R&D and sustainability
From this study emerged that the production of marble slabs causes a very modest environmental impact on air and water given the total absence of chemical substances in the production process. The same supply chain also has a low CO2 impact, in view of the short distances of the raw material “marble” deposits from the processing plants, and a very low energy impact too.
The study was developed according to the ISO 14040, ISO 14044, ISO 14025 standards and the requirements of the UNI EN 15804 standard and considers all processes related to product operation: from the extraction of raw materials to the production, use and product maintenance, up to the reuse and disposal of all final waste. The published EPD is a verified and registered type 3 environmental declaration, which communicates transparent and comparable information of the environmental impact throughout the product’s entire life cycle. As a result, Franchi Umberto Marmi’s Bettogli marble slabs are recognized all over the world as a material with environmental certification and by the leading green building rating systems: LEED (USA), BREEAM (UK, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, etc.), ENERGY STAR (USA), GREEN STAR (Australia, New Zealand), HQE (France). In Europe, the company is also recognized for its GPP (Green Public Procurement) or “green purchasing”.