Carrara Marmotec 2016, the International Fair of Marble, Technologies and Design will be held May 18 to 21, 2016 in Carrara, Italy. This year a conference highlighting sustainability in the field of natural stone will take place during the fair. The first International Sustainable Stone Conference will be held May 20, 2016. The event hopes to promote the creation of a platform where innovators and businesses can discuss and exchange viewpoints on the issue of a sustainable approach to the stone industry. The discussion will focus on application and demonstration of sustainable solutions and production of raw materials in the construction industry in order to encourage improvements in the supply chain and to reduce environmental, economic and social impact.
The intent of the conference is to stimulate an international debate on methodologies and tools concerning the analysis of the impact of eco-innovation and strategies in current and future scenarios. The objective is to reduce the impact by developing work on topics such as environmental sustainability including, recovery and recycling of waste and sludge resulting from processing systems, saving resources and energy systems, environmental impact assessment systems, management systems and environmental labels; social sustainability including international best practices for the assessment of social impact in the stone industry, methods for the measurement of shared value, innovative approaches in the field of safety and training; and economic sustainability focusing on certification and trademarks, business networks, innovation, creation of local added value and industrial tourism.
You may also be interested in this video about the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard.