Within the framework of its professional associations the paint industry has in the past repeatedly worked towards improving individual environmental aspects, both voluntarily and also based on national and European legislation. The result was that a comparative overall evaluation of its products from an ecological point of view was not accessible.
We are convinced that the necessary transparency for a comparative evaluation of coatings for buildings can only be achieved for authorities, customers and users by means of a comprehensive evaluation of all the environmentally relevant aspects of our products. Moreover this is the only basis for further optimising the ecological effects of such products.
To achieve this a life-cycle orientated attitude is necessary, encompassing the emission-based environmental effects at every stage of the life cycle as well as the long-term protective function of coatings and the relevant building substrates on which they are applied.
- At Meffert AG we practice the sustainable management of raw materials, energy, water and waste products on a daily basis. In 2001 our environment management system was accredited with the DIN EN ISO 14001 certificate. Since 2015 we have also been certified according to ISO 50001:2011 (energy management).
- We have been committed to the Responsible Care guidelines since 1999.
- We support the national and European professional bodies in the integral collation of product and environmental data.
- We take part in the work in the national and European committees aimed at compiling standard product group rules (PCRs) and environment product declarations (EPDs) at a European level. For economic reasons we are in favour of establishing EPD frameworks at the level of professional bodies.
- This is the only way to provide authorities, customers, users, architects and investors with the necessary transparency to evaluate the architectural coatings of varying European manufacturers with regard to their effect on the environment and finally their sustainability. This would then prevent unevaluated products from being imported.
- Moreover, only with this data base does it become possible to optimise existing products with regard to their integral environmental effects and to formulate well-founded requirements for new products.