First Green Squared® Ceramic Tile Certification in Italy Issued to Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola
SCS Global Services, a leading third-party certifier in the green building industry, has issued Green Squared® certification to Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola, an Emilia Romagna-based producer of ceramic tiles, for its Imola Ceramica, LaFaenza and Leonardo ranges. Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola is the first tile manufacturer in Italy to obtain the prestigious Green Squared certification.
“Certification of Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola under the Green Squared programme is a significant accomplishment,” remarked Stowe Hartridge-Beam, Managing Director of Environmental Certification Services for SCS. “This certification attests to Imola’s commitment to minimising the environmental impacts of tile manufacturing, while protecting the interests of communities.”
Green Squared® is a sustainability certification programme for ceramic tiles, glass tiles, and related installation material products developed by the Tile Council of North America. Green Squared certification recognises leadership in environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility, and is based on a standard developed under the American National Standards Institute process (ANSI A138.1). The standard establishes criteria across the product Life Cycle from raw material extraction to manufacturing, use and end-of-life management. This multi-attribute certification scores products in five categories of performance:
• Product characteristics
• Manufacturing and raw material extraction
• End-of-product life management
• Progressive corporate governance
As the only Italian tile manufacturer to be recognised under the Green Squared® programme, Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola has shown that its products are designed and manufactured in a manner which supports environmental sustainability and ethical responsibility. The company demonstrated that its meets all mandatory programme requirements as well as additional elective requirements. Moreover, in order to achieve certification, Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola, undertook specific improvements. For instance, it now has a zero discharge policy for industrial wastewater which is now recycled instead of being released to publicly owned treatment works.
“The SCS Global Services team conducted a very efficient and thorough inspection of all phases of our manufacturing process,” said Thomas D. Smith, the President of Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola (North America). “Third-party verification is vitally important to our industry, helping our customers differentiate among products based on their true environmental impact.”
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