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LCA Specialist Comes to GreenTag

Global GreenTag’s full-time  Product Certification Team are now all multi-degree graduates and we are happy to welcome a brilliant new  member to the team  – Nana Bortsie-Aryee

Nana has a considerable  track record in sustainability and environmental management on the global stage in both developed and developing countries.  He has applied his skills as an LCA, industrial ecology  researcher and solutions provider in projects from Africa to the United States to Germany, Eastern Europe, Asia and more recently, in New Zealand.

Nana has authored and co-authored  a number of publications concerned with the integration of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and practices. He holds a number of degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Unviersity of Ghana,  two Masters degrees from Germany and Japan,  and he is soon to receive his Doctorate  degree  from the University of Otago, New Zealand on a thesis titled: Water Footprinting: Theory to Reality – Building competitive advantage around water management in New Zealand Livestock Agriculture

Experienced in planning and implementation of transdisciplinary sustainable projects, sustainability assessments and strategy development, including material flow analysis and comprehensive data management, Nana’s interests encompass the growth of renewable energy systems, clean technologies, sustainable waste management, sustainable water management, industrial material flow management and regional material flow management.

We asked Nana some questions:

 

What and or who inspired you to follow the sustainability path?

It was the fact that natural resources in my home country were being used without consideration of the environment and the negative impact on the health and livelihoods of the locals.

How important is LCA in product certification?

LCA causes companies to show proof of their processes from an environmental perspective and also improves transparency for product certification.

What is the significance of the tools that GreenTag has developed as part of it’s certification standard?

Companies need to show proof of answers in their Sustainability Declarations and the GreenTag certification approach provides a range of tools which use key sustainability indicators to investigate the progress made on these declarations.

And, why did you choose GreenTag to join?

GreenTag is a major reputable sustainability auditing brand that has its processes and procedures based on recognised international standards. Based on my training, this is a perfect organisation to continue to grow as a sustainability practitioner. The organisation also allows for growth and is perfect for me in terms of their long term growth strategy and my career direction.

What is your message to manufacturers?

Sustainability is not just talk, it can be done and we can help you achieve that through our processes.

AN EXTRA LAYER OF TRUST FOR GREENTAG CERTIFIED PRODUCTS … GreenTag is NOW Verified ISO 17065 and ISO 9001:2008

Global GreenTag International certification has stepped up to another league with external international standards recognition by certification body DNV-GL .  The announcement propels  the GreenTag  eco-label and certification mark – already the most advanced in Australia – to a new level of industry  trust around the globe, which is great news for GreenTag certified products!

As a leading conformance body, GreenTag now holds external verification that is compliant to  ISO 17065 (pertaining to the rules for certification bodies) and ISO 9001:2008 (pertaining to the quality management system of GreenTag’s certification processes).   The GreenTag  certification mark was already externally verified to ISO 14024 by the certification body Compass in 2015.

To be Externally Verified at these ISO standards adds an additional layer of confidence for GreenTag   – providing assurance for manufacturers who submit their products to be certified by the label and also for industry professionals, government bodies  and GreenTag certified product end users.

Gaining  DNV-GL  Verification also assures the market that GreenTag  assessors are competent to carry out certification procedures at the high levels  that have  been set by the Global GreenTag International Certification Standard V.4  and also the rules set out for  Peer Review Assessments.

Speaking on the announcement, GreenTag’s Co-Founder, Program Director and CEO David Baggs states that it has always been critical that GreenTag stands out as an independent and scientifically robust certification body and also as an innovative label.

GreenTag is a certification leader in many ways.  In Australia, it is the only ACCC approved certification mark in the building sector.   GreenTag is also renowned for being  the  first certifier  in the world to introduce  Life Cycle Analysis and Beyond LCA assessment.

GreenTag’s  team of product assessors and the label’s National Advisory Committee, says David, are continuously guided by GreenTag’s mission to protect and regenerate natural systems and resources by supporting manufacturers, professionals and consumers with certification standards and metrics that encourage growth and greater market demand for healthy, safe and earth friendly products.

The GreenTag mission  is commensurate in many ways, says David, with the high standards of DNV-GL, whose  purpose  is to help make the world safer, smarter and greener.  “GreenTag’s aim is to offer product certification at the highest levels and our goal is to keep pushing those levels higher. We already have some new developments in the pipeline.”

“We have not ceased our development to improve the GreenTag certification system since we launched in 2010, and this is why we apply to one of the toughest auditing firms in the world to verify our processes.”

“We want GreenTag to be a leader in the certification field. To be that, it is crucial that we also submit GreenTag’s internal processes to undergo the same high level of scrutiny for  transparency and  information disclosure that we place on product claims and take manufacturers through.”

Breaking Through Green Product Market Barriers –Workshop with Sustainable Brands Sydney 2016

Global GreenTag is presenting a workshop in Sydney next week to unpack the barriers standing in the way of green products having a greater traction in the marketplace – and exploring with participants solutions to overcome the conundrum.

“Enhanced ecolabelling can make all the difference,” says David Baggs, presenting the interactive session at the Sustainable Brands 2016 workshop on Wednesday June 29.

Participants who join the workshop will be encouraged to share their current experiences and barriers in accessing key green markets and ways to overcome them.

According to Baggs “Successful organisations, use both ecolabelling and robust metrics to inform and communicate performance to their stakeholders, but conventional ecolabelling is no longer enough”.

“Companies and stakeholders need both labelling and data on the sustainability impacts of products to access key markets that are demanding both easy consumer recognition as well as real metrics to integrate into management and corporate reporting but also address green procurement processes.

The evolution of integrated ecolabelling and enhanced Life Cycle Assessment methods now make that accessible to all companies,” says David.

Where once pass/fail ecolabels were sufficient, consumers and other stakeholders now seek performance ratings and real data at levels of detail that suit their needs.

Sometimes the same organisation can need simple forward facing sustainability consumer communication and then more detailed information to communicate product life cycle benefits to forward thinking companies.

David adds that: ‘Product Labels and Scorecards fulfill some of these needs but LCA reporting via Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are now required in specific sectors, where reporting now also needs different thinking to conventional Life cycle impact Analysis because circular economy characteristics necessitate Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA).

Such ‘Beyond LCA’ strategies are needed by sustainability managers to address LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) markets and link product sustainability data to professional users’ procurement, corporate performance and company contributions to circular economy reporting.’

Sustainable Brands Sydney 2017 runs from June 27-29.

TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP, CLICK HERE

David Baggs Keynotes At International Event For Sustainability Week In South Africa

 

David Baggs,  GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director  is delivering a keynote address this week in South Africa for the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum,  hosted by the City of Tshwane for Sustainability Week.  David’s keynote is titled ‘Visualising the Circular Economy Using Life Cycle Analysis’ for the technical program Vision Zero Waste Seminar on June 2.

With focus on design for waste minimisation and recycling,  David has been invited to deliver the keynote in the context of a vision for zero waste in South Africa. The seminar comes at a critical time, organisers say, when waste streams are at an all-time high, where some communities are without waste services and landfills are reaching capacity.

David brings hoped for solutions.  He will be focusing on the circular nature of the mindset required to reduce the impact of waste – and how this is possible through LCA centric design.

“Conventional thinking is stuck on damage and loss,” says David.

“From a Global GreenTag perspective, I shall be offering clarity about the terminology used in the area of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and how it naturally applies to a circular economy mindset and sustainable solutions for ecological regeneration.”

David is also presenting two other seminars at Sustainability Week.

In the series for Sustainable Manufacturing, he will be delivering a seminar titled: ‘Sustainability Metrics and LCA: The Business Benefits’

For the Green Business series of Sustainability Week, David is presenting: “The Role of Ecolabels in Greening the Supply Chain.”

For more information about Sustainability Week, please visit http://sustainabilityweek.co.za/