Angelini Pharma


The transition from fossil fuels to renewable and carbon-free energy sources is an essential part of the European climate regulations and a necessary step towards climate neutrality set as a EU goal for 2050.

Looking to the future, several opportunities closely linked to energy transition lie ahead for a number of industrial sectors. Renewable sources, together with energy efficiency actions, constitute the main pillar of a viable solution for the current climate concerns.

The background

Let’s review a case that closely concerns us and allows us to showcase the extent of our available solutions in this area.

We are referring to Angelini Industries, a group founded back in 1919 in Ancona, Italy, by Francesco Angelini, and active today in the healthcare, industrial technology and consumer goods fields.

The inquiry

Could Angelini Pharma’s Marche-based site become net zero by 2035?

A simple answer would be unthinkable – especially when a feasibility study is required to analyse a complex industrial site like the Ancona facility.

The plant extends over a total surface area of 177,000 m2. More than 15,000 m2 are used for production needs, 660 m2 for the production of experimental pharmaceutical products, 3,500 m2 as laboratories, 5,000 m2 to store raw materials and packaging material, 24,750 m2 as storage for distribution purposes and 22,000 m2 as office and system space.

The analysis

Cefla’s approach is structured so as to always start from an in-depth analysis of the current state of the facility. A census of the plant’s energy data is carried out as a first step. We are familiar with the parameters that identify an energy study and we have in-depth knowledge of industrial processes. We have 90 years of experience in the design, construction and management of technological systems in civil, industrial and energy sectors. To answer our customer’s inquiry, we will start from a theoretical analysis, but after evaluating the background using our engineering and at the same time practical approach, we will also ascertain the actual project implementation feasibility.

This is a phase that always actively involves our customer – with whom we exchange suggestions and information, through inspections and comparisons, in an effort to establish critically and realistically the energy, plant engineering and financial impact of the solutions studied.

Our customer’s goal was to reduce the plant’s methane consumption to zero.

Whether your goal is this or rather that of achieving a level of energy efficiency such as to cut management or production costs, the strategy that you will follow with Cefla is designed to achieve both goals, i.e. improved efficiency and decarbonisation.

The outcome

In this case, our answer was: yes, it is possible. Net zero by 2035 is a feasible goal for the Ancona plant. 3 steps are needed, each with clearly defined objectives and tangible results.

The difference between our “yes” answer and the outcome of a generic numerical analysis lies in the confidence that we can inspire in our customer, as the skills of our team range from energy to plant engineering expertise.

In short, ours is not just a theoretical analysis, but an analysis of implementation and economic feasibility. The added value is in our hands, not just in our ideas.

Currently the analysis phase is coming to an end at the Ancona plant, and based on the feedback provided, our customer has appointed us to analyse its other plant in Aprilia, Lazio, Italy. We are confident that we can help Angelini Pharma ensure that the goal it has set itself is reached by 2035.


Finally, each step will be reviewed with a view to quantifying the possible financial savings and return on investment. This allows the customer to carefully evaluate the required commitment in financial and timing terms. The added value of Cefla’s involvement is even more obvious in the implementation phase. Our experience allows us to bring to the project a highly realistic, infield perspective. We know what is needed and what is feasible, whenever an existing system or process needs to be redesigned. The choices made by companies 30 years ago are unlikely to be always suitable for today’s world – even less so in a future perspective.

For this reason, we will support our customers in the process of achieving their objectives through careful choices and decisions to be made together.

Once the data processing and modelling phase of the current system has been completed and energy issues have been studied in detail, we move on to the factual phase.

The current state of the Angelini Pharma plant is highly complex and allows us to make the most of the huge variety of our technological offer. Based on all the collected data, we can select the optimal mix of alternative technologies.

An important part of the activities carried out concerns the identification of any plant changes to be engineered in order to optimise the use of thermal carriers and/or the implementation of the required technologies.

The analysis

For many years, our company has been involved in the engineering and construction of technological and energy systems as well as in Global Service, including the management of production plants, by adopting a maintenance engineering approach. This adds an extra level of experience and know-how which are fundamentally important right from the analysis phase.

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