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Cersaie 2009: Conferences and Seminars Environmental excellence of ceramic tiles: new Ecolabel criteria
Thursday 01 October - 3.00 p.m.
The European eco-label is an important, qualified tool that communicates and documents the environmental excellence of a product or service, as it is awarded only to products which are recognised as compliant with strict criteria or requirements concerning the most important environmental aspects during its life cycle. In the case of ceramic tiles, this cycle runs from the extraction of raw materials to the demolition of the tiling. These criteria, published for the first time in 2002, have recently been modified. This seminar aims to take stock of these seven years in the ceramic sector, and to analyse the concrete meaning and important function of this brand, also in view of the increasing interest shown by the sector, which sees the possibility of documenting the contribution of ceramic tiles to green building as a factor of competitivity.
Biographical notes: Stefania Minestrini, a graduate in Economics from La Sapienza University in Rome, has worked as a consultant in environmental issues and since 1999 has working for ISPRA, the National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ex APAT) on ecological product quality. Since January 2006 she has been in charge of the Ecolabel Sector of ISPRA’s Environmental Certification Service, the technical support sector of the Italian body entrusted with granting the European Ecolabel certificate.
Biographical notes: Alberto Fregni is a Confirmed Researcher for the Material Science and Technology sector at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna, and teaches Material Science and Technology and Applied Chemistry. He works as a researcher at the Ceramic Centre in Bologna, dealing mainly with the environmental impact of ceramic production processes and environmental product certification. He has taken part in the work of the AHWG on updating Ecolabel criteria for the Hard Floor Coverings product group, as well as in the work on the planning and specification of criteria for LEED certification carried out by GBC Italia.