Workshop #3.1: Green Sustainability Credentials through the climate change and environment related international standards

Trainer: Dr. Karampasis Ioannis, Chairman of the Board, Green Evolution

 

Mission

Climate Change and Environment related considerations provide the basis for the creation of new regulatory frameworks.

These “lead” towards a necessity for reducing respective harmful and damaging impacts, and at the same time they are been used as Drivers and Incentives for Innovation, Competitiveness and Sustainable Business Operation, Growth and Development. Related International Standards [Climate change and Environment related Standards – CCES] have been developed to allow for the (i) quantification of these impacts, (ii) their claimed reductions, (iii) their verification and (iv) the proper means for the subsequent declarations.

Organisations and Companies that succeed in complying with such CCES standards are allowed to accordingly label their operation, services, products and brands as responsible and sustainable proving them not only with a differentiation qualification bur also a means to avoid non-tariff [technological] barriers.

In addition a brief overview will be presented on the recent developments put forward by the European Commission towards a single market for green sustainable products through the new European Standards about product and organisation environmental footprint [PEF and OEF] (draft ) which will allow for a unifying integral approach towards green sustainability credentials.

Target group

The Workshop concerns any organization and company of any size and operating in any sector, interested or in need for sustainable operation and for the prospect of sustainable development. It is directly addressed to:

  1. Any organisation and company looking towards expanding their business and exporting their activities and products
  2. Those that consider – wish to develop a step-wise sustainability oriented plan based on metrics and cost-benefit considerations, or
  3. Are implementing CSR activities

It is adequate for persons in an organisation or company that are engaged either in strategic, managerial or technical level in this new business operation framework.

Training results

The workshop provides an understanding on these new business orientations and the subsequent recent developments in the related standards and operating frameworks. The workshop provides a clear understanding on the impact these issues have to business operation and the available means to comply with such contemporary business – industry related requirements, and the benefits organization and companies gain out of them all of which fall within the scope of Competitiveness and Sustainability through Innovation.

Draft Agenda

  • Introduction
  • Issues and the trends in the corresponding frameworks, polices, regulations and practices
  • Existing standards
    • For calculating the carbon footprint ISO 14067: 2012, BSI PAS 2050:2011 and secondarily the corresponding GHG Product Life Cycle Standard – WBCSD / WRI, The carbon footprint of products & services
    • ISO 14046 Water footprint
    • ISO 14025, Environmental product declaration, as a basis for carbon footprint, Environmental labels and declarations
  • EC initiative on Environment Footprint Standards
    • Product Environmental footprint
    • Organisation Environmental footprint
  • ISO 14040 and 14044:2006 Environmental management — Life cycle assessment and the carbon footprint [Product Lifecycle]
  • The needed discussion:
    • The international [CCES] standards in the regulatory and legal framework for sustainability and sustainable development
    • Corporate Social Responsibility, GRI-G4 and CSR reporting: Climate Change and Environmental Aspects and the relation to the [ CCES ] standards
    • The issues and the trends in the corresponding business operation frameworks and practices