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Requirements for EPD's final
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Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
Requirements for EPD's final
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Requirements for EPD’s
(Environmental Product Declaration)
From Polymers to Fibres
Arturo Andreoni
52ND DORNBIRN MAN-MADE FIBERS CONGRESS

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  • 1. Requirements for EPD’s (Environmental Product Declaration) From Polymers to Fibres Arturo Andreoni 52ND DORNBIRN MAN-MADE FIBERS CONGRESS 11–13 Sept. 2013 1
  • 2. 2 RADICIGROUP RadiciGroup is one of the most active chemicals companies at an international level. Its diversified businesses operate worldwide and are focused on Chemicals, Plastics and Synthetic Fibres. RadiciGroup’s products are exported all over the world, and are the starting-point for developments in the clothing, sport, furnishings, automotive, electrical/electronic and appliances sectors.
  • 3. 3 RADICIGROUP KEY NUMBERS 3,200 Employees Presence in Europe, Asia, North & South America
  • 4. 4 RADICIGROUP: INSIDE YOUR WORLD PRODUCTS FOR HOME INTERIORS Yarns for curtains, upholstery, carpets and wall-to-wall carpets. Engineering plastics for household appliances and the electric-electronic sector. PRODUCTS FOR APPAREL Yarns for clothing, lingerie, beachwear and sportswear. PRODUCTS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR Engineering plastics for car interiors and engine components. Yarns for car interiors and airbags.
  • 5. 5 RADICIGROUP & SUSTAINABILITY sustainability LCA studies R&D for sustainable products PCR-EPD approach GRI Certified Sustainability Report
  • 6. 6 RADICIGROUP & SUSTAINABILITY Oureco-sustainableproducts
  • 7. • Two main factors, one external and one internal, have determined our strategy for the communication of the environmental performances of our products: – The proliferation of “Green Labels” – Our production chain 7 RADICIGROUP & SUSTAINABILITY PCR & EPD approach
  • 8. “GREEN LABELS”: which one to choose?
  • 9. 9 RADICIGROUP - THE PRODUCTION CHAIN
  • 10. THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project At RadiciGroup choices have been made :  In a European context.  Following firmly established and internationally recognized normative rules.  In line with our corporate sustainability model:  ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, SA 8000, ISO 50001, ISO 14064
  • 11.  The ISO norms dedicated to the Environmental Labels are governed by ISO 14000 standards.  They are one of the voluntary tools of environmental management designed to communicate the environmental performance of products or services.  3 types of labels are available: I. ISO 14024: Product labels with third-party certification which can be obtained only if required principles and procedures are followed. Example: ECOLABEL (EU) and other similar labels at the national level. II. ISO14021: Self-declared environmental claims made by the producers or distributors/importers of the products for which no third-party certification is required. III. ISO14025: Environmental labels carrying information associated with well- defined indicators that quantify the full life-cycle environmental impact of the product (LCA). They must be verified and accredited by a third party and submitted in a standard format so as to be comparable (EPD). THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): the ISO Standards
  • 12.  The RadiciGroup Environmental Labels project is based on Type III Environmental Declarations (ISO14025) and pursues the following objective:  How to proceed to achieve this purpose? – We need calculation rules for the LCA and the presentation format of EPD, i.e. we need – If are not available for the products of interest, we have to write them! THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project To certify RadiciGroup products with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). PCR - (Product Category Rules)
  • 13. THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project • Why PCRs? 13 EPD PCR ISO14025 ISO14040 - 44
  • 14.  The first step was the choice of an organization, recognized by ISO at an international level, to which to submit our PCRs (Program Operator): The International EPD® System http://www.environdec.com  The production chain PCR project started in June 2012.  Two workgroups have focused on the project:  From the production of polymer (in its various forms) to man-made fibres (yarns and staple) to recycling processes.  Work ended on Dec. 2012 and 3 PCRs were presented for discussion to the EPD® System Technical Committee.  The approval and the publication by EPD® System completed this year ( Apr. – July). THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project
  • 15. 15 Initiation Preparation Open consultation Technical verification PUBLICATION THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project • The PCR system how it works: Industry Stakeholders The EPD® System
  • 16. 16 THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project • PCR content: – Definition of the product group • According to UN CPC (Central Product Classification) system – Declared unit – Content of materials – The process boundaries: • Upstream • Core • Downstream – The allocation rules – Environmental performance related information – Content of the EPD
  • 17. monomers polymers • filament tow • staple fibre • mono/multi filament yarn textile use as chemicals use as raw materials • technological use • industrial use • textile use PCR CPC 341 Polymerisation Spinning and finishing processes • sewing thread • multiple/cabled yarn • yarn of staple fibres Cabling Weaving CPC Division 34 Basic chemicals CPC Division 35 Other chemical products; man-made fibres CPC Division 26 Yarn and thread; woven and tufted textile fabrics textile use PCR CPC 26 PCR CPC 263/264 PCR CPC 355 PCR CPC 347 UN classification scheme CPC
  • 18. Waste (post consumer) Waste (pre consumer) RAW MATERIALS Other RAW MATERIALS Finished Products CPC 347 Plastics in primary forms CPC 8942 Non metal waste and scrap recovery (recycling) services CPC 355 Man made fibres (filament or staple) CPC 263-264 Textile yarn and thread of natural and man made filaments or staple fibres PCR’s for the production chain from polymers to fibres
  • 19. THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project • PCR – the boundaries (Life Cycle Stages): 19 Upstream processes • Extraction and production of raw materials Core processes • Manufacturing Downstream processes • Usage • Recycling /landfill
  • 20. THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project • PCR – the EPD content Reporting data organized according to a modular structure: 20 UPSTREAM CORE DOWNSTREAM Processes A1-3 A4-5 B1-7 C1-4 D Product Construction Usage End of life Recycling CRADLE TO GATE CRADLE TO GRAVE CRADLE TO CRADLE
  • 21. 21 THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project • EPD – the LCA information needs  Use of resources: – Primary and secondary energy (from renewable and non- renewable sources) (GER) [MJ] – Water consumption [m3]  Environmental impact: – Global Warming Potential (GWP) [kg CO2 equiv. “Greenhouse gases” ] – Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) [kg CFC equiv.: “Chlorofluorocarbons”] – Acidification Potential (AP) [kg SO2 equiv.: “Sulfur dioxide” ] – Eutrophication Potential (EP) [kg PO4(3-) equiv.: “Phosphates” ] – Photochemical Oxidant Potential (POCP) [kg “Ethylene” equiv.]
  • 22. 22 THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project • PCR – the approved documents: CPC 347 PLASTICS IN PRIMARY FORMS Approved: 01-12-2012 Expiry: 15-12-2017 CPC 355 MAN MADE FIBRES - SYNTHETIC Approved: 22-04-2013 Expiry: 22-04-2018 CPC 8942 PLASTIC WASTE AND SCRAP RECOVERY (RECYCLING) SERVICES Approved: 04-07-2013 Expiry: 04-07-2016 http://www.environdec.com/en/Product-Category-Rules/
  • 23. 23 THE ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS (“Green Labels”): RadiciGroup Project • EPD – it makes sense in order to: – Compare environmental performances. – Reflect continuous environmental improvement. – Communicate environmental performance. – Provide reliable LCA data based on the principles of international ISO standards. CO2
  • 24. 24 Acknowledgements •The International EPD® System (Sweden) http://www.environdec.com • QUOTA SETTE srl (Italy) Dr. Anna Bortoluzzi Dr. Ing. Paolo Simon Ostan (PCR’s moderator) info@quotasette.it
  • 25. 25 Thank you!

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