In 2013 Arpa Industriale launched FENIX®, an innovative material for interiors developed by an international, multidisciplinary team thanks to proprietary technologies. Since December 2021, FENIX materials are carbon neutral: find out more on FENIX Carbon Neutral page.
Reducing the carbon footprint and reaching carbon neutrality are key parts of our overall sustainability policy. Next to the belief that improving the environmental footprint is the right thing to do, we are also convinced that it is essential to safeguard the continuity of the company and its brands. That is why sustainability is also well embedded in the plans and high on the agenda with the credo “do no harm, do good, do better.”
The approach is straightforward: we measure our impact, select targets to reduce this impact and monitor and report on progress. To measure our impact, we use the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. LCA captures the details of the entire environmental footprint of our products.
We firmly believe that you cannot manage what you do not measure. Addressing sustainability and carbon neutrality starts with the quantification of the impacts.
How? The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology represents the most reliable and fact-based tool to evaluate the environmental burdens associated with the entire life cycle of a product, process, or activity. This is done through the identification and quantification of the energy, water and materials used and the wastes and emissions released into the environment.
Arpa Industriale’s strategy
Sustainability became key part of Arpa Industriale’s License to Operate (LTO) strategy in 2010 and a lot of effort has been put since then to improve its environmental performance through the implementation of a number of projects and activities.
A key element of its approach is being highly transparent about our current environmental footprint as well as the plans and targets for reducing its overall impact. Arpa Industriale has implemented a common sense, fact-based methodology to sustainability focused on a cradle-to-gate approach that is integrated into the way that manages every part of its business.
To know more about Arpa Industriale’s sustainability approach, visit arpaindustriale.com.
Do not harm
At the core of the sustainability strategy is the principle that we should start with ourselves when we seek to improve the world: ‘do no harm’. This means that we comply with safety, product and sustainability regulations and guidelines. Beyond that, we seek opportunities to minimize the environmental impact in all of the operations and products.
The second element of the strategy is to look for opportunities that support the environment beyond the direct scope of our own manufacturing footprint: ‘do good’. We want to encourage an active dialogue with our suppliers on how to improve environmental performance and support the customers in their sustainability challenges. This includes creating products that have a long lifespan that limit the need for replacement. Lastly, we also look into developing projects that help to absorb or reduce carbon emissions less directly linked to our factories and our product portfolio.
We believe that addressing sustainability challenges will allow our company to continue to grow and ‘do better’ in the future. Investing in sustainability should – in the end – ensure that these efforts continue beyond the horizon of current regulatory changes and ethical/ moral considerations.