Serge Ferrari complies with current standards and regulations (Level “R”) in all countries and sectors striving to go further, when it is helpful and possible (Level “R+”):
To allow you to assess these efforts and promote them to your customers, Serge Ferrari has created R+, a tool for establishing the HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE of each of its composite materials.
R+ complies with environmental communication standard ISO 14021: exact, verifiable, pertinent, not misleading.
• R: complies with REACH regulations
• R+1: substance of very high concern (SVHC *) < 0.1% (substances authorised by REACH but listed by the European agency)
• R+2: phtalate content < 5% (substances authorised by REACH and not SVHC*, but under observation)
• R+3: phtalate content < 0.1% (substances authorised by REACH and not SVHC*, but under observation)
*SVHC (Substance of Very High Concern)
“Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals” (REACH) regulations are embraced in a European law, which came into force in 2007.
This legislation is designed to safeguard human health and the environment. Each chemical substance, starting from the most hazardous and common in volumetric terms, is assessed to determine its toxicity and is registered.
When a substance is classified SVHC, suppliers must inform their customers of it, if its content > 0.1%.
Furthermore, as a precaution, some substances are placed under observation by the international community, for example endocrine disruptors (e.g. certain phtalates). These are authorised by REACH, but we try to curtail their usage in sensitive applications, pending knowledge official conclusions.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
• R: complies with usage-related legislation
• R+1: data available on Volatile Organic Component (VOC) emission
• R+2: A+ health labelling classification OR Greenguard certification
• R+3: A+ health labelling classification AND Greenguard certification
Indoor air quality has an impact on human health. It is obviously only considered for indoor applications.
Health labelling is a French regulation, which evaluates the proportion and dangerousness of VOC’s that can be emitted by a product.
Substance emission characteristics are formalised according to a scale of four classes ranging from A+ to C, Class A+ representing a very low emission level and Class C a high emission level.
The American Greenguard label is similarly intended, but imposes very regular monitoring of certified products.
• R: no assessment
• R+1: generic assessment for an industry
• R+2: specific assessment of an identified supplier
• R+3: specific assessment of composite material made up
No existing regulations require material environmental studies.
An EN 15804 Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for building products represents a European standardised return of environmental data from an ISO 14040-14044 Life Cycle Asessment (LCA), which forms the basis of every environmental impact study and is harmoniously performed for each sector based on common Product Category Rules (PCR).
The “Fiche de Déclaration Environnementale et Sanitaire” (FDES) is a French EPD for the building sector.
S+1: environmental impact assessment is collectively performed using average generic data for several factories, different suppliers and product
families. Its results are therefore highly generic.
S+2: for greater accuracy and relevance, these assessments are performed for an identified supplier’s production sites and correspond strictly
to a referenced product.
S+3: to further our knowledge of global impacts, environmental impact assessments include making up and, in some cases, usage.
• R: dump site*
• R+1: recyclable in accordance with ISO 14021
• R+2: effective recycling through Texyloop
• R+3: at least 20% recycling-sourced material integrated
The aim of a circular economy is to produce goods and services, while strictly limiting consumption and wastage of raw materials and non-renewable energy sources. This is why it encourages recycling. For a product to be recyclable, within the meaning of ISO 14021, there must be operational technology, an accessible collection network and industrial recycling capacity.
Recycling of Serge Ferrari products using the Texyloop process offers the advantage of producing second generation, low impact materials.
The act of integrating into a product a significant percentage of recycled material (original production waste excluded) represents progress towards resource conservation.
* The vast majority of PET/PVC composites from manufacturing and building industries is buried since these materials are rejected by alternative fuel energy recycling facilities,
due to the furnace corrosion caused by them.
• R: no bio-sourced constituent
• R+1: bio-based carbon content between 1% and 10%
• R+2: bio-based carbon content between 11% and 30%
• R+3: bio-based carbon content over 30%
Bio-sourced constituents are products that come partially or totally from biomass, i.e. produced by living organisms (plants, algae, animals, etc.)
The reference standard for measuring biomass carbon content is ASTM 6866, which enables young (renewable from biomass) and old (fossil) material content of a product to be determined. Percentages represent biomass-sourced carbon with respect to total carbon quantity.
Stam 6002 Example