The University of Udine’s Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture is at the forefront, working with Euro&Promos, a Friuli-based company that is one of the most important national players in the facility management sector, to identify working methods and techniques that can make an effective contribution to the surface disinfection process and at the same time find solutions with a lower impact on emissions and the environment.
The academic research phase is combined with field experimentation, made possible thanks to an agreement with the Friuli-based company’s “Research and Development” division, which manages sites all over Italy, in large industrial and public buildings, as well as in health and hospital facilities.
Euro&Promos has hundreds of collaborators who operate on a daily basis throughout Italy, using sanitising products that comply with the Ministry of Health Circular and the ISS Reports (61%-71% ethyl alcohol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide and 0.1% sodium hypochlorite, active chlorine for at least one minute).
The working group is coordinated by Professor Alfredo Soldati and Professor Cristian Marchioli. The aim of the research is to define a sanitisation procedure, certain and validated by scientific processes, that ensures the effectiveness of the result, while guaranteeing the environmental sustainability of the service.
“Sanitisation and disinfection processes,” explain the university professors, “involve complex mechanisms of atomization, atomisation, evaporation and deposition of the detergent product. These mechanisms have a crucial impact on the efficiency of sanitisation and its environmental impact”.
The cleaning and sanitising sector has regained importance and centrality with the pandemic, as confirmed by the budgets of the players in a sector that during the health emergency provided essential services for the continuation of the work of companies and public offices.
In June 2021 the new “Minimum Environmental Criteria for the contracting of cleaning and sanitising services in buildings and environments for civil and sanitary use and for detergent products” came into force at national level, requiring companies to purchase and use detergents with more stringent formulations in terms of environmental and health protection.
Euro&Promos works with an approach that aims to combine economic growth prospects with ethical and social ones, with a particular focus on sustainability.
“The collaboration with the University of Udine has the ambitious goal of finding innovative, technologically advanced and validated solutions to combine the need for sanitization with the preservation of the environment. We have always believed in research, and we do this by supporting our in-house “Research and Development” department, which employs professionals of the highest level”.
“In order to guarantee effective and environmentally sustainable sanitisation, we need a clear understanding of the physical processes involved and, therefore, the use of advanced analysis tools. However, this is not enough: close collaboration between research laboratories and operators in the sector, such as that between Euro&Promos and the University of Udine, is essential to ensure the necessary transfer of knowledge and experience in the field.” The University concludes.
Euro&Promos recently obtained the Carbon Footprint certification, the study measured the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly or indirectly by sanitary, civil and industrial cleaning services.