Ecolabelling standards released for public comment
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
As one of Australia’s private and independent standard developers, National Standards has issued for public comments a series of Standards on the labelling and declaration of the environmental attributes of building products that covers ecolabelling, environmental product declarations and design tools. “This is a major step for National Standards” commented Herve Michoux, the CEO of National Standards.
“After years of development by National Standards Committee PP-20 with the participation and involvement of a large range of stakeholders across the Committee and its Subcommittees and Working Groups, National Standards is very pleased to issue these draft standards” stated Peter Walsh who is the Chair of Committee PP-20. “Australia does not have a national system to ensure there is consistent assessment, reporting and rating of environmental attributes in the building products sector and this has led to confusion and inconsistency resulting in a devaluation of ecolabelling in the marketplace. This is a significant weakness as all of the standards currently contain different criteria and how conformity to criteria is assessed” said Peter Walsh. “The proposed NS 11XXXseries of standards aims to correct this and provide Australia with a national framework, where all stakeholders can participate in the development and application of Standards. “We believe this also help regulators have confidence in the consistency and governance of the sector” added Herve Michoux.
“While incorporating the life cycle assessment methodologies developed by industry stakeholders through the Building Products Innovation Council’s (BPIC) Building Products Life Cycle Inventory (BP LCI) project, Committee PP-20 was very careful to make sure that the standards being developed for Australia refer to and are consistent with international standards and initiatives. This is important as more and more building products are sourced from or have components sourced from non-Australian suppliers and the marketplace needs to be able to understand various claims of environmental performance within a complex industry” commented Amy Luscombe the Project Manager of Committee PP-20. “We are now seeking comment on these draft standards from the users of ecolabels and building products, as well as the broader community” added Amy Luscombe.
The public comment phase is open until the 30 April 2013 and we will welcome comments and input. Stakeholders can register (free) to download the documents at www.NationalStandards.com.au/draftdocuments
Contact National Standards Pty Ltd on 02 9886 0233 or NationalStandards.com.au