Another key part of environmental sustainability is correct use of resources, first and foremost energy, essential in the ceramics production process. Back in 1994, we were the first company in the industry to obtain ISO 9001 certification for our quality system, later followed by ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management system. Finally, in 2022, the company obtains for the plants at the Fiorano site certification of its Energy Management System according to the ISO 50001 standard. In the same year, Marazzi Group became one of the first companies worldwide to achieve Certification under ISO 17889-1, the first international standard which assesses the sustainability of ceramic tiles by means of 38 quantitative and qualitative criteria covering all three aspects of sustainability: environmental, social and governance.
In recent years, our systems have been updated with the best energy-efficiency technologies available. The consequent reduction in energy consumption has led to a reduction in direct emissions equivalent to 14,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Thes energy savings have been confirmed by the award of white certificates, energy efficiency credits (EEC), which certify the energy saving achieved through specific measures, such as the installation of more efficient kilns.
In addition to these works are the group’s cogeneration plants which provide reductions of 15,000 t CO2/year by generating electricity and heat simultaneously, which added to the direct emissions reductions provide total CO2 savings of 29,000 tonnes per year.