Toward Product Standards for Sustainability
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With the support of
the Environmental Protection Agency, the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) organized the first ANSI Workshop
Toward Product Standards for
Sustainability to focus on issues related to sustainability and
environmental performance standards for products.
The workshop offered a neutral venue where all interested stakeholders can engage in discussions that will support and facilitate the timely development, promulgation, and use of standards to address sustainability issues related to products.
240 individuals attended in person during the two-day workshop, and nearly 100 more participated by teleconference and webinar.
The topics of discussion at the workshop included the following:
The Standards Development Process
- Discussion of the various approaches to standards development
- Does the development process affect market viability of the standard
(e.g., stakeholder engagement, manufacturing, education/training, update of
standards by purchasing communities)?
Characteristics of a Robust & Effective Product Standard for Sustainability
- What type of guidance would be most valuable in steering the
development of credible product standards that address sustainability
issues? From whom?
- What are the most important attributes to consider with respect to the
development of product standards that consider/address sustainability? How are these different attributes being
weighted? How should they be?
- How or to what degree should LCA and risk/hazard assessment issues be
- How do you ensure that there are measurable environmental and societal
- What is most needed to help increase the creation of credible and
robust product standards that consider/address sustainability?
Please view the agenda
Interested stakeholders that represent standards developing organizations, consortia and other forums, industry, government and consumers participated in the workshop. Members of the media were also in attendance.
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