A strict Planet Care
The Environmental Management System (“EMS”) is the instrument used by the Company to identify, assess and address the major environmental issues and improve its performance. The ISO 14001 is a voluntary international standard that indicates how to develop an effective EMS, requiring the Company to make a written representation to the public setting out its environmental objectives and targets.
The aim of the EMS is to:
- Identify and monitor the Company’s key environmental aspects;
- Coordinate all activities with an environmental impact;
- Deploy specific responsibilities, as full environmental compliance is ensured through the appropriate conduct of all staff.
This commitment is expressed by:
- A structured approach to setting environmental objectives and identifying the tools needed to achieve them;
- Manufacturing safe to use products that can be recycled or disposed of;
- Assistance to customers on the safe use of the products;
- Cooperation with customers for the continuous improvement of products and services;
- Minimising the impact of production, storage, transportation, distribution, use and disposal of products on humans and the environment;
- Reducing the cost of energy consumption, waste management and raw materials;
- Initiating a process of continuous improvement of environmental performance;
- Increasing the value of its business in the market, starting with a serious analysis of its environmental issues, whether legislative, technical or managerial.
Regulation (EC) no. 761/2001 introduced the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (“EMAS”), which represents the official recognition at EU level for the achievement of excellence in environmental management and the communication plan put in place voluntarily.
Under the EMAS Regulation, the Company is required to:
- Perform an initial environmental review which establishes its initial position about the environmental conditions;
- Define an environmental policy, that is its objectives and general action plan for the environment, and prepare an environmental programme that describes the measures adopted to attain specific objectives;
- Implement the environmental management system to develop, implement and maintain an environmental policy;
- Audit the Company’s performance, its environmental management system and processes designed to protect the environment;
- Prepare an environmental statement for the market, which includes details of its environmental policy, a brief description of the environmental management system, a description of its organisation and environmental aspects.
EMAS registration facilitates local accountability by virtue of an open dialogue with stakeholders, communicates independently validated environmental information, improves the involvement of staff, provides greater assurance about compliance with environmental legislation and, through continuous improvement, tends to minimise the environmental impacts arising from the Company’s business.
The “REACH” regulation (“Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals”) provides for the registration of all chemicals produced or imported into the EU in quantities greater than one tonne per year. It covers 30,000 chemicals on the market. .
Registration of a substance consists of the presentation by the manufacturers or importers of certain basic information about its characteristics and, in the absence of available data, the execution of experimental tests to characterise their physical-chemical, toxicological and environmental properties.The Regulation established the European Chemicals Agency (Helsinki), which provides technical-scientific coordination of the activities required by the Regulation and organises a database to collect and manage the data provided by the industry when the substances are registered.
The national bodies involved in the implementation of the REACH regulation are:
- the relevant bodies of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Policies;
- the Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea;
- the Ministry of Economic Development;
- the bodies that are part of the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the National Institute of Health (ISS).