Italian Textile Machinery: ACIMIT’s “Sustainable Technologies” Project Gets the “Green Light”
Posted by Machines Italia | 30 Jul 2012
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Italian textile machinery industry has become a benchmark in worldwide research for innovative technologies designed to reduce production costs and improve environmental impact. As part of its “Sustainable Technologies” project, ACIMIT firstly created the green label, a certification that aims to identify and render easily comprehensible the energy and environmental performances of textile machinery, in particular by pointing out the quantity of equivalent emissions of carbon dioxide (Carbon Footprint - CFP) produced during the machine’s operation.
Subsequently, the Association chose RINA (www.rina.org), an international certification body, to define and validate the process for issuing the ACIMIT green label. Manufacturers participating in the “Sustainable Technologies” project are in fact obliged to adhere to implementation measures and operating instructions on the measurement of energy and environmental performances declared by the green label. RINA does not just limit itself to defining regulatory measures, since it also inspects and verifies their correct application, thus providing a guarantee of the accuracy of the performance indicators reported on the ACIMIT green label. Each year, as stipulated by the specifications, a sampling of 20% of all the machinery producers participating in the project will be subjected to a monitoring procedure by RINA, which will control procedures for the measurement of parameters and the operating conditions of machines on which the green label is being affixed. The sampling inspection by RINA of green labels issued is a guarantee for all green label machinery produced in accordance with ACIMIT’s own specifications.
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