The development and competitiveness of a product is also linked to its environmental certification, as demonstrated by the case of Vimar

Vimar S.p.A. is one of the main national and international players in the context of the production of electrical and electronic devices for civil installations, with more than 12,000 articles in its catalogue and with a particular focus on respect for the environment.

Spinlife has carried out for Vimar S.p.A. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies of products aimed at obtaining Product Environmental Profile certifications issued by PEP ecopassport®.

These are type III environmental declarations, carried out according to the ISO 14025 standard, specific for electrical and electronic products. The certification is issued following documentary and field verification by a verifier accredited by the programme.

Spinlife’s consulting team supported Vimar S.p.A. throughout the entire process, which started in July 2019 from the definition of the objective, through the collection of data and processing of the LCA studies using the SimaPro sotware, to the support during the final verification, which took place in December 2020.

Representative articles from the new Linea and Plana series were studied and certified.

The reference articles were studied considering their entire life cycle, starting from the phase of extraction of raw materials and production of semi-finished products, passing through the phase of assembly, distribution, installation and use, to end-of-life management.

In conducting these studies, reference was made to the following standards and product category rules:

  • ISO 14040:2006 Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Principles and framework
  • ISO 14044:2006 Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Requirements and guidelines
  • PCR-ed3-EN-2015 04 02 – Product Category Rules (PEP – PCR) for Electrical, Electronic and HVAC-R Products
  • PSR-0005-ed2-EN-2016 03 29 – Product Specific Rules for Electrical switchgear and control gear Solutions

Assessing and certifying the environmental performance of products leads to greater awareness of their potential impacts on the environment, helping companies to define areas for improvement. This process also brings economic benefits. Environmental product certification, in fact, ensures that products meet the sustainability requirements increasingly demanded by the market and allows companies to participate in public tenders.