Environmental protection at Aurubis Italia, Avellino site

Aurubis Italia, the only copper rod producer in southern Italy, is located in Avellino. In 2018, a total of around 100 employees produced about 170,000 t of rod and about 3,000 t of wire for special applications.

Aurubis Italia, the only copper rod producer in southern Italy, is located in Avellino. In 2018, a total of around 100 employees produced about 170,000 t of rod and about 2,700 t of wire for special applications.

Aurubis Italia has been under an IPPC permit since 2009 (IPPC refers to the EU Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control). The high efficiency of Aurubis Italia’s production lines enables nearly 100 % of the raw materials used to be processed into products. Modern cleaning and filter facilities keep off-gas and wastewater to a minimum. Wastewater is continuously monitored before entering the sewer system thanks to an automatic water sampling system. A service started for cleaning roads and yards at the Avellino site with a street sweeper, which has reduced the metal load in the water discharge. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the rolling mill were significantly reduced by lowering the amount of isopropyl alcohol. The VOCs are collected and treated with a scrubber system. The fugitive emissions in the smelting area were considerably lowered due to a vacuum system and hoods on the launders and holding furnace. Dust emissions and POPs from the shaft furnace have been drastically reduced. Many small energy-saving initiatives have been implemented during the last few years thanks to continuous improvements in the production process. Aurubis Italia successfully achieved the EMAS registration in July 2019.

The main focuses of Aurubis Italia Srl are to:

  • Continuously improve environmental performance, in particular energy and material consumption
  • Demonstrate compliance with environmental regulations with maximum transparency
  • Publicly provide its environmental strategy, environmental program, environmental management system, and key environmental performance data
  • Openly engage with interested parties (employees, local authorities, suppliers, etc.)


Environmental Protection Avellino - facts & figures


In 2011, Aurubis Italia installed a pilot plant first and then installed an inert dosing system to reduce dust and POPs.



Aurubis Italia has increased the efficiency of its wastewater treatment plant.


Environmental measures that have been implemented

Description of measure:

  • Replaced the air heat exchanger with a higher-performance one

Date of completion:

  • August 2018


Description of measure:

  • Replaced the old rainwater lifting pump station with a more efficient one

Date of completion:

  • February 2018


Description of measure:

  • Installed a specific treatment for casting machine cooling water to reduce surfactants

Date of completion:

  • September 2019


Description of measure:

  • Improved wastewater treatment system

Date of completion:

  • May 2017


Description of measure:

  • EMAS registration successfully achieved: IT-001951 on July 29, 2019

Date of completion:

  • July 2019


Description of measure:

  • Reduction of the amount of waste classified as hazardous


Current important environmental targets and measures

Description of measure:

  • Reducing isopropanol consumption, TVOCs ducted, and fugitive emissions by revamping emulsion filtration system


  • September 2020


  • Second step completed, third step ongoing




  • September 2021


  • Replaced with higher-performance models:

  1. air heat exchanger (completed)
  2. heat recovery system for off-gas from shaft furnace (ongoing)
  3. Baghouse filter (ongoing)




  • September 2022


  • Ongoing
  • feasibility study


Description of measure:

  • IPPC permit renewal according to the new NFM-BREF (Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for the Non-Ferrous Metals Industries)


  • December 2019


  • Application submission ongoing




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