Environmental Labels & Certifications

There are a growing number of certifications and environmental labels that are either management, product or project focused. The below are helpful key ones to know.

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Management:

EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary management system created by the European Commission in 1995 to recognize and reward proactive organizations in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EAA) that go beyond the basic environmental laws and constantly improve their environmental performance, credibility and transparency.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a global organization that sets standards for good management practice. While the ISO 9001:2000 gives requirements for quality management systems, the ISO 14000 family of standards addresses various aspects of environmental management systems (EMS). For an organization to be both certified and registered, it has to have been independently audited and confirmed as being in conformity with the ISO standards for which it was issued a certificate.

Product:

EU Eco-Label “Flower” is a tool aimed at promoting sustainable production and consumption. The European Union Eco-labeling Board (EUEB), in close collaboration with the European Commission, develops ecological criteria for product groups based on a life-cycle analysis. Those manufacturers and service providers who apply and are awarded the Eco-label can use the “Flower” to market the certified product(s). Being a market-based instrument, its primary function is to stimulate both the supply and demand of products with a reduced environmental impact.

EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a tool aimed at providing relevant, verified and comparable information about the environmental impact from goods and services.

ANSI A138.1 Standard is mostly Italian ceramic tiles which meet or exceed this new voluntary standard for sustainable ceramic tiles, glass tiles and tile installation materials.