ILSA plans on transforming 120,000 tons of tanning’s byproducts into bio-stimulants for sustainable agricultural practices. The president of the Vicenza-based company, Paolo Girelli (in picture) announced the plan during the board meeting to approve the preliminary financial statements. An ambitious goal that is to be setup in addition to the CO2 compensation project that the company already has in place, and thanks to which fruit plants are being planted in Guatemala and Peru.
120,000 tons of tanning’s byproducts
“Thanks to the advancements made by the GAP project (Global Aminoacids Production) – explained Mr. Girelli -, in just three years we will be able to recover more than 120,000 tons of tanning’s byproducts from the main tanneries’ clusters around the world. With these we will create 90,000 tons of bio-stimulants and other specific products for the agricultural segment”.
Project was announced by Girelling during the board meeting to approve the preliminary financial statements 2020. BCI group, of which ILSA is a part, along with Biolchim and Cifo, closed the year with a revenue of 125 million euro.
Global Amino-acids Production
As of today, ILSA turns about 85,000 tons of leather byproducts into solid protein hydrolysates and liquids inside its production sites in Italy and abroad. Such amounts of the material “would otherwise have a damaging impact on the planet”.
Thanks to green technologies now available, the company creates value from these residues containing a lot of amino-acids and transforms them into special products with high-performances and low environmental impacts, that are used by the agriculture segment.
GAP project also worked on a next-generation bio-stimulant able to reactivate microorganisms in the rhizosphere, or the layer of soil that feeds plant roots.
Activities in South America
Company also launched ILSAZERO in 2019, which is program that aims at making the entire business carbon neutral.
Additionally, ILSA has added additional initiatives for farmers in Guatemala and Peru, by supporting the planting of 4,000 fruit trees and/or species of trees and plants that risk extinction in Peru’s Amazonian area.
The goal is to expand the activities of small farmers by donating common and uncommon fruit trees that can improve their economic sustainability while favoring the development of more stable social structure and increased biodiversity.