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Monte Vibiano Vecchio Farm

Practice on:

SME operating in natural areas with an environmental management.

Practical details:
NUTS 1: ITECENTRO (I)
NUTS 2: ITE1 Toscana
Start date: 2003
Type of initiative:  private
Description of the practice:

The good practice demonstrates that it's possible to reach positive (and profitable especially for a business) inputs coming from an high value environmental management.


Business Development.

Monte Vibiano farm was created in 1960 by Mr Andrea Fasola Bologna (the father). At the beginning it was a traditional farm, they cultivated vineyards, olive grove, and cereals. In 1998 Mr Lorenzo Fasola Bologna (the son) decided to start an environmental management of the farm, to give an eco-friendly image  to the farm in order to open new markets. In 2003  there was the eco responsible reconversion of the business and they start to invest in green energies. Actions carried out were the following:

(1) PRODUCING ELECTRIC ENERGY THROUGH PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANTS: Conversion of asbestos-cement roofing into completely integrated photovoltaic plants, with rated power: 150 kW, average yearly production: approx. 170.000 kWh. They manage to meet the entire demand for electric energy of the winery.

(2) GRADUAL CONVERSION OF COMPANY’S AGRICULTURAL MACHINES. The farm passed from agricultural diesel fuel to biodiesel and 3 tractors fuelled by biodiesel of I-generation, i.e. deriving from oleaginous agriculture. At now the goal is to complete the conversion once the application of II-generation Bio-diesel is diffused.

(3) COATING OF COMPANY SURFACES WITH A SPECIAL HIGH-ALBEDO PAINT. Roofs of the four grain silos have been coated with a paint  allowing to increase the Earth’s albedo.

(4) USING OF ORGANIC NITROGENOUS FERTILIZERS IN PLACE OF CHEMICAL ONES: started in the vineyards where it already covers 80% of total requirement.

(5) USE OF CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGIES INCREASING ENERGY SAVING (auto-ventilating roofing, high-efficiency energy saving boilers).

(6) MANAGEMENT OF COMPANY’S FOREST. Techniques maintaining the preservation in time, research and take-over of other, adjacent deserted forest surfaces in order to correctly manage them and bring them to standard.

(7) SELECTION OF STAFF/PERSONNEL. The Company policy has always been to search among inhabitants of the neighbouring zones; such a choice results, among others, in the reduction of pollution from transport; besides, an opportunity is given to reach work by electric bicycles put at the disposal of the staff.

The business looks for continuous improvements through the collaboration with the Biomasses Research Centre of Perugia (an important scientific research center for renewable energies). One of the most recent success of the business is  "Premio Impresa Ambiente 2010" (Enterprise-Environment Award  2010, http://www.premioimpresambiente.it/interno.aspx?anno=2009&idPrimoLivello=09&idSecondoLivello=06) as the Best Management of Natural Environment. The award is promoted by Unioncamere (Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce) and it qualifies companies for participation in the European award: “European Business Award for the Environment” which identifies the best enterprises at UE level (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/awards/index.html).

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

Beyond vineyards, olive grove and cereals  fields, the farm includes also 400 hectares of forest side, which can be considered an important natural heritage well preserved.

Visual impact and recreational value:

Monte Vibiano farm is located in a rural area, surrounded by a ancient castle (second century b.C.) owned by the family and by a 1930's swimming pool located near a Renaissance's - style garden. The farm usually takes part into local endogastronomical events, connected to wine and olive oil sectors, such as "Cantine aperte" (the last Sunday of May, the farm opens their doors to public establishing in this way an immediate and direct contact with all wine tourists and lovers) and every year in October there is “Open House at the Oil Mills” during which people enter mill and taste olive oil just compressed.

Cultural heritage:

Monte Vibiano Vecchio farm practice is not connected to a particular cultural heritage.

Environmental impact:

All the actions carried out by Monte Vibiano farm have got a positive impact on the surrounding environment, especially because business development helped rural development of Monte Vibiano Vecchio little rural village: job creations for local inhabitants, and visitors- tourist incoming.

Economic viability:

The family who owns the farm invested a big private capital for the eco responsible reconversion of the business: in this case the possibility to enhance business is strictly connected to private funding.

Transferability:
Transferibility of this practice is very high, as a matter of fact the farm reached its important objective (zero green house emission) thanks to techonolgical applications known every where and avalailable for every other farm (or business) wishing to have an high value environmental management.

Contact details:
Name: MR Stefano Cantelmo
Organisation: Monte Vibiano Vecchio FARM
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.360green.it; www.montevibiano.it


Completed on: 29.07.2011
Date added: 6.9.2011  Hits: 206
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