We live in a world that is increasingly questioning the effects of human activities on the environment. Colacem has always confirmed its commitment to sustainability not only through its words, but by setting and pursuing clear goals followed by touchable results. Know-how, technology and professionalism have been and will always be their cornerstones in their effort of doing business in a sustainable way .
At this purpose, Colacem has started a project aimed at obtaining the EPD certification (Environmental Product Declaration) of its cements, which surely represents another step towards sustainability.
The first EPD obtained and published on the epditaly.it website is the one granted to cement produced in Caravate (VA). The project entails the attainment of EPD for all Colacem cements and Colabeton concretes.
The Environmental Product Declaration is a document environmental impacts connected to the production of cement are described , including related ‘side-effects’ such as energy consumption, raw materials and water consumption,, waste production and atmospheric emissions. In the case of Caravate, the "cradle to gate" approach has been implemented , in other words any impact generated from the extraction phase of raw materials to the delivery of finished products,,was taken into account.
The analysis is based on well-defined rules, the Product Category Rules (PCR), in compliance with the ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards on building/construction products. After a complex and thorough procedure, the Colacem EPD was verified and released by ICMQ, an independent and accredited third party institution .
Many are the benefits deriving from this project:
• The Company will be able to pursue energy and production efficiency in an even easier way, by monitoring improvement of environmental performance of its products and services.
• Customers will enjoy competitive advantages in the market, as an increasing number of technical specifications for public works require EPD certified products. The EPD also plays an important role in the attainment of credits for sustainability protocols (such as CAM).
• Stakeholders will be able to clearly and objectively verify the environmental performance of cements and concretes, thus confirming the transparency policy adopted by the whole Group.