EPTA platinum sponsor of ATMOsphere America

16/10/2020

Epta, with its brand Kysor Warren, is Platinum Sponsor of the ninth edition of ATMOsphere America, the online conference dedicated to natural refrigeration, which will take place from 20 to 22 October. The event unites the voices of experts, policy makers and end users of the HVAC&R sector, to take stock of the latest innovations, update each other on the market trends and view the presentation of cutting-edge projects.

On the first day, Michael May of Livingstone Consulting will illustrate the advantages of using transcritical CO2 and the need to accelerate the adoption of sustainable technologies. For more insight on the topic, Daniele Mazzola, Invention Team Leader of FTE and Technical Marketing Manager of Epta will give a speech on the progressive use of CO2 transcritical systems in the United States and the evolution of the FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency developed by the Group, part of the Life-C4R project co-financed by the European Union. The FTE 2.0 solution, which combines simplicity, energy saving and reliability in any climate condition, is currently in the early stage of its implementation in the US market.

The third day, which provides a focus on Central and South America, also features the contribution of Germán Smitt, Director de Refrigeracion y Servicios of Epta Argentina. During his speech, he will illustrate the positive results of a CO2 transcritical installation realised by Epta and commissioned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). In particular, this case study compares the data gathered at a supermarket located in a warm geographical area, during a year of operation of the new CO2 transcritical system, with the parameters of the previous year, when the store used Freon as a coolant.

 

 

 

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Epta participates in Chillventa eSpecial

07/10/2020

From 13 to 15 October Epta participates in Chillventa eSpecial, the digital edition of the most important biennial fair dedicated to the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pump sectors. The three-day event will be the opportunity for experts from the global HVAC&R sector to share the latest innovations that will mark the future, with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and natural refrigerants.

 

The Epta team will welcome visitors around a virtual stand where it will illustrate the most recent technologies developed by the Group and be available to guests for technical insights on their solutions and on the evolution of the regulatory framework. For example, presentations are scheduled on the vast range of Misa cold rooms, of the patented system FTE 2.0 Full Transcritical Efficiency system, now pre-installed inside the ECO2SMALL+ CO2 transcritical medium and low power pack and of the ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency System. Furthermore, David Wirth, Product Manager of Epta, will host a round table meeting on 14 October with a talk focused on the Life-C4R - Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration project by Epta, co-financed by the European Union.

 

The FTE 2.0 and ETE systems are the backbone of the Life-C4R previewed at the last edition of Chillventa. This three-year plan, which will conclude in 2021, was born with the purpose of raising awareness within the scientific community, component supply chain and  players within the Retail world to the use of increasingly efficient solutions, to show how it is possible to completely replace old HCFC and HFC refrigerants with modern transcritical CO2, anywhere in the world. Thanks to the Life-C4R Plan, a process of verification and validation of the performance of the FTE and of the ETE in various climatic conditions is underway that will enable them to be certified as comprehensive and reliable solutions for the future of commercial CO2 refrigeration worldwide.

 

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EPTA IBERIA GOLDEN SPONSOR, WITH THE LIFE-C4R, OF #TECNOFRÍO20

30/09/2020

Epta Iberia with the Life-C4R project is golden sponsor of the fifth edition of #Tecnofrío20, the Congress dedicated to refrigeration technologies, promoted by the Community of Madrid, with ATECYR (Asociación Técnica Española de Climatización y Refrigeración) and the Energy Foundation. An important on-line appointment scheduled from 30 September to 01 October that will see a public of experts take turns in conferences and round tables in a “virtual auditorium”, which can be easily accessed from the dedicated portal.

Each debate will be focused on the refrigeration sector, both commercial and industrial: to share the best practices and the novelties on cutting-edge technologies, in order to promote a cultural and structural change of the entire sector, towards the use of increasingly efficient and sustainable solutions. Among the main themes on the programme, the following stand out: evolution and trends of refrigerants, energy efficiency of refrigeration systems and Industry 4.0 in refrigeration.                                  

A virtual place for meeting and information, which will represent a showcase of excellence for Epta Iberia to present the important goals achieved with the Life-C4R-Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration: a three-year plan, which will end in 2021, conceived to raise awareness among all the players of the sector to use increasingly efficient solutions and show how it is possible to completely replace the HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2, anywhere in the world.

As demonstration of this, updated data will be illustrated from one of the pilot projects of Life-C4R, realised by Epta Iberia for the Consum store of Bencasim. The selected store, located in the area of Valencia with a Mediterranean climate, is a clear demonstration of the excellent performance and reduced environmental impact of the FTE

2.0 Full Transcritical Efficiency and of the ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency. These two innovative patented systems developed by Epta, heart of the Life-C4R project, have been identified by the European Union as deserving special attention, thanks to their efficiency combined with their simplicity.

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EPTA RECONFIRMED AS BEST MANAGED COMPANY

15/09/2020

For the second year running, Epta is ranked among the winners of the Best Managed Companies, the prestigious award promoted by Deloitte that enhances the excellence of Italian businesses. An innovative format that is an opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves by the results obtained as well as their resilience in dealing with the difficult situation caused by this unprecedented period of uncertainty.

The breadth of the Best Managed Companies award is that it does not just limit itself to recognising the goals achieved. It also activates a growth programme, guiding companies along a path of continuous improvement, testifying to the commitment and the ability of companies through the analysis of six critical success factors, namely strategy, skills and innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, commitment and corporate culture, governance, performance measurement and internationalisation.

Epta has distinguished itself in several ways, including investments in the growth of talents and focus on innovation. The jury particularly appreciated the second edition of EPTAcademy, the training programme developed in association with SDA Bocconi School of Management dedicated to refining middle management skills. Worthy of note is also our innovative FTE technology at the heart of the Life-C4R project, co-funded by the European Union, created to raise awareness within the scientific community and component supply chain as well as all players within the Retail world to choose increasingly sustainable solutions, accelerating the spread of highly efficient CO2 refrigeration units.

Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of the Epta Group said, “I am very proud to have received this award for the second year running. It confirms our work and bodes well for the future, as evidence of the solid foundations that we have laid and of the continuous improvement, which we are always striving to achieve. I would like to thank all those who, with their commitment, have enabled us to obtain this important award.”

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EPTA PRESENTS THE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT 2020

11/09/2020

Epta presents the Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2020, a document that illustrates the Group’s orientation in creating shared value. The company undertakes this commitment every day towards people, local communities and the environment.

To guarantee maximum transparency and objectivity, the Report has been validated by the TÜV Austria Cert GmbH Institute according to GRI Core Option standards. Moreover, in line with the path undertaken in previous editions, the Group has reviewed the material aspects of the Report thanks to a survey involving a sample of both internal and external stakeholders. The risks, opportunities and aspects most important to the business have been identified and the most relevant KIPs investigated. This is a more structured and accurate process that gives the new edition of Epta’s CSR a greater solidity.

Seven years ago, we undertook a path on the way to sustainability, consecrating the CSR report as central element of the Group’s philosophy. With the 2020 edition we want to strengthen our commitment to continuous improvement, following sustainable values which can be of inspiration to us”. Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of the Epta Group comments and adds, “In the last three years we have achieved and even exceeded the challenging goals we had set ourselves by offering, for example, products which ensure 50% more energy saving compared to previous versions.” He concludes, “Aiming to further reduce the impact on the planet’s resources will be one of our priority goals, also in the near future, in line with the principles of the Circular Economy. We will undertake to adapt our products and processes to this model, founded on the “reduce, reuse and recycle” paradigm, in line with the Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), to guarantee greater sustainability of the entire business system.”

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EPTA PRESENTS THE ITALIAN 2019 REPORT ON WEEE MANAGEMENT

08/09/2020

Epta presents the data of the Italian 2019 report on WEEE management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), prepared by the Remedia Consortium to which the Group adheres in order to comply with the regulatory obligations of Legislative Decree 49/2014, in the application of the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).   

 

This provision, in the implementation of Directive 2012/19/EU, specifies the measures to protect the environment and health, to prevent and reduce the negative impacts caused by both the production of technological equipment and the management of waste produced by it. Techniques are then defined on the reuse and recycling of WEEE, to offer an intelligent alternative so as not to saturate the receptive capacity of landfills and to promote, at the same time, the recovery of solutions arrived to the end of their life and their reintegration into the production process.

 

The Report highlights three key indicators: first and foremost, the nominal quantity of WEEE, collected and treated for Epta, equal to 621,406 Kg. The Carbon Footprint avoided of 10,087t CO2eq, achieved thanks to the recovery of matter and energy over the entire life cycle. An efficiency that will guarantee a benefit equal to the downtime of 3,100 cars which travel 20,000 km a year. Finally, the Material Footprint of 1,118t of resources saved, again thanks to the recovery of raw materials and energy. A value that expresses the balance between mineral and fossil resources extracted and those saved/not extracted, is equivalent to the weight of 222 locomotives fully loaded.

 

These results are clear evidence of Epta’s commitment to an increasingly sustainable and responsible approach to the environment. A daily commitment, which is reflected along the entire supply chain with the ambitious objective of promoting a circular economy, in perfect synergy with the aims of the current regulations.

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LEAVING A TANGIBLE SIGN: EPTA DONATES A COLD ROOM TO COSTAN’S BIRTHPLACE

05/08/2020

Some places leave an indelible mark on the personal growth and the path taken. Places made of things, people and experiences that have represented a starting point and made possible a journey towards the achievement of a bigger project.

There comes a time, in the continuity of history, where one feels the need to give back. Epta, always attentive to the enhancement of the territory, in order to reconfirm its recognition and closeness to the areas where it works and to the local community, has donated a cold room to Luigi Costan and to Costa San Nicolò Comelico. This small town is the birthplace of Mario and Alberto Costan, the two founders of the historic brand, currently the leading brand of the Epta Group.

Costan, the original nucleus of Epta, was founded in 1946 when the brothers Mario and Alberto Costan from Val Comelico set up the first artisan workshop in Turin to produce iceboxes and refrigerated cabinets. From the early years of the business, the two founders already knew how to seize the opportunities offered by the nascent Large-Scale Food Distribution sector, determining the success of the brand. The results were so positive that they needed to expand their production facility continuously, eventually transferring from Turin to Limana to an area of 23,000 m². Since then, the brand has continued to grow, becoming an international reference point in the commercial refrigeration sector.

The cold room, which will be used for the activity of tourist development, is a small tribute, but it represents a significant sign of the deep bond between the company, the Costan family and the Dolomites and a symbol of a part of the local history: so that it remains in the memory of the population and of future generations, who will have the important task of preserving and evolving the cultural heritage of the area.

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EPTA IS PREMIUM EXHIBITOR OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE WORLD VIRTUAL TRADE SHOW ON NATURAL REFRIGERANTS

31/07/2020

Epta once again proves its commitment to sustainable development by becoming Premium Exhibitor of the Virtual Trade Show: the first totally virtual fair dedicated to natural refrigerants, promoted by the ATMOsphere; a division of Shecco, live online from 1 to 2 September 2020.

A truly unique event which will be live for 24 hours, will travel “around the world” commencing in Europe and following all time zones will continue to the Middle East and Africa, followed by North, Central and South America, finally drawing to a close on 2 September in Asia Pacific. A “virtual tour” without precedents for the cold industry, which has the ambitious goal of uniting a public of experts of global excellence, to share the most interesting aspects of cutting-edge technologies for natural refrigeration.

Epta has always been ready to respond, with its vast range of products and services, the continued drive to make stores of any size and in any climate condition ever more energy efficient. 100% of the remote cabinets from the Group’s brands are already powered by CO2 R744; a natural refrigerant with an admirable GWP of 1. Finally, Epta has long since continued its renewal of its ranges of plug-ins and cabinets with incorporated units from all its brands with versions powered by propane R290, or other gases with lower GWP.

The event will also be an opportunity to illustrate the Life-C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration project by Epta and co-funded by the European Union and the goals already reached.

It is a three-year plan, which will end in 2021, originally created with the aim of raising the awareness of all players in the sector to the use of increasingly efficient solutions and demonstrating how it is possible to completely replace HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2,anywhere in the world. At the heart of Life-C4R, there is the patented FTE 2.0 Full transcritical Efficiency system and the subcooler ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency technology, identified by the European Union as deserving of special attention thanks to its combined efficiency and simplicity.

To participate in the inaugural Virtual Trade Show simply access the dedicated portal https://atmo-marketplace.com: an easy-to-navigate and visually appealing website, which will allow “visitors” to cross the exhibition rooms and participate in webinars and networks, recreating the feeling of a physical event. During the live event, the exhibitors will be able to interact with the participants through real-time chat and audio and video functions.

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EPTA PLATINUM SPONSOR OF ICCC OF NANTES 2020 WITH LIFE-C4R

29/07/2020

Epta, with its project Life-C4R Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration, is Platinum Sponsor of the sixth edition of the IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain 2020.

It is a biennial event, supported by the International Institute of Refrigeration and recognised globally as one of the most advanced events in the cold chain. Since its initial launch, the event has had the ambitious goal of bringing together the international public of experts, researchers and industrialists with all the latest news and key technological trends in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump segments. A moment of information, sharing, and exchange, to promote an increasingly sustainable culture in the HVAC&R sector and aim at the growth of the entire sector.

Among the topics at the centre of the debate of this sixth edition of ICCC 2020 in Nantes from 26 to 28 August will be, for example, food quality and safety in the cold chain, energy efficiency, new eco-design of equipment, refrigerants of the future and technological innovations.

We are firmly convinced that “knowing” is now more than ever the key to making “sustainable” choices in any field. This is why we are so proud to sponsor this sixth edition of the ICCC 2020, whose aims are perfectly in line with the philosophy behind the EPTA Life-C4R project, co-funded by the EU, designed to accelerate the implementation of the highly efficient transcritical CO2 natural refrigeration systems”, comments Francesco Mastrapasqua, Project Leader Life-C4R of Epta. He continues, “This is a three-year plan, which will end in 2021, created precisely to raise awareness among the scientific community, component suppliers and all players in the retail world to the use of increasingly efficient solutions and show how HCFC and HFC refrigerants can be completely replaced by transcritical CO2, anywhere in the world.” He concludes, “Our participation as a sponsor demonstrates further evidence of the responsible approach of the Company, also in view of the great impact of the HVAC&R sector on global energy consumption.

More information on the event programme is available at the following link: https://iccc2020.sciencesconf.org/data/pages/ICCC2020_Previsional_program_at_a_glance_200305.pdf

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EPTA COMPLIES WITH THE CARBON TRUST STANDARD

22/07/2020

The management offices of Milan and the production sites of Limana, Casale Monferrato, Solesino and Pomezia of Epta obtain compliance with the Carbon Trust Standard (CTS) for the first time. This is an important international certification that attests, on the one hand, the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, expressed in tonnes of equivalent CO2 and, on the other hand, the definition of a strategic plan for continuous improvement of its performance for the future.

This objective of this Standard, obtained the world over by more than 1,100 companies, is to help guide industries, over time, to a responsible and optimal management of its greenhouse gas emissions, minimising its impact on the environment. A process of change made possible by a quantitative assessment process that, year after year, provides each operator with a precise performance framework, compared with that of the best performer in the same sector.

The Carbon Trust Standard (CTS) is based on three specific aspects: the complete collection of the data on energy consumption, the reduction of its Carbon Footprint in a given reference period and good management of its emissions, based on greenhouse gas monitoring. During the assessment period, Epta marked the achievement of a considerable milestone in 2019 with an absolute reduction of tCO2e emissions of 2.1% and a relative decrease in tco2e /worked hours of 6.3%, for an overall qualitative assessment score of 75%, which attests the Company’s contribution to combat climate change.

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