissions.
These planning criteria were fully implemented in the construction of the new building erected at the Italian headquarters. This new building has a covered space measuring about 10,500 square metres on several levels. Its structure and plant reflect all the new design philosophies that guide the realisation of buildings offering passive energy savings, and thus consuming a low level of energy – in terms of both thermal and electric energy (“envelope” insulation, photovoltaic and geothermal plants for heating and cooling the building, recovery of rainwater, and lighting with new LED technologies). The “motor equipment” are equipped with inverter technology (previously experimented on production lines). This makes it possible to modulate the function of these devices according to real needs, and thus permitting further reductions in energy consumption.
To improve the energy efficiency of retail store spaces, the concept stores are designed by specifying the use of LED technology to light interior spaces and displays in the sales areas. For more responsible use of resources, wood is obtained by recycling furniture and decoration scrap material.