Accompanied by the public society Ihobe, the Basque firm, a member of the Basque Ecodesign Center, Vicinai Cadenas has travelled to Sweden to present their successful experiences in EPD eco-labelling for the product they are selling: high added-value chains for low lines destined for the offshore oil and gas industry.
About 80 companies and entities that promote the
system of EPD environmental labelling for products (Environmental Product
Declaration), which originate from various European countries, amongst them
Vicinay Cadenas and Ihobe, met last Tuesday the 15th of May in
Stockholm. The motive was the celebration of the First EPD
System Congress organized by Environdec, a certified organism of
Environmental Product Declaration with great worldwide recognition.
Firms from diverse sectors such as railways (Bombardier),
the pharmaceutical industry (Pfizer
Inc), food sector (Barilla),
mining and metallurgic sector (Centro de
Investigación Minera y Metalúrgica of Chile) or naval and
petroleum sector (Vicinay Cadenas),
amongst others, shared their experiences with product eco-labelling with the
attendees through their respective presentations. Two of the principal reasons
that the companies have decided to promote EPD eco-labeling (type III, based on
the ISO standard 14025) arte transparency in the communication of environmental
efficiency of the goods and services that are marketed by the company, and the
provision of information to clients to help them in the decision making,
during the purchase process, so that they carry out responsible purchases,
based on real and verified data.
Vicinay Cadenas’ invitation to be a presenter at
this meeting is thanks to the work that the firm has carried out during recent
years in relation to the promotion of EPD eco-labeling. In 2009, Vicinay
Cadenas was the first company in the naval and petroleum sector at a worldwide
level to publish an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), providing
information about the impact generated in the industrial process from the steel
manufacturer until the end of the useful life of the product. Three years
later, Vicinay Cadenas has already provided eco-labels for its entire range of
chains, as well as three of their shackle products.
As well as the presenting companies, about 80
entities and companies that promote the ecological labelling have participated
in the congress, such as Hugo Boss, Siemens, Saint Gobain, Astra Tech, Lenovo
Nordic, ABB. Aquafil, Scandinavian, Business Seating, representatives from the
Swedish Ministry for the Environment, the Swedish Federation of Forestry
Industry and the Canadian Institute for Sustainable Materials Athena, among
The Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are the
most utilized and recognized systems internationally by the leading companies
in their sectors of activity in countries such as Sweden, Germany, Italy,
Switzerland or Japan. They are applicable to all product types in order to
provide relevant, verified and comparable information of the environmental
characteristics to the client.
Environdec is an organization that includes 27
associated entities from all over the world. The commitment of each of them is
to promote environmental sustainability in the industrial sector
through product eco-labelling, a system that informs the client of the
environmental characteristics of the same.
29 May, 2012.