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1 Section 13 Interagency Product Standards and Ecolabels Subgroup Listening Sessions October 2011

2 Agenda Subgroup Objective Subgroup Structure Project Approach Current Guideline Categories 1.Standard Setting 2.Standard Substance 3.Conformity Assessment 4.Program Management 5.Market Issues Implementation Considerations Policy Issues 2

3 3 Buyers can easily find products meeting effective, green standards Verification system against standards Standards, tech assistance, & incentives for green products Environmental/health impact data and tools Effective market infrastructure for green products Lack of widely-accepted “green product” definition & standards Manufacturer uncertainty regarding standards, eco- labeling programs

4 Subgroup Objective Ensure product-related acquisition goals of Executive Order are met through guidelines for selecting product- related environmental sustainability standards and/or ecolabeling programs 4

5 Subgroup Structure Section 13 Interagency Workgroup ↓ Interagency Product Standards and Ecolabels Subgroup – GSA / EPA co-chairs – Includes DOD, DLA, USDA, NIST, NIOSH, VA, NASA, DOC, DOI, and more. 5

6 Project Approach Phase I – Grounding (Oct 2010) Phase II – Draft guideline development (June 2011)  Phase III – Assessment +Revise guidelines (Aug 2011) +Survey standards / eco-label organizations (Sept 2011) +Consultation among Feds (Oct – Nov 2011) +Updates to industry, NGOs (Oct – Nov 2011)  Phase IV – Report + Draft report (Oct – Dec 2011) + Submit to Sec 13 Workgroup (Jan 2012) + Submit to CEQ (Feb 2012) + Fed Register public comment period expected to follow 6

7 TypeNameType of OrganizationStatus DataEcolabel Index FieldsInfo providerVers Principles/ Best practices EPA’s Preferred Characteristics for Standards for Green Products GovernmentInternally developed for Interagency WG Green Products Roundtable: Preferred Practices for Organizational Credibility Multi-stakeholder Consortium Draft, ISEAL Alliance: Credibility PrinciplesStandards Association Draft WWF: “Must-Be” Principles for voluntary standards Environmental NGO Available, 2010 RatingsConsumer Reports: Label Report-CardConsumers Association Available, 2006 NRDC Label Look-up: Leaf Rating Scheme Environmental NGO Available, 2011 Die Verbraucher Initiatieve: Label- online.de rating system Consumers Association Available, Phase II: Sampling of what has influenced/been directly incorporated into the draft guidelines…

8 8 TypeNameType of OrganizationStatus Standards/ Codes ANSI Essential RequirementsStandards Association - US 2010 ISO/IEC Guide 59 – Code of good practice for standardization Standards Association - International 1994 ISO – Environmental labels and declarations – general principles Standards Association - International 2 nd ed ISO – Environmental labels and declarations – Type 1 Environmental Labelling Principles and Procedures Standards Association - International 1999 ISEAL Code for Standard Setting, V5.01Standards Association – International & Voluntary 2010 Phase II: Sampling of what has influenced/been directly incorporated into the draft guidelines, cont.…

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10 Phase II: Guidelines Development 10

11 1. Standard Setting Participation Voting Notification Transparency Consensus Appeals 11

12 Product function / fitness Scientific basis of criteria Life cycle consideration Multi-attribute Hot spots Hazard-based approach Encourage impact and ingredient disclosure 2. Standard Substance 12

13 3. Conformity Assessment Conformity assessment and auditing procedures Transparency Balance of interest Complaints and appeals Independence 13

14 4. Program Management Transparency Balance of interest Complaints and appeals Accessibility Independence 14

15 5. Market Issues Transparency Accessibility Market uptake 15

16 Phase III: Assessment Survey conducted by Big Room, Inc. – Ecolabelindex.com – Currently tracking 432 eco-labels Surveyed mix of private and government programs (see next slide) Draft report provided September 30 – Data and observations – Lessons learned about potential applicability – Recommendations on guidelines revision 16

17 Standards/Ecolabels surveyed to inform the guidelines development… FSCFSC Forest Management, Chain of Custody & recycled Content GreenSeal BIFMALevel SCSFloor Score, Indoor Adv; Sustainable Product; Biodegradable; Other SFI SMARTSustainable Materials Rating Technology (SMaRT) TCO DevelopmentTCO The Carbon Neutral Company Certified Carbon Neutral UL EnvironmentGreenGuard, Ecologo, ULE sustainably certified (i.e., wallboard, doors) GEC/IEEEEPEAT NSF NSF Carpet, Textiles, Wallcoverings, Resilient Flooring, Roofing Membranes EPA/DOEEnergy Star EPAWaterSense EPADFE USDABioBased DOEFEMP Designation Purchasing Specifications EPARecovered Materials Advisory Notices (RMANs)/ CPG 17

18 Implementation Options? (very preliminary) Comparative matrix Get past X bar and the label/std is suitable for fed purchase Graduated benchmarking Tiers of "approval," tied to a decisionmaking hierarchy Government branding Approve a set of labels based on one of the above approaches and "brand" that set as approved for fed purchase (the refined GSA Advantage approach) Federal spend/hotspot Vary procurement strategy by product/sector 18

19 Policy Issues Substance: environmental definitions, weighting? Conformity: third party vs. self declaration? Market: federal leadership vs. market readiness? Implementation: create a list? 19

20 GSA co-chairs Brennan Conaway Joni Teter EPA co-chairs Alison Kinn Bennett Libby Sommer Rita McBride (Communications Coordinator) 20


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