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Accredited stamp“Fewer wastes, more clean energy” was the motto of the World Accreditation Day, promoted last June 9th by the International Accreditation Forum (Iaf) and by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (Ilac), the organizations joined by the Accreditation Bodies worldwide, this year dedicated to the efficiency and safety issue in the energy field.  Accredia – the only Italian accreditation Bofy, takes part in the “World Accreditation Day 2014” to focus the attention on the value of the accreditation as instrument to grant the efficiency and the safety of energy flows, to the benefit of Institutions, of enterprises and citizens who consume it every day. Just in these days it is coming into force the new European regulation about fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gas) that confirms the certification requisite, released in Italy by bodies verified by Accredia, for the enterprises and the operators who take care of collection, maintenance and installation  of fluorinated gases on refrigerators, air conditioners, heat pumps etc. In this ambit, in fact, Accredia – upon mandate of the Ministry of the Environment– has already accreditated 36 Bodies, which have certified more than 8,000 enterprises and qualified over 40,000 control operators. Besides, in the energy sector, Accredia has also accreditated 15 Verification Bodies of greenhouse gases (according to the ETS scheme of the European Union, emission trading scheme) that verify the emissions of the Italian Companies that must keep the emissions of CO2 in the atmosphere under control, especially in critical sectors like those of the production of energy, of steel, of chemistry and of refining. This scheme currently covers about 11,000 plants in Europe, which represent about 45% of the total emissions of carbon dioxide. Finally, the only Italian Body of accreditation has started new activities in the ambit of the Carbon Footprint of Product (CFP) or climatic footprint, which measures the overall impact of the product on the global heating, in terms of quantity of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted during its life cycle.