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ANSI and EPA Partner to Launch Educational Project on Standardization and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

Washington, DC, Dec 02, 2003

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has developed a presentation to introduce all ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers to the topic of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP).

EPP is a federal-wide program that encourages and assists executive agencies in the purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services. These are “products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.”

“There is a significant demand, as initiated by government action, for environmentally preferable products,” explained David Karmol, ANSI vice-president for public policy and government affairs. “Environmentally Preferable Purchasing is an innovative way to incorporate into purchasing decisions the consideration of a product’s impact on the environment. This project will help to explain the many benefits available to standards developing organizations (SDOs) and corporations that work to meet the demand for EPP.”

The PowerPoint slideshow is freely available from ANSI Online and will provide information on how voluntary consensus standards can incorporate EPP provisions to protect the environment and reflect life-cycle concerns. Topics covered in the presentation include:

  • The definition and background of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
  • A review of standardization and the environment as a cooperative effort of the public and private sectors
  • A review of incentives for incorporating life-cycle and environmental elements in voluntary standards
  • A proposed methodology for incorporating such elements in standards-setting discussions
  • Supporting documentation, including case studies, information resources (databases, guidelines, etc.) and pilot programs

The staff and leadership of all standards developers are encouraged to share this presentation with members of the standards development body. In particular, ANSI-accredited standards developers with standards that are impacted by EPP practices are requested to share the EPP presentation with its members and committee participants.

A primary objective of this exercise is to assist the EPA in achieving its agency mission, which is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water, and land — upon which life depends. The EPA wants more standards to incorporate environmental and life-cycle elements that can be referenced and/or recommended as the basis for both public and private sector purchasing decisions. These actions support the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (P.L. 104-113: 1996) and OMB Circular A-119. American National Standards exceed all requirements of NTTAA and OMB A-119 to be used as reference documents by federal agencies.

Follow this link for more information and to download the presentation.

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