WITH A LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Porcelain stoneware by Coem is not only an excellent alternative to natural materials derived from increasingly impactful quarrying activities, but offers innovative and technological design solutions to promote sustainable and cosy home living.
We develop specific programmes that help us reduce the impacts of all our activities: from the way tiles are produced, to logistical organisation, to distribution.
Today, owing to our many years of experience, we are able to produce porcelain stoneware with high environmental performance and excellent technical and aesthetic characteristics, ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications.
HEALTHY AND SAFE
Easy to clean and hygienic, Coem ceramics contribute to improving the quality and safety of indoor spaces, without neglecting their design and visual appeal.
They are composed of materials that can be categorised as “low emission” as they do not emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that are harmful to human health.
Up-to-date, high-performance production plants that adopt the best available environmental technologies, the use of digital technology, and the development of automations in line with Industry 4.0 have enabled us to keep our consumptions under control, guaranteeing the ecological footprint of our products.
A PORCELAIN STONEWARE THAT IS UP TO 99.9% ANTIBACTERIAL
SICURA is the name of the innovative antibacterial technology based on the use of a special biocide additive consisting mainly of silver ions, integrated in the production process. This confers an antibacterial action to ceramic surfaces that works around the clock, inhibiting the proliferation of bacteria by up to 99.9% and effectively combats the formation of unpleasant odours.
The antibacterial property of SICURA products remains effective for the entire life of the product and does not require exposure to UV rays to be activated.
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS TO TO IMPROVE THE PLACES
WE LIVE IN
Coem monitors the environmental impacts of its products during all phases of their life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to their disposal, including processing, distribution and use.
Our porcelain stoneware tiles assure excellent energy performance and good thermal insulation, thanks also to their high light refraction index. This means that they can help reduce the ``heat island`` effect (the difference in the thermal gradient between urban and suburban areas) and consequently reduce the effects on the microclimate, human living spaces and wildlife.
Coem's GresX2 outdoor surfaces with a thickness of 2 cm can be laid dry, which means the tiles can be applied directly to the ground without the use of screeds, mortar or adhesives.
Many of our tiles contain between 20% and 40% of recycled material and industrial waste.
Thanks to advanced technologies Coem also produces anti-slip ceramic surfaces to protect people in public and private spaces.
REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS WHILE PROTECTING PRODUCT INTEGRITY
In 2021, specific CO2emissions associated with energy consumption were 6% lower compared to the previous year.
Keeping emissions to a minimum is a primary objective of ours, pursued through constant maintenance and updating of our plants to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact in the production of porcelain stoneware that maintains excellent technical and aesthetic characteristics.
In order to comply with Directive 2003/87/EC (ETS - Emission Trading Scheme),, since 2013 Coem has annually reported, certified and declared the CO2 emissions of its production plants.
Coem also monitors atmospheric emissions of other substances generated by its production activities and by the chemical reactions that take place during the firing process, such as Dust, Fluorine, Lead, Aldehydes, SOV, NOX. The company significantly reduces its emissions by using filtering systems that comply with the best available technology in the industry and by servicing these systems regularly. Abatement systems not only limit emissions outdoors, but also keep indoor workplaces healthy and safe.
For applications and decorations, we choose lead-free products and inks with a low odour impact. Depending on the pollutant, we discharge only 0.3%-14% of the authorised emissions into the atmosphere, further reducing the total emissions by 99.7%-86% with respect to the authorised emissions.
THE TERRITORY'S BIODIVERSITY BY FAVOURING LOCAL RESOURCES
Our porcelain stoneware is made from a blend of natural raw materials combined with a high recycled content. Coem sources its raw materials from quarries that follow a programme aimed at restoring the landscape and vegetation in line with environmental directives, in order to safeguard the biodiversity of the area, with preference given to local raw materials within a radius of 800 km.
WASTE MATERIALS IN PRODUCTION
A total of 93 per cent of production process waste is recycled internally and only 7 per cent is collected and recycled externally by authorised companies, thus significantly reducing the use of virgin raw materials.
Our plants, where the process for preparing the ceramic body also takes place, are able to recover internally, through dedicated plants, raw and cooked rejects, aqueous suspensions, and sludge generated by our own production or from external suppliers. The aqueous suspensions and sludge can be used as is and fed into the mills for dough production, or undergo a purification process by separating the solid part from the liquid part through sedimentation and filter pressing.
The purified water is returned to the production cycle and can be reused several times for washing departments and for recycling within the mills in the production of ceramic body.
To dispose of porcelain stoneware at the end of its life cycle, Coem uses companies authorised to recover inert waste from excavation and demolition materials. Once treated, porcelain stoneware can be reused in backfilling excavations for laying pipelines, consolidating soil and making substrates and roadbeds.