Confindustria Ceramica

Environment

Due to the geographical concentration of companies in the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia (the so-called “ceramic cluster”) and the accumulated side-effects of their activities, the Italian ceramic tile industry was one of the first to develop a strong environmental awareness and to seek to combine environment protection, health and safety with sustained market competitiveness.


Over the past decade the industry has shown a shift towards sustainable development projects through integrated and comprehensive standards and regulations (ISO 14001 and EMAS Regulation) that take account of the causes of environmental impact and the tools to be used for preventing or at least minimising it.


The fact that the individual companies have voluntarily registered with certification and qualification projects indicates a profound change in stance on the part of company management. The unique organisation of Italian industry in a cluster model has also facilitated the introduction of more effective control measures through greater geographical unity and competitiveness amongst individual companies.


The Italian ceramic industry’s world leadership position is therefore not limited to production but includes to a commitment to achieving extremely low levels of environmental impact and fully respecting the ecological equilibrium.