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Section 13 Interagency Product Standards and Ecolabels Subgroup. Listening Sessions October 2011. Agenda. Subgroup Objective Subgroup Structure Project Approach Current Guideline Categories Standard Setting Standard Substance Conformity Assessment Program Management Market Issues

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section 13 interagency product standards and ecolabels subgroup

Section 13 Interagency Product Standards and EcolabelsSubgroup

Listening Sessions

October 2011

agenda
Agenda
  • Subgroup Objective
  • Subgroup Structure
  • Project Approach
  • Current Guideline Categories
    • Standard Setting
    • Standard Substance
    • Conformity Assessment
    • Program Management
    • Market Issues
  • Implementation Considerations
  • Policy Issues
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Effective market infrastructure for green products

Buyers caneasily find products meeting effective, green standards

Lack of widely-accepted “green product” definition & standards

Manufacturer uncertainty regarding standards, eco-labeling programs

Verification system against standards

Standards, tech assistance, & incentives for green products

Environmental/health impact data and tools

subgroup objective
Subgroup Objective
  • Ensure product-related acquisition goals of Executive Order 13514are met through guidelines for selecting product-related environmental sustainability standards and/or ecolabeling programs
subgroup structure
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.
project approach
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
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Phase II: Sampling of what has influenced/been directly incorporated into the draft guidelines…

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Phase II: Sampling of what has influenced/been directly incorporated into the draft guidelines, cont.…

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Phase II: Sampling of what has influenced/been directly incorporated into the draft guidelines, cont.…

1 standard setting
1. Standard Setting
  • Participation
  • Voting
  • Notification
  • Transparency
  • Consensus
  • Appeals
2 standard substance
2. Standard Substance
  • Product function / fitness
  • Scientific basis of criteria
  • Life cycle consideration
  • Multi-attribute
  • Hot spots
  • Hazard-based approach
  • Encourage impact and ingredient disclosure
3 conformity assessment
3. Conformity Assessment
  • Conformity assessment and auditing procedures
  • Transparency
  • Balance of interest
  • Complaints and appeals
  • Independence
4 program management
4. Program Management
  • Transparency
  • Balance of interest
  • Complaints and appeals
  • Accessibility
  • Independence
5 market issues
5. Market Issues
  • Transparency
  • Accessibility
  • Market uptake
phase iii assessment
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
implementation options very preliminary
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
policy issues
Policy Issues
  • Substance: environmental definitions, weighting?
  • Conformity: third party vs. self declaration?
  • Market: federal leadership vs. market readiness?
  • Implementation: create a list?
questions
Questions?

GSA co-chairs

Brennan Conaway

brennan.conaway@gsa.gov

Joni Teter

joni.teter@gsa.gov

EPA co-chairs

Alison Kinn Bennett

kinn.alison@epa.gov

Libby Sommer

sommer.elizabeth@epa.gov

Rita McBride (Communications Coordinator)

rita.mcbride@gsa.gov