March 5, 2014
The Italian remanufacturing association worked alongside the Italian government to help change public procurement in Italy for printer cartridges.
The association’s President, Giovanni Ravelli, stated that Italy “will spend more than €200 billion ($274 billion) a year on the management of its public administration”, and notes that it is “important to build on this type of expenditure to change attitudes towards remanufactured products that are environmentally and socially sustainable”.
To that end, Ravelli and ARTI-Italia worked with Riccardo Rifici from the Italian Ministry of Environment to “overcome the resistance” against green public procurement, with a National Action Plan on green public procurement (GPP) approved by the Italian government. A ministerial decree was adopted regarding cartridges featuring minimum environmental criteria, and can be found here (in Italian).
Ravelli noted that since its inception as an association in late 2012 the association has “actively participated in the definition” of cartridges with the Ministry of Environment, and added that ARTI-Italia was “committed to ensuring” that the decree “contained the specifications” that it, and its members, take in their remanufacturing businesses.
Ravelli stated: “We are pleased with the results that we hope will be taken into serious consideration by the Public Administration, and also by remanufacturers. ARTI-Italia will share these criteria so as to be reliable in providing environmentally friendly products and quality.
“Thanks also to ETIRA’s Vincent van Dijk and Christian Wernhart, who have supported and encouraged us in this work, indicating which technological and environmental aspects to consider. Now it is up to us to spread, and grow the share of remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges in Italian public administration.”
You can read a full account of ARTI-Italia’s work from Ravelli in a future issue of The Recycler.
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