The management of ozone-harmful substances

In 2012, at the Group’s headquarters in Milan, gases potentially hazardous to the ozone layer used in refrigeration plants were gradually eliminated. In collaboration with specialized engineers, ongoing plant maintenance/monitoring actions are being carried out. Gas recovery from the plants is performed in accordance with international standards and under safe conditions for human health and the environment. In all the stores located in Italy, all plants containing gases potentially hazardous to the ozone layer are registered and managed according to specific maintenance standards by companies responsible for maintenance in the stores. Any maintenance activity is registered in specific logbooks, with an indication of the plant specifications and activities performed. Based on the results of the relevant feasibility studies, the replacement of the gases hazardous to the ozone layer and contained in the refrigeration plants (refrigerators and air ventilation) is periodically assessed in correspondence with store restyling.