Friday, December 3

“The circular economy is not only an environmental objective, it also contributes to business”

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Florencia Arbeleche, journalist from Ámbito Financiero, moderated the second panel made up of Mayra Mariani, Director of institutional relations at AYSA; Matthieu Naef, CEO of Grupo Colomé, and Diego Prado, Director of Corporate Affairs of Toyota Argentina.

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In this context, the automotive company promotes the circular economy and waste management. Prado recounted some details of what is being carried out at the Zárate plant. “One of the challenges is to promote recycling and introduce the circular economy. The plant generates a lot of waste, which needs to be treated, and a group of young people from the waste sector seeks to reinsert productive waste into production elsewhere. For example, the bumpers that are used for testing are used to produce the Hilux antennas. The antennas of the trucks are produced with recycled plastic from the bumpers that were tested ”, he pointed out.

“We find it interesting because it allows not only the use and reduction of greenhouse gases, but it also serves to build awareness within factories. Because today whoever is treating a waste, sees how it can be taken advantage of “, Prado remarked, who added:” But it is not only from an environmental point of view, but to understand that it is business. The circular economy is not only an environmental objective, but it is a different way of doing business. We were able to lower the production cost of the Hilux by u $ s5, for export. The circular economy is not only an environmental objective, it also contributes to business ”.


“A fundamental value for the company is sustainability, which is in its DNA, but it must be addressed more seriously, to implement deeper measures,” said Naef.

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“We seek to be carbon neutral in our plants and a large part of the emissions has to do with energy supply. Although it is not a highly demanding industry, it does consume a lot of electricity and since last year we have produced 100% renewable energy at the Zárate plant, thanks to an agreement we made with YPF Luz ”, concluded the Toyota representative.

For her part, Mariani made reference to the ‘Eco AySA’ project carried out by the firm: “We, as a service company, realized that when we arrived at the company, it was necessary to know well who is on the other side of the door. Who uses the service. And in this way we seek to bring the company a more social look, to get closer to the user. And address the environmental issue that crosses us in an important way. And the Eco AySA program emerged: it serves to get to know the people to whom we provide the service and the environmental leg of reducing the paper bill: we print around 50 million invoices a year ”.

“Before starting the program, we had 250 adhesions and today we are at a thousand. A month and a half ago we started with the program and our goal is to have 100,000 users by the end of next year ”, Mariani remarked.

The AySA representative also stressed the importance of taking care of the resource: “Every drop counts, because it is a resource that runs out. In this, the youth is more aware and is the one that is pushing this to begin to change. And I think that the pandemic, with the bad it brought, also exposed the importance of this resource. And also the scarcity. We as a water company have to raise that flag, to make people aware that the water is running out. That the environment calls us to make a change ”.

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“We have the aspiration to be a carbon neutral company as quickly as possible. The company is a pioneer in its work to reduce emissions, since the 1990s. Hybrid cars allow emissions to be reduced by 40% compared to a normal one, “said Prado.

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Having water and sewers helps health, dignifies. When we arrived in 2019 we found ourselves with a complicated company, with debts and works stopped. The decision of the president Malena Galmarini was to start the company, because we provide a service that is key for the people. In the pandemic we redoubled the work effort, we realized that we had to speed up the times. And today AySA has 1,080 works between execution and tender. We are working on agreements ”, he remarked.

Finally, Mariani said: “We work in financing for people who do not have the possibility of connecting to the sewers. Because, no matter how much they reach certain neighborhoods, connecting is expensive. The objective we have is the universality of the service ”.

For its part, Naef said that the Colomé Group operates in “six farms, 200 people collaborate and we make 2 million bottles of wine a year.” “The group’s vision is to be pioneers in high-altitude viticulture, to produce wines of excellence. Position them in South America and worldwide. And be recognized for their sustainability and environmental practices, “he said.

“A fundamental value for the company is sustainability, which is in its DNA, but it must be approached more seriously, to implement deeper measures. A peculiarity of Colomé is that it has been managed for twenty years in a self-sustaining way. And we have an entire community in Colomé that depends on the economic activity of the company. All the professionals who work there, learned to work with that philosophy of the company. We work with the community hand in hand so that everything develops in a sustainable way ”, added Naef.

On the projects related to the sustainability of the company, Naef said: “We decided, with the whole team, to put together a more orderly and structured sustainability plan. And more than a year ago we launched a sustainable certification initiative, with Bodegas Argentinas, and it covers 14 areas in the company: soil work, water use, the social area and finance. All areas of the company. In about six months, we will present the certification project and meet 80% of the criteria. It was already in the DNA, but today we take it more seriously to be better. We work with a spirit in the improvement of wine”.

“Argentina has just over a thousand wineries. And only 60 or 65 have sustainable certification. But it is one thing to have it and another to make it work. There are wineries that are doing an excellent job and are recognized worldwide. I believe that Argentina has great opportunities, what is lacking is the interest in taking care of resources, in continuous improvement. That is something that has to be from within the companies. When we work with that awareness and we manage to transmit it, things are easier, ”said Naef, who concluded: “From industry to industry we can learn from practices and experiences. It is up to each one to take a step forward to generate a change ”.

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