The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages standards developing organizations (SDOs), industry, nonprofit groups, academia, and all other interested parties to submit feedback in connection with this call for comments [see related article].
As part of its work to develop the draft guidelines, the EPA examined requests for guidance on issues related to ecolabels and product environmental performance standards and carried out related listening sessions, some in conjunction with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). ANSI hosted a webinar in November 2011 as part of this feedback-gathering process [see related article].
The EPA's draft guidelines cover procedures for the development of environmental performance standards for products, the criteria for environmental preferability associated with a given standard or ecolabel and rules for related conformity assessment, and general management and organizational practices associated with ecolabeling programs. The guidelines are intended to help federal agencies implement sustainable acquisition rules - mandated by executive order and federal regulations - that require 95% of the U.S. government's applicable purchases to be sustainable.
The EPA is particularly interested in stakeholders' responses to the following questions related to the proposed guidelines:
Comments must be received by April 25 and must include docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2013-0579. Comments may be submitted via www.regulations.gov, or by mail or delivery. More information about submitting comments is available online.
The full draft guidelines and the EPA's original Federal Register call for comments are both available online.