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Purchasing represents a significant piece of a company’s budget. In the public sector alone, procurement accounts for around 12 percent of GDP and 29 percent of government expenditure in OECD member countries.
So it makes sense that when considering sustainability initiatives, executives should take purchasing decisions into account.
An ISO standard in the final stages of development aims to help companies with sustainable procurement, and can be applied to all purchases from office supplies to energy providers, caterers and building materials.
ISO 20400, Sustainable procurement – Guidance, has just reached a second draft international standard stage, meaning interested parties can submit feedback via their ISO member on the draft before final publication in 2017.
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Food loss and waste costs businesses billions of dollars each year and it generates about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for the carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten.
This means if food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet behind China and the US.
While many companies have set food waste reduction targets, there hasn’t been a uniform way to measure where and how much food is lost across operations — some consider food that goes to compost as waste; some companies don’t.
A new international standard, launched today at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) Summit 2016, addresses this issue. According to its developers, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Consumer Goods Forum, the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) will create a globally consistent framework for measuring and managing food waste.
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The latest version of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) has been approved for use by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The residential construction standard provides a pathway by which builders and developers may seek third-party green building certification of their new homes, developments and remodeling projects. Many cities and states offer incentives, such as rebates and additional density allowances, to builders and developers whose projects are NGBS-certified.
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Following the new ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard, the revision of its complementary standard, ISO 14004, has reached final draft stage and is slated for release on March 1, 2016.
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- Laundry detergent formulas
- Environmental and health impacts of laundry care products
- Performance testing
- National standards
- Environmental leadership and product stewardship
Joe McCarthy, Lab Services Manager, Dell Tech Laboratories
Joe oversees Dell Tech’s laboratory operations, Ecologo and Green Seal initiatives, product-testing activities as well as spearheading client projects with Environment Canada regarding New Substance Notifications, Trade Secret Applications, Domestic Substance regulations and Natural Health Products. Joe is a trained ISO 17025 Internal Auditor, sits on the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) Cleaning Products Executive Board and is a member of many committees including the International Harmonization Committee, Test & Standard Methods Committee Cleaning Products Scientific Committee.
John Paulun, Communications Manager, PortionPac
John joined PortionPac Chemical Corporation in 2011 and is responsible for third-party product certifications, regulatory compliance issues and the implementation of customer education strategies. Involved in maintaining the fidelity of detergent formulations, he helps to ensure a high standard of quality and performance for PortionPac® detergents throughout the manufacturing process. In addition, John has successfully shepherded numerous PortionPac® products through the rigorous Green Seal certification process. He is also certified by the ManageMen OS(1) Executive Management Program for janitorial operations.
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ISO 14001:2015, which sets out the requirements for an environmental management standard, is one of the world’s most widely used standards and a key business tool for many organizations. With more than 300 000 certificates currently issued around the world, it ranks high on the agenda of many organizations worldwide who place importance on their environmental impact.
A newly revised version has just been published, to ensure it remains relevant to the marketplace. ISO 14001:2015 responds to the latest trends, such as an increasing recognition by companies of the need to factor in both external and internal elements that influence their impact, including climate volatility.
Other key improvements in the new version include:
- A greater commitment from leadership
- An increased alignment with strategic direction
- Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
- More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy
- Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life