The EPD certification

Today, Monini is a company that's on the cutting-edge in terms of facilities, technology and quality control, upholding the Italian olive oil tradition thanks to a responsible corporate management model based on environmental sustainability, business ethics and social awareness. As evidenced by various interventions, Monini has recently undertaken a major "eco-sustainability" project, including the installation of a photovoltaic system at the production facility, the provision of energy from certified renewable sources, and the use of eco-friendly recycled glass packaging. Thanks to this policy, Monini has become the first large Italian company to obtain an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD®).

Monini's environmental policy is based on a simple philosophy: to never deprive nature or the terrain of anything. Because it is precisely nature and the terrain that have provided this Spoleto-based company with its precious raw materials, allowing it to make a name for itself over the past 100 years. Monini has assumed this exemplary commitment to the environment and its natural fruits in order to ensure that they are preserved for generations to come. It's the best possible investment that the company could make in order to preserve the values underlying the Monini olive oil tradition over time.

Established in Sweden, but spread throughout the world, the EPD certification has been issued by Swedish Environmental Management Council, which acts as manager of the International EPD® System, the most successful program for the management of Environmental Product Declarations (whose English acronym is exactly EPD) in accordance with the ISO 14025:06 international standard.

The certification is for 5 of the best Monini Extra Virgin Olive Oils: GranFruttato, Classico, Delicato, BIOS and the PDO Umbria.

Analysts have calculated the environmental performance of the entire life cycle (Life Cycle Assessment, LCA) of our products, taking into account the total consumption of natural resources (water, energy, raw materials) and all emissions into the environment (from CO2 to waste): from crop production to landfill as a result of product packaging. More specifically, the EDP system subjected our 5 oil products to a "calculation of their environmental performance", that begins right from the production of the fertilisers used for olive tree cultivation. Methods of extraction and use of irrigation water, auxiliary materials used during the olive harvest, fuel and electricity used at the farms and olive transport to the press are all important factors in the calculation. Likewise for the rigorous investigation into processing, transport and packaging.

The calculation of course, also includes waste: from product residue to all the packaging components. For each of these stages a table is completed (and published) with all the environmental impacts associated with the product life cycle - from cradle to grave. It goes so far as to calculate the product's impact on global warming and thinning of the ozone layer. The four Monini Extra Virgin olive oils considered, had to meet the tight constraints required by the Managing body and EPD trademark.

The documents obtained by Monini in relation to the EPD can be downloaded directly from the EPD site.