Sustainability Through Life Cycle Analysis
Currently in phase 1 of its development, the Eco-Index tool is at present designed as an internal-facing metric, intended to drive supply chain improvements by assisting companies to conduct full product life cycle analyses of their environmental sustainability. This first phase, which does not include provisions for consumer-facing eco-labelling, is intended to be complete by the end of 2010.
In this first phase, Energy, Waste, Water and GHG fall within the scope of the Eco-Index. Ultimately, upon completion of the index, it is intended that all significant environmental impactors will be assigned both a quantitative metric and a methodology outlining how each measure should be determined. In the current phase, in lieu of a full set of tools for footprinting, a set of standards recommendations and links to related to resources and tools are provided by the index.
The starting point for this first phase of the index has been a combination of guiding principles for the ecodesign of packaging (http://www.sustainability.sgs.com/
How You Can Contribute
The index aims to have a global reach in order to ensure that it not only assist with the development of a worldwide approach to sustainability, but also better facilitate the application of the Eco-index beyond the outdoor sector and ultimately beyond the apparel industry. To these ends, a generic bill of materials (BOM) has been formulated allowing businesses to practice the use of the index, as well as to commence the in depth application of the index to their own products. These simplified metrics are being made available under the umbrella of a pilot programme that is being run to encourage producers in the outdoor industry to commence testing of the tool. It is also intended that the tool will continue to provide a set of simple qualitative product analysis techniques, along with high level environmental guidelines, in order that it provide a good introduction for businesses first undertaking ecodesign.
Gaining Eco-Index Assistance
A key component of the index will be a tool designed to assist producers to select and use standards appropriate for their activities from among the wide range already existing. The input that SGS has had into the Eco-index has involved specific input into this, the Standards and Regulations tool. SGS is therefore strongly equipped to provide producers with assistance with this tool, as well verification, assessment and training for carbon foot-printing (http://www.sustainability.sgs.com/
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