Eco-Standards and Markets: a Round Up (July 2012)
Updates and Sector News
Apple and EPEAT
EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) is a US based third party ratings system for electronics products used by many public sector bodies in North America in their procurement efforts. Apple, the world’s largest consumer electronics company, recently described it as a mistake to abandon the EPEAT system for some of its products. The decision triggered a statement by a US municipality that it would no longer buy the Apple products concerned. Apple promptly back-tracked and rejoined EPEAT for its products.
A new start up Honest Buildings claims to have “created a profile for any building in the world with an address.” This profile contains information that allows building owners, occupants and service providers to update information on both the property's characteristics and its energy and environmental performance. It aims to bring transparency and connectivity to the real estate industry via its profile disclosures. The service will soon launch in the UK following doing so in the US.
Eco Labels Overwhelming to Users
A study conducted by IMD, the International Institute for Management Development and some European partners involved the survey of 1,000 business executives around the globe about eco-labels. The survey indicated that businesses as well as consumers are confused by the array of sustainability standards and eco labels on the market and the uptake of such certifications is reaching saturation point.
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