Mapei recently launched its latest environmental brochure, Sustainable Innovation, which shares its eco-values and expectations. Its drive for sustainability encompasses various aspects in terms of living comfort and wellbeing, and the publication illustrates the company’s three cornerstones: the planet, projects and people. It also sets out the company’s objectives in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In line with its planet cornerstone, Mapei studies and develops solutions that have a lower impact on the environment. The company monitors and aims to minimise the effects generated by products throughout their life cycle. Impact is determined using the LCA (life cycle assessment) method, resulting in the issuing of an EPD (environmental product declaration).
During product analysis, numerous impacts on the environment are taken into consideration, from global warming, to the depletion of the planet’s natural resources, to the influence the product has on the ecosystem. Mapei aims to minimise any negative effects its products have on the environment, to make them more sustainable, measuring their impact according to international standards.
With an eye on future generations, the company’s aim is to supply contractors and designers with safe, reliable, long-lasting and sustainable products. Formulations feature what is described as ultra-lightweight raw materials, made from recycled materials developed to reduce energy consumption, with very low emissions of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
LEED v4.1 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) plays a significant role in the company’s project cornerstone. The voluntary protocol is designed to help buildings to be designed and constructed according to sustainable criteria, taking various aspects into consideration including construction site, water and energy savings and products employed on site. Very low VOC products, like Ultracolor Plus, can play a role in a building’s LEED certification.
The company has developed several tools to determine which products can help obtain LEED credits, including P.A.S.S. (profile, aspects and synthesis of sustainability): documents that verify the conformity of a specific Mapei product to the criteria of the LEED protocol.
“Mapei puts people at the centre,” the company says. It has several initiatives in place regarding health and safety, with wellbeing of people (not just the worker) as a primary objective. It also recognises the importance of training and professional development, investing in numerous activities. Training courses and events are also open to clients and consumers, to help them stay updated about the company’s solutions and products. Collaborations with the scientific community, training institutes and university research centres also help the company share sustainable ideas and knowledge.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action plan signed by the member states of the United Nations. It proposes 17 goals and provides a roadmap for the coming years. In support of this agenda, Mapei has identified various sustainable development goals where it believes its activities can have the most significant impact.
The company is committed to the development of solutions that preserve the quality of air inside buildings, to ensure wellbeing and comfort during application and for those using and living in areas where products have been applied.
Through training courses, conferences and webinars, the company is committed to providing knowledge, tools for growth and to raising awareness of sustainability.
It’s also committed to the ongoing research and development of products that play a role in the construction of sustainable structures.