RadiciGroup’s commitment to sustainability is ongoing.
The Group regularly reports on its actions and progress in its Sustainability Report, which is drawn up according to the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) guidelines and includes a series of performance indicators – Economic (EC), Human Rights (HR), Labour Practices and Decent Work (LA), Society (SO), Environment (EN) and Product Responsibility (PR).
All of these elements are of central importance, and RadiciGroup has undertaken the challenge to make sustainability a business tool, a key to innovation, a tenet of corporate culture and, in short, the approach to running its companies. To RadiciGroup, sustainability means concrete action and results – from the beginning to the end of its production chain.
RadiciGroup is committed to measuring its environmental impact systematically and rigorously from the beginning to the end of its production chain, that is, from monomer to engineering plastics, synthetic fibres and nonwovens, so as to provide information based on verified and comparable scientific data.
How? First of all, through the development and definition of Product Category Rules (PCRs) for its production chain, which set down how to measure and quantify the environmental impact performance of its products using Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), in order to obtain specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). And that is not all. RadiciGroup, in particular Radici Chimica SpA, has recently signed an agreement with the Italian Ministry of the Environment to apply a new method to its production chain, on an experimental basis, to determine the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF). This method was recently introduced by the European Commission to improve the availability of reliable and comparable information on the environmental performance of products and organizations, with the goal of harmonizing the different measurement methods available today.
Production chain PCR project
RadiciGroup, through the Sweden-based International EPD System, has defined internationally accepted PCRs, specific to the products of the its plastics and fibres production chain: polyamides 6 and 6.6, from monomers to engineering plastics, synthetic fibres and nonwovens, and the recycling of all plastic scrap from its production chain. This was a significant achievement for RadiciGroup – the result of about one year’s work on a conceptual and methodological approach that was truly an innovation in the industry. Indeed, the Group was the first multinational to present and propose the concept of a production chain PCR to International EPD System, from which it received positive feedback. Today the rules prepared by the Group and validated by International EPD System (one of the most highly regarded bodies in Europe) are an international reference point and model for any company in the industry that wants to measure the environmental impact performance of its production chain products. The “production chain” approach (polymers, engineering plastics, synthetic fibres and nonwovens) standardises the normative application of the LCA rules, which in turn facilitates the preparation of the EPDs for all the products of the Group. This puts RadiciGroup in position not only to assist its downstream customers to obtain an equivalent certification for their products, but also to objectively assess the environmental awareness of their suppliers.
Now that it has defined its production chain PCRs, RadiciGroup is working on obtaining EPDs for its products, as well as applying, on an experimental basis, the new European method for calculating product (PEF) and organisation (OEF) environmental footprints. What are the points of excellence of the aboveapproach for RadiciGroup Plastics?
ABILITY TO DEVELOP ECODESIGN ANALYSIS PROCEDURES. ABILITY TO MAKE OBJECTIVE COMPARISONS AMONG PLASTICS AND AMONG PLASTICS AND METALS WITH THE SAME TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE.
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