The Spanish tile industry backs sustainability by developing a sector-specific DAP

The Spanish tile industry backs sustainability by developing a sector-specific DAP

September 2019

The Spanish tile industry has taken a leadership role by developing a sector-specific ecological label (DAP).  This label should provide a strong promotional tool for the tile sector in the field of sustainability.

Around 40 Spanish companies in the tile sector have individual DAPs, and now Ascer has developed a tool in order to facilitate its members obtaining the ecolabel, following technical work by the Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC).  The DAP has been registered under the GlobalEPD system of AENOR.

For the preparation of the Spanish DAP, Ascer and ITC have collaborated with member companies that have provided data about their Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).  The participating companies (representing 40% of Spanish production) have contributed with all their inventory data, and the results obtained in this study are considered to be representative of the Spanish sector of ceramic tile manufacturers.  The scope of this DAP is from cradle to grave.

In addition to the sectorial DAP, Ascer has continued to promote the development of individual DAPs by manufacturing companies, because it is considered that this environmental communication tool is one of the most appropriate for transmitting the environmental impacts of the products used in buildings.  Large public and private projects are introducing this label in their specifications as a requirement for ceramic coverings.

In 2011 Ascer developed a computer tool that allows Environmental Product Declarations (DAPs)to be obtained based on the ACV of the ceramic tile at a sectorial level, as well as on individual parameters of each installation.

DAP is an international eco-labeling system for products from the construction sector that allows certifying the environmental impact throughout the life cycle of the products and its eco-efficient manufacturing process. Specifically, the DAP is a pioneer type III eco-label in Spain that is already applicable in other countries such as Norway, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Holland, Switzerland or France, and is in the process of being established in Denmark and Italy.  Currently Italy, North America, and Germany have sectorial DAPs.

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