Annual Report 2020



We were ready to perform remote audits within just a couple of weeks and made use of webinars and other remote tools to adapt to a world in lockdown.


Biosafety Trust certification  

In April 2020, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and to help restart economic activity RINA devised the Biosafety Trust Certification, the first management system certification aimed at the prevention and mitigation of the spread of infections in public places and to provide greater health safety. The management system provides a set of best practices to help minimize the risks of spreading epidemics in crowded places such as public transport, entertainment and sporting venues (restaurants, theaters, gyms, museums, swimming pools), accommodation facilities (hotels, congress centers, cruise ships) and healthcare structures. The Certification was awarded to several organizations, among which Aeroporti di Roma, Anek Lines, Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa, Costa Cruises, Ferretti Group and Minoan Lines.

Tinfrut Sicily  

RINA was awarded a three-year project at the end of 2020 for the validation of the Sicilian tropical fruits supply chain by means of the standardization of farming operations, harvest, post-harvest, storage aimed at transformation and marketing of innovative products. The project includes creation of technical documents, such as product specifications and regulations, to transfer know-how to Sicilian farms and agri-food companies in terms of farming operations, machines and industrial plants for process and product innovation.

The project aims to develop agronomic and product packaging techniques for environmental sustainability; to maintain the high quality of tropical fruits grown in Sicily, and to limit losses due to rapid deterioration of products during handling, transport, storage and into the cold supply chain.

New PDO and PGI products    

The number of products with Geographical Indication reached 61, through the acquisition of the authorization for the “Colatura di Alici di Cetara” PDO and Culuorgionis d’Ogliastra PGI.

National Aquaculture Quality System mark  

RINA obtained the authorization from the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies to certify the National Aquaculture Quality System mark aimed at promoting sustainability, quality and food safety of fish production.

Puglia Region zero-kilometre mark  

We obtained of the project promoted by the Puglia Region for the definition of a specification aimed at issuing the "Puglia Km0" mark. The project intends to enhance agricultural and agri-food, forestry, aquaculture, and zero-kilometre fishing products, promoting their consumption and marketing and ensuring consumers have adequate information on their origin and specificity.


During 2020, RINA obtained the accreditation to certify local producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products in Romania.

RINA filed and submitted the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) to the EU for the Pită de Pecica, a Romanian round bread, roasted directly on hearth, specific to the town of Pecica in Arad County.

We also obtained the extension of Global Gap to flowers and ornamental part, covering propagation material, soil and substrate management, fertilizer use, plant protection product, harvesting and post-harvest treatments.

Sustainable procurement  

The international standard ISO 20400 defines guidelines for the integration of social responsibility in policy and procurement processes of an organization. In 2020, RINA verified the application of ISO 20400 by Selcom, Noberasco and Societa’ Appalti Costruzioni.

Mulino Bianco - Barilla bakery    

RINA is the certifying body that checks both compliance with the requirements of the ISCC PLUS scheme and compliance with the rules of the Carta del Mulino at the Mulino Bianco - Barilla bakery wheat supply chain. In 2020, the project involved 5 Barilla factories, 15 mills, 7 buying and selling operators, 57 storage centres, 1500 farmers.

Bio and/or Recycled Content Certification  

In 2020, RINA certified the sustainability of products based on their bio and/or recycled content of plastics and rubbering in packaging film and labels, raw materials and intermediate products in accordance with ISCC PLUS scheme for organizations including:

  • Snips Srl and its supply chain for bottles and food containers
  • Vibac Spa for 2 Polypropylene (BOPP) Films plants in Italy
  • Eni spa for the production of HVO-Naphta for use in the petrochemical industry as raw material for the production of ethylene, propylene and butadiene
  • Giovanardi Giancarlo srl for household products and optical glasses frames
  • Plasticos Reca S.A. for foils, films in polyethylene
  • Shanghai Yulu Plastic Tech Co., Ltd and Dong Guan Essentia Industries Ltd for household products

At the end of 2020, RINA started the certification of five Versalis plants in Brindisi, Porto Marghera, Mantua, Ferrara and Ravenna. Versalis' certified products include monomers and intermediates such as ethylene, propylene, benzene, styrene, butadiene, and polymers such as polyethylene, styrenes, and elastomers (obtained in 2021).

Dong Guan Essentia Industries Ltd  

The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS supports circular economy and bioeconomy by offering a certification that promotes an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production.

Between October and November 2020, RINA completed its first ISCC PLUS project in China for Dong Guan Essentia Industries Ltd. The company uses tritan copolyesters from Eastman to produce milk cups and bottles. The tritan copolyesters are made from up to 50% recycled waste plastics which satisfy FDA food grade requirements. Through RINA’s certification, the organization can demonstrate the successful adoption of a more sustainable and environmentally friendly material in their products to the government, customers and other stakeholders.

Biomethane Certification  

Starting in Italy with the certification of Montello, RINA issued the sustainability certification for biomethane obtained from the anaerobic digestion of the Organic Fraction of Urban Solid Waste (OFURW) and is now recognised as a leader in this sector. In 2020 RINA certified 13 organizations for biomethane sustainability, the majority obtained from OFURW, but also from agro-food processing residues such as grape marc and wine lees processing residues, sewage sludge and landfill. New certifications are on-going.

Verification of Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Bottega Veneta 

In 2020, RINA verified that the greenhouse gas emission inventory of Bottega Veneta for 2018 complied with the requirements of ISO 14064-1 “Greenhouse gases - Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals”.

Validation of Enel X’s E-mobility emissions saving tool  

In 2020, RINA validated the e-mobility emissions saving algorithm used by Enel X to calculate the CO2 savings generated by the electrification of the circulating fleet achieved by switching from heat to electricity. It also validated an algorithm for pollutant savings (NOx, PMx) generated by the distribution of public and private charging stations in the area.

Validation of CDM Program of Activities/projects in Africa  

In 2020, RINA contributed to global carbon offset and long-term sustainable development by validating three new carbon offsetting projects, promoted by the World Bank under the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM Mechanism in Africa:

  • Ethiopia Off-Grid Renewable Energy Program, DBE Off-grid renewable energy solar home system, CPA 1DBE Off-grid renewable energy solar lamps CPA
  • Accelerating electrification through grid extension and off-grid electrification in rural areas of Uganda
  • Clean Cooking Energy Program, Ethiopia Domestic Biogas Plants.

The CDM Mechanism is a carbon offset scheme which allows companies to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out their own carbon footprints.

AEA SRL (Gruppo Loccioni) Sustainable Bond Framework Validation  

AEA SRL (Gruppo Loccioni) prepared a Sustainable Bond Framework under which it intends to issue sustainable bonds to finance or refinance projects with social and green purposes together. RINA validated the framework to enable issue of an independent “Second Party Opinion” on the sustainability of the sustainable projects financed and the management of the Green Bond Framework. RINA validated the AEA Green Bond Framework for compliance with the Green and Social Bond Principles issued by the International Capital Market Association in 2018, the United Nations’ 2015 Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and the 2010 ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Guidelines.

ISO 26000 for Marcegaglia Carbon Steel  

The Italian industrial group, Marcegaglia, a leading player in Europe and worldwide in the transformation of steel, requested RINA to verify the application of the ISO 26000 standard for the company Marcegaglia Carbon Steel, which manufactures flat products (coils, strips, sheets), both carbon and pre-painted (PPGI) steel, and carbon steel welded tubes. This follows a previous verification carried out in 2018.

Anti-bribery development  

During 2020, RINA acquired many important certification contracts for ISO37001 “anti-bribery certification” with public companies in Romania and becoming national leader in that field.

  • CNI – Compania Nationala de Investiti is the largest public developer in Romania and is under the control of the Romanian Government. Founded in 2001, it is also known as the National Investment Company (CNI).
  • APIA – Agenţia de Plăţi şi Intervenţie pentru Agricultură, operates under the subordination Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Since 1 January 2007, it has been running European funds for the implementation of support measures financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF).
  • Nuclearelettrica –ran under the authority of the Ministry of Energy. Its main fields of activity are the production of electricity, heat and nuclear fuel. The company also coordinates the investment-development works, as well as the training and improvement activities of the human resources in the field.
  • Rasirom - operate under the coordination of the Romanian Intelligence Service and is an integrator of physical security and computer security solutions. Its main objectives are the cyber and physical security of national and European critical infrastructures, as well as the provision of national objectives of strategic interest.
European Environmental Technology Verification Program (EU-ETV)  

In 2020, RINA successfully verified three innovative technologies in the ETV technology area for water treatment & monitoring, two in Italy and one in Spain. With three verification statements issued and published on the ETV website, RINA was the most prolific ETV-accredited verification body in 2020 in Europe. RINA further started a collaboration with the LIFE project (LIFEproETV), aimed at promoting ETV in the EU market to support uptake of new environmental technologies for the benefit of reducing the environmental impact of EU SMEs, industries and public sector.

CE Marking Services according to PED Directive for KT Kinetics Technology 

In 2020, RINA was involved as Notified Body for CE Marking Services according to PED Directive on four Heaters to be supplied into Borealis Refinery in Kallo (Belgium). The project introduced an innovative approach to perform inspections with inspection activities relevant to the hydraulic test of the convection modules performed in two steps: a first in a workshop in Spain and the second in a workshop Turkey, both carried out remotely. As Notified Body, RINA performed inspections remotely, to carry out visual checks of coils, pressure gauge settings, dimension deviations and test performance. This approach allowed RINA to to minimize travel and protect the health and safety of its surveyors during the pandemic.

Certification of bridges, viaducts and infrastructures’ inspectors  

This proprietary certification, created by RINA three years ago, has passed the milestone of 1,000 certified inspectors. The certification scheme has become recognized standard in Italy for verifying and validating the skills of professionals operating in the infrastructure construction sector. It will be further specialized during of 2021 to include remote inspection skills and the use of drones.

Banedanmark modernisation project    

The Banedanmark modernisation project is a part of the Electrification Program (EP) and is intended to upgrade the power supply on the already electrified lines. To achieve this goal two new feeder stations (TSS) will be built, two stations will be rebuilt, two stations will be upgraded with forced cooling and 8 new neutral sections will be established. This means that the requirements of the CSM ‐ RA process will be verified by RINA because the change must be assessed by an Assessment Body (AsBo). In addition, RINA will verify the requirements against TSI ENE for the distribution stations as a Notified Body (NoBo).

Independent safety assessment for CRRC ZHUZHOU  

In April 2020 RINA was awarded an important contract from CRRC ZHUZHOU, one of the most important rolling stock manufacturers worldwide. The project consists in the Independent Safety Assessment of the whole fleet, 44-trains, to be supplied by CRRC to the municipality of Istanbul. The trains will be operated in the new airport Metro line with a maximum operation speed of 120 km/h. RINA technical services cover all aspects from the design stage to manufacturing, testing and commissioning, hence all project stages up to revenue service. The complexity of the project is augmented by the split of the manufacturing between China and Turkey, 60% of localization in Turkey, and the operation mode that will be fully automated (driverless).

Signalling On-Board subsystem “core” certification for Angelstar    

RINA was appointed by Angelstar as Notified Body, according to the European Directive for Interoperability 2016/797 and the related Technical Specification for Interoperability for Control-Command and Signalling sector, and as Independent Safety Assessor, according to the CENELEC railway safety norms EN50126, EN50128, EN50129 and EN50159, for the certification of the European Signalling Systems developed for operating in Hungary, Poland, Switzerland and Italy. The aim of RINA’s activities is to certify the signalling On-Board subsystem “core” part constituted by the ETCS On-Board, the Odometry Equipment and the STM Modules for the operation on railway lines equipped with both the European signalling system and legacy National signalling Systems. Each project involves design review, test witnessing sessions, the effectiveness of the test campaigns evaluation, and audits to guarantee that all the vehicles where the On-Board Subsystem is installed are safe, interoperable all over the European Community. New exciting challenges are expected for 2021 with projects that are starting in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.