Environmental focus. TOD'S dedicates major attention to environmental issues. In fact, despite operating in a context in which its operations have a limited environmental impact, TOD’S, in continuing the work already done in previous years, also created and implemented programmes to reduce its energy consumption in 2016 too, by using new resources to “compress” its environmental impact. One of the priorities was still to reduce the consumption of energy at its production and commercial facilities. Specifically, work continued on the plan of energy efficiency improvement actions that had been started by the Parent Company TOD’S S.p.A. during the previous year within the scope of the energy audit, which, in addition to the energy efficiency actions required by Legislative Decree 102/2014, was extended, to all the Group-owned production and logistic sites, thus allowing an assessment of the efficiency of its entire energy management system, through the precise and documented recording of its consumption of electricity and fuel consumption. In 2016 a project was approved, within the scope of the plan of energy performance improvement actions, which will involve the production plant located in Comunanza, in the Marche region, during the next months; in continuity with the actions that were taken as early as in 2014, the project provides for the replacement of the roofs, thus improving insulation, with benefits in terms of the reduction of consumption and consequent emissions, at the Montecosaro and Tolentino production plants as well, again in the Marche Region.
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. These design changes, which were fully implemented as early as in the construction of the new building erected between 2014 and 2015, again at the complex where the headquarters are located, will be also applied in the construction of the new Arquata del Tronto plant in the Marche Region. The building will have a structure and a plant in line with 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 plant, recovery of rainwater, and lighting with new LED technologies). The “motor equipment” will be equipped with inverter technology (previously experimented on production lines), which will make it possible to modulate the function of these devices according to real needs, thus permitting further reductions in energy consumption.
Again to improve energy efficiency, in 2016 project was started, which will be completed during the next year and which will gradually led to the replacement of all the furnaces used in the assembly lines dedicated to the manufacturing of shoes, thus allowing a further reduction in energy consumption at the Group’s plants.
Finally, within energy efficiency improvement actions, it should be noted that, in setting up 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.