On November 22th, the “Sustainability and environmental management in furniture, habitat and wood sector” event was held in Bilbao, Spain.
This event was organized by the “Cluster Association of the Habitat, Wood, Office and Hospitality Sector” with the collaboration of the International EPD System Associate Partner IHOBE (Basque Country’s Government Environmental Public Agency) and the member organization IK INGENIERIA.
The objective of the event was to strengthen sustainability and promote Ecodesign and Environmental Product Declarations in the field of furniture, habitat and wood construction sectors.
A hundred manufacturer representatives and sustainability experts meet in a very in depth event and attend 20 different presentations. Between them:
- The recognized individual verifier RUBEN CARNERERO, explained how to inform stakeholders and clients about environmental performance of their products through environmental product declarations and ecodesign activities, and detailed the key elements and of the International EPD System certification program.
- Two EPD certified manufacturers, PROTEC and EZARRI, explained their efforts towards sustainability and their experience developing and certifying environmental product declarations with the International EPD System.
- 3 other manufacturers showed their works and LCA studies for developing environmental product declarations following the International EPD System Product Category Rules, which will be certified during last month of 2013 and first quarter of 2014.
Thanks to this event, the investment of the Basque Country’s manufacturer network towards sustainability and Environmental Product Declaration development was confirmed (approximately 75% of Spanish certified environmental product declarations within the International EPD System are from Basque Country region companies, which will be increased with new certifications during next months).