Green Seal’s Environmental Standards & Certification. The Role of Standards Setting Processes: Defining "What is Green?" NPPR Webinar March 5, 2009 Mark T. Petruzzi VP of Certification & Strategic Relations [email protected] About Green Seal, Inc.
The Role of Standards Setting Processes: Defining "What is Green?"
NPPR Webinar March 5, 2009
Mark T. Petruzzi
VP of Certification & Strategic Relations
Run by organizations without conflicts of interest
Standards process that involves stakeholders & the public
Criteria, assumptions, methods & data used are open & transparent (i.e., publicly available, easily accessed & understandable)
Legally protected mark
Criteria based on product/service lifecycle
Open access to licensees of all sizes, all countries
Authority to inspect manufacturing facility or service location
Criteria that encourage products & services that are significantly less damaging to the environment (i.e., leadership, usually top 15-25% in category)
Periodic review of criteria, considering technology & marketplaceCommonalities Among Guidelines
* where appropriate
No substantive difference in Green Seal’s standard-setting procedures with one exception -
Why? Recognition that consensus is a reasonable expectation for certain types of standards (e.g., test methodologies, management/process standards, rating systems), whereas leadership environmental standards (e.g., life-cycle standards that a majority of products cannot meet) may find it difficult to achieve without “weakening” the standard.
* joint EcoLogo standard
** under development, see www.greenseal.org
*** under revision, see www.greenseal.org