The Italian textile machinery industry has launched a new Green Label certification scheme to try to make it easier for manufacturers to identify the energy and environmental performance of their equipment.

It promarily focuses on the carbon dioxide emissions produced during a machine's operation.

Certification is being carried out by international body RINA, which will test a sample of 20% of the companies taking part in the initiative each year. Of the 34 machinery manufacturers which have used the process, RINA has verified green labels at six of them: Flainox, Itema, Jaeggli, Reggiani, Santoni and Tonello.

"We believe that the certification of our label is an innovative element which ACIMIT has brought to the debate on sustainability for production processes," says Sandro Salmoiraghi, president of the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), which has launched the scheme.

"In the future we'd like to see other European textile machinery associations join us in this project."