Sustainability, FederlegnoArredo: “96% of companies adopt sustainable materials”

The four days in Rimini will be an opportunity to share with institutions, stakeholders, universities, research centers and sector operators

FederlegnoArredo confirms its commitment to sustainability also in support of associated companies by participating, for the first time as an exhibitor, in Ecomondo, the international reference event in Europe for technologies, services and industrial solutions in the Green and Circular economy sectors . For the Federation, the four days in Rimini will be an opportunity to share with institutions, stakeholders, universities, research centers and sector operators the path undertaken to date with the ambition of making the wood-furniture supply chain a pioneer of Green Industry, as an authoritative voice and recognized and recognizable guide on the topic.

A concrete path that sees companies in the sector already committed to sustainability for some time by working on all aspects of production, design and product life cycle, improving its environmental performance. Actions mapped and measured in a Survey, carried out on a sample of associated companies in collaboration with the Symbola Foundation, which provides an updated snapshot of the strategies implemented by the companies. 96% of companies in the wood-furniture supply chain adopt sustainable materials in their processes; 60% are supplied to some extent by renewable energy sources in production. Furthermore, almost all companies consider at least one circular criterion in product design, and over half have implemented circularity-oriented business models. The majority of companies focused on the recyclability (58.2%), the disassembly (37.5%) and the reuse (29.3%) of the product, on the reduction of packaging (44%) and energy consumption (54 .9%).

More and more companies offer useful services to improve product life cycle management. By focusing on production processes, it is highlighted how these are increasingly efficient and competitive: around 70% of companies have made investments in efficiency in the last three years, optimizing production processes (64% in 2021) to reduce environmental impact . In particular, it is highlighted that more than half of the companies recover production waste for internal reuse. Not only that: 55% of companies are involved in agreements, programs and projects for the implementation of sustainability and circularity measures and solutions for processes and products, 17.9% have activated natural habitat regeneration programs directly or participate in them and 50% plan to do so in the near future.

Wooden furniture companies are also committed to ensuring the growth of skills in sustainability for an increasingly effective welfare model. In terms of company resources, 41.3% of companies have continuous training or information programs. 27.2% have identified a sustainability manager or manager and 43.5% plan to include him in the workforce. Regarding the choice of suppliers, 76% of companies have defined evaluation criteria that take environmental aspects into account (56% in 2021). 47.5% of companies in the furniture area source local raw materials or semi-finished products (within 100 km) and in the wood area three out of four companies purchase certified wood (FSC, PEFC). To date, more than 60% of companies have at least one system certification, of which 31% are ISO 14001.

“We find ourselves facing an epochal challenge and the Federation has decided to be an active protagonist in rethinking production models, in limiting climate change and, at the same time, in creating the conditions for associated companies to remain competitive on the markets. Making our contribution – explains Claudio Feltrin, president of FederlegnoArredo – is necessary so that a sustainable development model is truly possible. The results of the Survey comfort us and demonstrate how ours is a green supply chain by vocation, but the path is still long and complex and no one can think of undertaking it alone. Being at Ecomondo also means this: forming a system with the most authoritative protagonists of the ecological transition”.