Imola has been awarded different awards such as the ISO 14001 environmental certification, the EMAS registration, the LEED rating and the ECOLABEL and GREEN SQUARED certificates.
The UNI EN ISO 14001 was imposed on the basis of the following principles:
• Protection of the environment and of Natural resources, where IMOLA focus on minimizing the environmental impact of its production of ceramic tiles and optimizes the use of natural resources thanks to the recycling processes which recover the waste from the various raw and cooked processing as well as optimizing the water supply resources and the reutilization of recyclable material for packaging;
• Efficient and effective energy policy, through the introduction of optimized plant solutions, and where the majority of the electrical energy utilized is produced in-house through the use of the most modern cogeneration systems;
• Principle of “Respect for the ecosystem” was adopted to insure that the environmental impact of its industrial production is minimized. In fact, Imola completely recovers all the water used in the working processes thus reducing the discharge to zero; it performs continual monitoring of the significant emissions in order to achieve a high level of reduction of the pollutants that are critical to the environment, conducts complete differential waste collection of the paper, plastic material, wood, steel and copper.
Imola has obtained Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) registration through the implementation of a precise company policy on sustainable development. This is an important recognition in Europe that aim at the continuous improvement of production standards and awareness of all of its employees in terms of protecting the environment.
Additionally, Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola is a member of the Green Building Council Italia, which operates for the diffusion of the LEED accreditation system. The tiles can contribute to obtaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits. For examples, our tiles can contribute to reducing the “heat-island” effect, in order to reduce impact on the microclimate of the area. In addition, the system itself can be contribute to achieve an innovation in design credit.
Imola Is the first Italian tile manufacturer to achieve he third-party environmental certification Green Squared, which was developed by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), recognizing leadership in environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.