Ernestomeda and the Environment

The Ernestomeda Environment Project

Ernestomeda has established EMvironment, the project intended to reinforce a responsible, active corporate attitude to the environment. Genuine sustainable industrial development, achieved step by step.


Product circularity

Years of responsible corporate policies and constant hard work to minimise waste have enabled Ernestomeda to achieve impressive results over time, such as the important milestone of the development of a truly circular production system. Ernestomeda is one of Italy’s first fitted kitchen manufacturers to obtain this certification, issued by notified body Cosmob, which has published its own operating regulations “Cosmob Qualitas Praemium – Evaluation of product Circularity”, an invaluable auditing tool in accordance with the UNI EN ISO 14021 standard.

To be defined as truly efficient, a production process must be able to optimise the product’s functions, guarantee its circularity and reduce its environmental impact, by ensuring that the resources used in the process will subsequently be made available for reuse.

Product circularity is assessed through the measurement (balance of matter) of the resources used for the manufacture of an eco-sustainable product. In Ernestomeda’s case, this involved testing of all its furnishings, in the various structure and finish variants, and specifically of units with veneered, laminate, lacquered and glass doors, and the different components, on the basis of a series of indicators that provide an overview of the type of input materials and the destination of the output materials.

The circularity measurement performed and certified by Cosmob on Ernestomeda products yielded excellent results, with up to 99% reuse.

The following infographic refers to the calculation of the circularity on the cabinet with veneered door.

Ernestomeda and photovoltaic power

Thanks to our constantly forward-looking approach to business, we have become SELF-SUFFICIENT IN ENERGY. With a roof area of 16,000 SQUARE METRES OF PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS installed on our factory building, our PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER PLANT has a generation capacity of 1.2 MWP and enables us to AVOID THE EMISSION of about 722,160 kg of carbon dioxide a year, the quantity absorbed by 93,800 trees. The plant converts solar energy into electrical current that can be used directly to power industrial operations. Photovoltaic power technology is based on the properties of a number of materials, such as silicon, which are capable of capturing the energy the sun emits onto the Earth. Our plant which generates electricity on the photovoltaic principle has several advantages, such as reduction of pollutant emissions and very high reliability. What’s more, the panel-clad surfaces reduce the impact of weather and minimise heat transferral, helping to increase the temperature inside the building during the winter and reduce the use of air-conditioners in summer. At the times of year when solar energy is lowest, meaning that the amount of electricity produced in-house by the photovoltaic system decreases, we also use green energy generated from renewable sources.

UNI EN ISO 14001

Commitment to reducing energy consumption and atmospheric emissions, management of waste and noise pollution. Our respect for the environment drives us to improve every day, in the attempt to gradually reduce our impact on the planet we live on. A responsible attitude we have always had, crowned since 2004 by the Environmental Management System Certification under the UNI EN ISO 14001 standard. This Certification confirms our genuine commitment to reducing environmental impact in terms of products, processes and services and the reliability of the Environmental Management System Ernestomeda applies.

Ernestomeda kitchens are LEED Compliant

Fitted kitchens or other furnishings are considered Leed Compliant when they are manufactured from materials with low emissions of volatile compounds, formaldehyde first and foremost. Ernestomeda kitchens comply with the LEED prerequisite for indoor pollution (Commercial Interior - IEQ Credit 4.5 “Low-emitting materials - systems furniture and seating”). Leed is the acronym of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, developed in the United States by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Indoor hi-quality guarantees that Ernestomeda kitchens comply with standards concerning low indoor pollutant emissions, as also certified by Cosmob, Italy’s only accredited laboratory for the measurement of the emissions of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) used in the furniture and fitted kitchen manufacturing process. For Ernestomeda, being Leed Compliant is a major achievement for the safety of the kitchen and people, and is also a guarantee for those who design and construct buildings to environmental sustainability criteria.


For the carcases of its kitchen furnishings, Ernestomeda uses IDROLEB, the exclusive environment-friendly, extremely water-repellent panel with the LOWEST FORMALDEHYDE EMISSIONS. The environment-friendly panel is made from >100% post-consumption woodIdroleb is thus a fine example of environmental conservation combined with safeguards for people’s health. Its formaldehyde emission values are actually below the limits set by the Japanese F**** regulation, the world’s strictest. State-of-the-art technology and all the warmth and elegance of wood, without damaging the environment.

Webcam and data updated to 22/10/2021

CO2 emissions avoided
Equivalent trees
Energy produced from April 30st 2011

Environment-friendly habits in the kitchen:

Check that your gas hob is adjusted correctly: a yellow flame means excessive gas consumption, while if the flame detaches from the burner cap, there is too much air. Always call in skilled staff for any adjustments.
When purchasing, choose appliances with high energy efficiency (e.g. class A+); you will optimise your initial investment thanks to substantial energy savings, meaning less financial outlay in the future.
When using heating and air-conditioning systems, ensure thermostat settings are proportional to outdoor temperatures. You will make significant cost savings without reducing the level of comfort inside your home.
Light your home using modern, high-efficiency lamps (fluorescent or LED). Although the initial outlay is slightly higher, they will bring you financial savings in the long term.
When heating foods, a microwave oven is preferable to a conventional one: since it does not need warming up, it provides large energy savings.
Remember to switch off televisions (or other similar appliances) using the master switch; appliances of this kind keep consuming energy even when in standby mode.

Environment-friendly habits in the kitchen:

Prefer products in recycled or easily recyclable packaging, such as those made from just one material.
Try to organise your waste collection system as well as possible, separating each type of waste (for example aluminium, paper, plastic, glass, wet waste, etc.).
If you have a garden or a large balcony, use organic and green waste to make compost for your flowers.
Compact bulky waste when possible (bottles, tins, boxes, cans).

Environment-friendly habits in the kitchen:

Check that taps are in good condition to prevent water leaks. If you use taps with antisplash nozzles and change the nozzles regularly you will cut consumption considerably.
Never exceed producers’ recommended doses of detergents and use the right type of detergent for the hardness of the water.
Only use dishwashers and washing-machines with full loads; this will reduce unnecessary water and energy consumption.

At the end of your kitchen's life cycle

All Ernestomeda products are designed and built to last over time. By increasing the product's lifetime, Ernestomeda reduces the consumption of materials and energy needed to replace it, and encourages a culture of sustainable development. And when the time comes to replace your kitchen, consider the possibility of:
reusing some or all of it, for example in a holiday home
taking it to a “garage sale”, or donating it to charity
contacting the specialist disposal centres in your town
If it has to be scrapped, if possible, try to separate the various components of the kitchen (wood, glass, aluminium, etc.) and recycle them through separate disposal, giving the materials new life and preventing the use of primary resources.
Special care must also be taken over electric and electronic equipment (so-called WEEE), such as appliances, which must be disposed of correctly because they might contain substances damaging to the environment.
In all cases, it is always important to be familiar with the specific legislation in your country, and contact the waste disposal and recycling authorities if in doubt.
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