Zeppini Ecoflex confirms its participation in the biggest events in the second half of 2013: ExpoPostos & Conveniência and PEI NACS Show

Zeppini Ecoflex confirmed its presence at the two of the biggest Service Stations market events: ExpoPostos and PEI. Industry professionals will be able to check closely the full range of products offered by the company at these important events.

The first one where the company will be present is ExpoPostos & Conveniência, the largest brazilian Petrol Stations trade show, which will be held in São Paulo at Expo Center Norte, between August 27th and 29th.

Then, October 12-15, Zeppini Ecoflex will be in Atlanta, Georgia, for the PEI at the Nacs Show, the international event for Service Stations and Convenience Stores market.

Book the dates to visit us and wait for more information over the coming weeks on Zeppini Ecoflex participation at these events.

BN Americas released on April 25th the article “More than 40 million people without water in Brazil” and the interview with Gilson Queiroz, FUNASA president, about the increasing number of people in Brazil who have no access to potable water.

About 30% of the population in rural areas (21 million people) and 90% of the urban population (just over 19 million people) have no access to clean water, totaling more than 40 million without access to potable water. The regions most affected by the shortage in the country are: northeast, due to distance from major water sources, and the Amazon, by poor water quality.

Another point of concern, as reported by Gilson Queiroz, was the availability of public sewage collection and treatment. In urban areas, only 46% of the population has a collection network, and in rural areas, the numbers are even worse, reaching only 38% of the population, according to the ONG Instituto Trata Brasil.

Developer of solutions for conscious consumption of water, Zeppini Ecoflex provides equipment directly related to the points raised by Gilson Queiroz in the interview. For sewage treatment is available the Biorreactor, a system that Septic tank + Anaerobic filter are arranged in one compartment, providing some key differentiators as: the quality provided in the treatment and easy installation and maintenance, because it is a modular equipment.

In addition to sanitary treatment systems, which carry out the treatment with high efficiency and contribute to the improvement of hygiene and public health in general, Zeppini Ecoflex offers the Pluvi System, which allows use of rainwater in daily activities after three treatment stages in which includes: railing, filtration and disinfection. The device is completely plug & play, allowing easy installation.

For more details on these and other solutions for treatment and conscious consumption of water, visit Zeppini Ecoflex website.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international certification for buildings, which aims to encourage projects, construction and buildings operations focus on sustainability.

Used in over 140 countries, the certification provides great benefits such as: cost reduction operation, reducing the consumption of water and energy, valuation of the property, upgrading the building, awareness of workers and users, encouraging suppliers, increased well being, rational use of resources, among others.

LEED is divided into nine groups: New Construction and Major Renovations, Existing Buildings – Operations and Maintenance, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell Development, Retail, Schools, Homes, Neighborhood Development, and Healthcare. Each group has its own criteria to meet flexibly the different types of buildings and businesses that want to be certificated.

There are seven aspects to be fulfilled: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, which seeks the rational and reduction of water consumption, Energy and Atmosphere in which seeks to reduce the consumption of energy, Materials and Resources; Indoor Environmental Quality; Innovation in Design or Innovation in Operations, and Regional Priority Credits, which deals with environmental, social and economic priority set by each country.

Various characteristics of the criteria are evaluated, such as: reducing the use of cars during construction, use of windows to facilitate natural lighting, use of rainwater and reuse of water, waste sorting, use of materials with low environmental impact, reducing energy consumption, waste treatment, among others.

During the evaluation, the system assigns points according to the characteristics of the project, and in the completion of the construction is determined the level of the certification: Silver, Gold or Platinum.

Zeppini Ecoflex provides various equipment, as well as providing environmental protection through the proper effluent treatment and economy with the reuse of water. It also helps in getting points for winning the LEED Certification. Among these solutions are: the Sewage Treatment system; Oil-less system, oil and water separator; Biorreator, Septic tank + Anaerobic Filter; Pluvi System for rainwater harvesting, among others.

Besides the solutions that helps to obtain the LEED, Zeppini Ecoflex also has trained professionals to offer support and assistance to consumers on the aspects needed to obtain the certification.

Equipment begins to be used in another country in Latin America

Pluvi System, equipment for rainwater harvesting, manufactured by Zeppini Ecoflex, was installed in a new country in Latin America: Uruguay. A Zeppini Ecoflex distributor in the country sold this solution for the use of rainwater in activities that do not require potable water.

The system allows storage, filtration and disinfection of rainwater, ensuring that the water quality is suitable for use in many daily applications after treatment. Being a Plug & Play device with simple installation and cleaning can be easily applied to existing buildings or new ones.

It is an economical solution that provides significant reduction in potable water consumption and has been used all around the world. The system began its international commercialization in 2011, when the first unit was sold to Malaysia.

“The awareness of rational consumption of water is already a worldwide reality. For being very practical and offering great savings, several countries around the world are already using the Zeppini Ecoflex solution”, said Paulo Rogério Fernandez, Executive Director of Zeppini Ecoflex.

For more information on this product, please contact Zeppini Ecoflex sales team.

Four years ago, Petrobras Distribuidora and Zeppini Ecoflex inaugurated the Eletroposto

On June 10th 2009, exactly four years ago, Petrobras Distribuidora implemented in Rio de Janeiro the first solar charging station of the Americas, a formal recharging station installed into a Petrol Station that uses energy generated by photovoltaic solar panels to charge electric and hybrid vehicles of the region.

The installation was done in a partnership with Zeppini Ecoflex, which in addition to presenting the concept, also provided the photovoltaic panels, solar inverters, and other accessories and equipment used in the installation. The Eletroposto, located in Barra da Tijuca, is composed by 28 panels used to capture sunlight, turn it into energy, and provide it directly to the electric vehicles charges.

Beyond the recharge spot for the fleet of approximately 300 electric vehicles of the state, the recharging station also provides a set of electric scooters charged batteries for fast replacement. The owners of scooters only need to remove the discharged batteries and replace them with a set of charged ones available at the station.

“The charging solar station was an amazing and challenging project that we had the pleasure of developing with Petrobras. Four years ago, we innovate, and once again, made history in the national and international Petrol Station industry”, said Paulo Rogério Fernandez, Executive Director of Grupo Zeppini.

Zeppini Ecoflex also has a solar station, which generates clean energy for the office and industry, and a recharging spot for electric vehicles at its headquarters in São Bernardo do Campo.

Today, June 5th is celebrated the World Environment Day, established in 1972 by UN General Assembly on the opening day of the Stockholm Conference. The theme chosen this year for the celebration is “Think.Eat.Save. Reduce your foodprint”, and the host country is Mongolia, which has been changing its economy, making it a “Green Economy”, and promoting the environmental awareness among the youth.

This year campaign aims to educate the public not to waste food. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about one third of the total volume of food produced is wasted, reaching approximately 1.3 billion tons per year. Meanwhile, nowadays, one in seven people goes to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under 5 die every day from hunger.

The global food production takes up to 25% of the land in the world and is the reason for 70% of freshwater consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gases emissions. Consequently, reducing food waste will generate savings of water, space and emissions.

The World Environment Day is celebrated around the world in different ways: events, theme parties, parades, contests, actions related to planting and recycling, among others. This year, several countries have already registered their activities on the event website.

In Africa, in the University of Kinshasa, a presentation on the impact of food waste on the environment will be held by UNEP (United Nations Program for the Environment). In the Middle East, in the University of Kabul, in Afghanistan, will be held the workshop about Sustainable Development, and the topics discussed will be: Waste Management, Sanitation, CO² reduction and recycling. In Portland, Oregon, in the United States, public events, such as exhibition of paintings and environmental workshop, will be conducted. And in Brazil, the Environment Department prepared a brochure with information related to the consumption habits and also to raise awareness of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).

In 2009, the event had the theme “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to combat climate change“, in 2010, was “Many Species. One Planet. One Future“, in 2011, “Forests – Nature at your service“, and last year, “Green Economy: Does it include you?“.

Several celebrities participated in the promotion of this day this year, including the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen and the American actors Ian Sommerhalder and Don Cheadle.

Celebrate this day and help to preserve the environment!

*Information obtained from the UNEP website

Zeppini Ecoflex LED lighting pre-launched last year is already on sale. With a robust aluminum body and 80W power equivalent to 400W of a conventional lighting, ZPL-400 model is the right equipment for lighting Petrol Stations.

Besides its innovative design, the word that defines this equipment is: Economy. Zeppini Ecoflex solution reduces up to 70% in expenses with lighting.

Made of resistant materials and with special sealing, the LED has five years of factory warranty against manufacturing defects. Its long life, at least three times higher when compared to metal vapor lamps, avoids the hassle of constant changes and maintenance.

Its immediate response when triggered, different from other lightings regularly used, allows the maximum illumination capacity when it is turned on. Moreover, its superior efficiency level does not allow its power to be lost with the heat generation.

Another advantage is the excellent Color Rendering Index (CRI) that makes the colors of the place more vivid at the lighted place, contributing with an important aspect that is the visual presentation of the Petrol Station and making the stay pleasant for customers and employees.

The Petrol Stations owners will not find difficult to apply the equipment in new establishments or to replace the lamps in use by the LED lightning, which enables a very simple installation without the need for major changes.

This solution is already available in over 80 countries where the company is present. Consumers can also count on the Zeppini Ecoflex team support that offers consulting services for implementation of ZPL-400 on their Petrol Stations.

To know more about this solution visit Zeppini Ecoflex website: www.zeppini.com.br/indexI.asp

Last week, Grupo Zeppini including Zeppini Ecoflex received the Certificate of Social Responsibility, awarded by the company Sodiprom – Youths Training Center of the City of Diadema – in recognition for having apprentices in its professional staff.

For over 40 years, with the Rotary Club support, Sodiprom is dedicated to the professional qualification of the youths of the city, qualifying them for the job market. A major goal of the program is to make the student an outstanding professional for the market. Every semester, 256 adolescents receive care and training for personal and professional development. Currently, approximately 100 companies in the region are partners of the Center.

“It is very rewarding to give this opportunity to these young people, we are happy to see that some of them started their careers in Grupo Zeppini in 2009 and are still part of our professionals. We hope to expand our program and continue to contribute to their professional growth”, said Paulo Rogério Fernandez, Executive Director of Grupo Zeppini.

Seeking to contribute to social development and integration of these young people in the professional environment, Grupo Zeppini implemented in 2009 the Young Apprentice Program, which has since hired more than 50 apprentices. Young professionals have the opportunity to develop themselves, working directly with activities that they wish to act, such as: IT, International Business, HR, Sales, among others. After the end of the contract of the program, the company prioritizes to make the employee permanent.

“Regardless of the professional future, with us or not, it is important that all who pass through here has their first opportunity. They are surely part of our history and we will be part of their too”, added Paulo Rogério Fernandez.

The current issue of PetrolWorld, the largest magazine in the world of the Petrol Stations industry, brings the history and future plans of the company

A Rising Star – that’s how PetrolWorld the greatest communication vehicle of Petrol Stations industry described Zeppini Ecoflex. The magazine first issue of 2013, distributed in March, reported the three pages article – A Rising Star – detailing the history and future perspectives of the company.

To start the story, the editor commented briefly that while economies like the United States and Europe are facing some difficulties, other economies as well as the Brazilian grow solidly based on “hard work, intelligence and skill.” Finally, Zeppini Ecoflex was cited as an example of company that has steady growth based on these foundations.

Then, there was a narrative about Grupo Zeppini that started its activities in 1950 with Fundição Estrela, which is still part of the Grupo. The company used to produce aluminum and copper components, materials very commonly used in the past in the Petrol Stations industry.

With the increasing demand of the retail fuel sector, Zeppini was established in 1984 to meet this market directly. And at the end of the last century, when Brazil went through changes in standards to make the Service Stations installations safer, Zeppini began developing new components to meet the new regulations. The new Brazilian standard was set based on international standards, and this factor contributed to Zeppini, today present in over 80 countries, initiates its activities in the international market.

The article detailed facts, including steady and solid internationalization process of the company, biofuels experience, and the pioneering and constant focus on innovation with the development of new equipment, such as: Water and oil Separator System, Harvesting rainwater, Sanitary Treatment Equipment, and LED lighting solutions, recently added to the product line of the company.

Another important moment in the history of Zeppini happened in 2008: the acquisition of Ecoflex, the second largest manufacturer of equipment for stations in Brazil, which added experience, new products to the portfolio and the new name “Zeppini Ecoflex” and also allowed the possibility to meet the dynamic global market.

The story ended mentioning the Grupo Zeppini companies work in social media, which began in 2006, when companies were still unsure whether they should invest in social networks as a communication channels with its stakeholders. Today, the Grupo has over 20 channels, eight of these being of Zeppini Ecoflex. The PetrolWorld mentioned that pioneering in this activity shows the innovative approach of Zeppini Ecoflex.

Read the full magazine PetrolWorld article and learn more about the history and future of Zeppini Ecoflex in: www.zeppini.com.br/divulga/petrolworldeng.pdf

Awareness for water resources preservation motivates the creation of laws to rainwater harvesting in Brazil; Service Stations is one of the segments involved.

The rainwater harvesting is a way already known for natural resources preservation and reduction of water expenses. Following some expectations of society, the Brazilian government began to encourage the practice of rainwater use, including the creation of laws; some of them are specific to service stations.

In 2010, the Executive approved the law 134/09, written by the city councilor Aline Mariano, which imposes Fuel Stations of Recife must install equipments to capture the rainwater for washing vehicles and other activities that do not require the use of potable water.
The author of the law said that water conservation should be a constant concern of everyone, because it is one of the planet’s most important assets. “Although Brazil is the first country in hydro availability in rivers in the world, pollution and misuse undertake this feature in several regions. The supply problems are directly related to demand growth, waste and uncontrolled urbanization. This project aims to capture rainwater and reuses it after use, avoiding thereby the waste.” said the author.

This is not the only law related to rainwater harvesting. Other Brazilian states also have implemented rules to capture, treat and use of this alternative source, which are not limited only to service stations.

Zeppini Ecoflex, a leader in developing and marketing solutions for environmental protection in service stations, presented the Pluvi System in 2009, a device that allows the use of rainwater in the daily activities of petrol stations.

The equipment performs three treatment steps in which include railing, filtering to remove even the smallest solid waste, and chlorination to eliminate germs and bacteria present in the water before releasing it for use in activities such as car, floor and common areas wash, watering of green areas, flushing toilets, among others.

The Pluvi System installation is easy and very simple to be done in new or existing constructions. The Pluvi also eliminates the constant need for cleaning and the entire process occurs automatically, which does not need an operator to make the system to work.

This solution is already being used in all Brazilian States and in more than 80 countries where the company operates. For more information about Pluvi System contact Zeppini Ecoflex team.