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World Environment Day, 5 June

2018-06-04

Standardisation plays an important role in helping achieve the objectives establishes by the circular economy model. In addition to the standards published over the last decade, new work has been initiated in this field. The new standardisation committee CEN/CLC TC 10 Material efficiency for the ecodesign of ErP (energy-related products) has already begun working, and it is predicted that the standards will see the light sometime between December 2017 and March 2019. The resulting standards will be applicable to any type of ErP and will cover aspects such as the evaluation of a product's durability, how easy it is to repair and reuse, and an assessment of its potential for repurposing and the recycling of strategic materials.

On the other hand, conformity assessment as part of the circular economy is significant as it is a tool for demonstrating an organisation's achievements in this area. The three cornerstones of the package of European measures are: ecodesign and life-cycle analysis; the reuse of water; and minimisation and recovery of waste. AENOR has developed two tools in this field. The Zero waste certification scheme evaluates the compliance of a company's waste recovery actions, avoiding the different waste fractions generated ending up in a landfill. Additionally, certifying when a material ceases to be waste is thought to increase the quality of secondary raw materials, putting them back into production processes, and fully recovering everything that was previously considered waste.

Courses of interest: Environmental management and Circular economy.

Recommended reading: Guide1 and Guide2


 

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