EPD Process Certification achieved by Radici Novacips SpA

RadiciGroup has scored still another goal on the sustainability front: EPD Process Certification, which has been obtained by Radici Novacips SpA, headquarters of the RadiciGroup Plastics Business Area, for its EPD preparation and internal verification system.

This achievement is an important step for the Group, as it recognizes the validity of the drivers that RadiciGroup has selected for its “path to sustainability”: transparency, concrete action and rigorous measurement of the environmental impact of its products.
“The decision to certify our EPD management and verification system has been a responsible one,” said Luigi Gerolla, managing director of the RadiciGroup Chemicals and Plastics Business Areas. “It was a decision emerging from our resolution to increase transparency to the market and prove that we are a serious and reliable partner. We are in the chemicals business and thus we, more than others, bear the responsibility and the duty to pay the utmost attention to the environmental impact of our products. We transformed our attention to the environment into an action plan by specifying that all – or almost all – of our traditional engineering plastic brand names should be covered by environmental product declarations.”

EPD Process Certification is provided for and governed by the International EPD® System, one of the most highly qualified programmes in matters of environmental product declarations. As a result of the EPD Process Certification, Radici Novacips is now equipped with a system that has been validated and certified by a third party (Certiquality), which will allow it to create EPDs according to internationally recognized product category rules (PCR). This system will be used internally to constantly monitor and improve the environmental, technical and qualitative performance of Radici Novacips products. 

“We are now able to provide our customers with reliable, verifiable and comparable data on the environmental impact of our products,” said Cesare Clausi, Europe business manager of RadiciGroup Plastics. “These data have been measured and classified according to a system certified by independent bodies using standardized methods and rules. In this first stage of the project, we developed the EPDs for the glass-reinforced Radilon® A and S nylon 6 and 6.6 engineering polymers (25%, 30% and 35% glass fibre reinforced) manufactured at our production site in Villa d’Ogna, Italy.“ […]

At RadiciGroup we are convinced that, in matters of environmental sustainability, innovation can only come from a rigorous transparent approach. On this basis, the Group has made the systemic and rigorous measurement of environmental, economic and social performance indicators, as per GRI guidelines, the centre of its action plan along its entire industrial production chain (from chemicals to plastics, synthetic fibres and nonwovens). In the development of new products, RadiciGroup follows a three-pronged strategy: biopolymers, post-industrial and post-consumer recycling, and eco-design of products made of traditional source materials.

“We believe the eco-design of new products can have a defining role in achieving sustainability,” said Filippo Servalli, marketing manager of RadiciGroup. “At the new product design stage, now more than ever, the environmental variable must be taken into account along with economic profitability, ease of production, aesthetics and performance. The concept of a new product is the foremost guarantee for its concrete sustainability performance. So, we should reduce environmental impact by considering the entire life cycle of a product, starting from the design stage, when the future product is just a concept.”