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国家建筑材料展贸中心与澳洲GGTI全球绿标国际有限公司顺利签署独家代理协议

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2021年3月18日,国家建筑材料展贸中心与澳洲Global Greentag全球绿标国际有限公司举办了隆重的线上签约仪式,确定了国家建筑材料展贸中心成为Greentag公司在中国大陆地区的独家代理机构。国家建筑材料展贸中心主任屈交胜,国际产能合作部总经理马倩玲以及Greentag总裁David Baggs,总经理Mary-Lou Kelly共同出席了此次签约仪式。

仪式上,展贸中心主任屈交胜首先表达了对此次合作的期待,并向Greentag介绍了展贸中心的发展历程。作为行业内的服务机构与交流平台,展贸中心肩负着引领中国建材企业“走出去”的重要使命。说到绿色建材和绿色标准在中国的未来发展,屈交胜主任表示,碳中和、碳达峰已成为我国“十四五”污染防治攻坚战的主攻目标,也是第一次将碳达峰和碳中和目标写入了中国的经济和社会发展五年规划。为了积极响应国家政策,向中国建材企业大力推广绿色标准将是展贸中心今后的重要任务之一,所以此次与Greentag的合作也是恰逢其时。此外,屈交胜主任还提到,作为国内首批获批国内绿色建材产品认证资质的9家机构之一,展贸中心不仅将辅助国内企业获得国际绿标认证,打破绿色壁垒,顺利“走出去”;还希望有更多国外的企业获得中国的绿色认证并进入到中国市场。最后,屈交胜主任表达了对本次战略合作的美好愿景。

Greentag总裁David Baggs在发言中也提到,目前世界正面临重要时刻,全球正在发生巨大的改变,并需要全新一代的产品。与国家建筑材料展贸中心达成的这次合作,也是Greentag全球绿标公司开拓中国市场非常重要的一项决定。David先生表示,Greentag将与展贸中心一同帮助中国建材企业及其产品走向全球,向世界展示中国建材产品已经在朝着更健康、更环保和更可持续的方向迈进。此次战略合作将为中国建材产品打破绿色壁垒,走向世界,以及国际绿标在中国建材行业内的发展开启新的篇章。

交流会后,双方代表举行了线上签约仪式。最后Greentag总裁David先生用还不太熟练的中文说出:“合作愉快”为此次线上会议画上了完美的句号。

在国内和国际舞台上,绿标认证受到越来越多的重视,并发挥着越来越重要的作用。

对企业而言,绿标认证有利于提升产品及企业形象,从而赢得消费者的信任与青睐,在市场上获得竞争优势。同时,可以减少政府不必要的行政干预,甚至获得政府的大力支持,并打破绿色壁垒,顺利“走出去”。

对消费者而言,绿标认证有助于消费者获取准确的产品信息,保护消费者的合法权益。同时,绿标有助于增强消费者的环保意识,满足其绿色消费的需求。

对国家而言,绿标认证规范市场秩序,有利于公平的竞争,并保护消费者及厂家的合法利益。绿标的使用有助于潜移默化中对消费者进行环保教育,促进消费模式的转变,从而有利于整个国家的经济建设和精神文明建设。绿标认证在有利于国家可持续发展的同时,可增强国家的国际竞争力,促进国际贸易的顺利进行。

Global GreenTag成立于2010年,是在澳大利亚,美国和加拿大注册的认证标志。作为第三方认证机构,Global GreenTag是唯一一个与全球四大主要绿色建筑评级工具(LEED/WELL/GreenStar/BREEAM)相关的“一站式”运营商。同时,也是全球符合ISO国际标准最多的认证机构之一。  在全球范围内,Global GreenTag认证是被澳大利亚公平竞争和消费者委员会(ACCC)、美国专利商标局和绿色建筑评级部门批准的唯一认证标志。

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GreenTag Certifiers Ready to Roll With New GHS Requirements

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Major changes to OH&S requirements are here and GreenTag is ready for the legislative requirements that have been introduced in Australia with  respect to the new legislative requirement for classification and labelling of chemicals under the  Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.

The use of the GHS is now mandatory from  January 1st, 2017, having been announced in 2012 by the Safe Work Australia and introduced into Global GreenTag Standards commencing also in 2012 and has consequently played some small part in helping to establish the use of GHS in the market since – just  as it also has in the development and growth of LCA  (Life Cycle Assessment),   EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and a soon to be announced new declaration, currently under wraps.

In terms of chemical classification and labelling under the new look GHS, GreenTag is ready.

GreenTag  product assessment procedures are aligned to the new system, which  applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

GreenTag  product assessors, whose job is to rate products with careful consideration of any chemical risks in products under certification, gladly welcome  the new GHS system – for its clarity and opportunity to increase demands for transparency and greater product disclosure.

The new GHS system provides enhanced  criteria by which to classify hazards, including  risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, risks to the  environment , such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

Under the GHS new system, all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of hazardous chemicals will be required to observe legislative requirements  to manage the risks associated with hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  This will include  ensuring the safe use, handling and storage of chemicals, as well as specific duties under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.

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Under the GHS there are nine new Hazard Pictograms:

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Hazard Descriptions

In plain text contexts, the GHS uses the words ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’ as signals to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard. ‘Danger’ being used for more severe or significant hazards, with ‘Warning’ being used for less severe hazards.

Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements are assigned to a class and category that describes the nature of the hazards of a substance, including where appropriate, the degree of hazard, e.g. the hazard statement ’Toxic if swallowed’ is the Hazard Statement for Acute Toxicity category 3 (Oral).

Precautionary Statements describe the recommended measures that should be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure, or improper storage or handling of a hazardous chemical. The GHS precautionary statements cover prevention, response, storage and disposal.

Hazard and precautionary statements replace the ‘Risk’ and ‘Safety’ phrases required under previous laws.

For more information, see the classification and labelling for workplace hazardous chemicals poster

READ MORE IN FULL the article  in Sourceable by David Baggs, CEO of GreenTag  who expands on the new changes for Australia. https://sourceable.net/new-ohs-chemical-classification-system-launches-in-oz/

 

Meet the NAC: Bill Statham Author of The Chemical Maze

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Researcher and Author Bill Statham has contributed considerably to making a positive difference to the lives of people through education about the alarming presence of additives and ingredients in foods and cosmetics that have the potential to cause discomfort and ill health.

If people recognise this problem, says Bill, then they have freedom of choice and for many, being informed about their product choices can bring a new lease of life.

Author of The Chemical Maze, The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion and the online App: The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion,  Bill is a valued member of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for the ongoing development  of our certification standard for Cleaning and Personal Products.

Bill studied and practised homeopathy both in Australia and the UK for over ten years.  During this time he became increasingly concerned about the detrimental effects on health caused by synthetic chemicals in the foods we eat and cosmetic products we use every day.

Indeed, adds Bill, several of the synthetic additives lawfully allowed in processed food products have been shown over the last 40 or so years to cause or exacerbate symptoms and conditions like hyperactivity, asthma, learning difficulties, headache and migraine, behavioural problems, sleep disorders and organ damage.

“What is more disturbing, is that studies have been shown some additives to be unsafe for human consumption. Scientific studies are bearing witness to what parents have known for many years‚ that certain food additives can adversely affect children’s behaviour and learning ability,” says Bill.

“The first seven or so years of a child’s life are critical to establishing a foundation on which they build their future health, relationship and career paths. If these precious moments are distorted and ultimately lost by the unnecessary addition to their diets of synthetic chemical additives, they can never be regained. Today’s informed consumers are no longer content to accept that all the additives and ingredients in foods and personal care and cosmetic products are benign and therefore can do no harm.”

Bill continues to campaign to increase awareness.  The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion App, he says, was produced to make it simpler and easier for consumers to recognise safe foods, cosmetics and personal care products.

Read more about Bill’s Chemical Maze initiative HERE

Other members of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Personal Products are:

Professional Associations

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Industry Associations

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenery – Australian Certified Organic

Universities

Greg Miller  – Griffith University

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone – NourishedLife.com.au

 

Other members of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Cleaning Products are:

Professional Associations:

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Barbara Connelly  – Building Service Contractors Association

Industry Associations:

Matt King – National Cleaning Suppliers Association

Meriel Chamberlin  – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Bridget Gardener – Green Sash

Universities:          

Greg Miller – Griffith University

Communities / Environmental NGOs:

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone – NourishedLife.com.au

Join Global GreenTag at Total Facilities 2017

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Total Facilities, 29 – 30 March 2017, International Convention Centre Sydney

Total Facilities presents two-days of discussion and discovery for FM and like-minded professionals.  It combines Australia’s largest offering of innovative facility products and services with forward-thinking strategies to optimise facility and workplace performance. A thriving exhibition floor featuring over 150 leading brands will showcase real solutions to meet operational challenges, whilst free-to-attend educational seminars offering bold perspectives and latest FM thinking will raise methodologies to drive business performance. Join Australia’s largest community of FM minds for unrivalled networking and engaging discussion for enhancing our living-working environments.

Find out more at totalfacilities.com.au.

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/

Meet the NAC: Jo Immig Environmental Scientist and Author of ‘Toxic Playground’

We are proud to have Jo Immig as one of the members of our National Advisory Committee and one of the few that are represented on each of our sector NACs, building, personal and cleaning products.  She is a representative from the Community/Environmental NGO sector.

Jo has worked on chemical pollution issues for over 25 years and is also co-ordinator of the National Toxics Network. 

Jo’s area of interest is children’s environmental health.  She has a degree in applied science with a major in biology.

She is also the author of the book ‘Toxic Playground’ and has written numerous popular articles on toxic issues that people face in their day to day lives – at home, school and in the workplace.

Members of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Cleaning Products are:

Professional Associations:

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

(Huia Iti also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for Personal Products)

Barbara Connelly  – Building Service Contractors Association

Industry Associations:

Matt King –  National Cleaning Suppliers Association

Meriel Chamberlin  – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

(Meriel Chamberlain also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committees for Personal Products & Building Products)

Bridget Gardener – Green Sash

Universities:  

Greg Miller  –   Griffith University

(Greg Miller also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for Personal Products)

Communities / Environmental NGOs:

Bill Statham – The Chemical Maze

(Bill Stratham also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committees for Personal Products & Building Products)

Irene Falcon – NourishedLife.com.au

(Irene Falcoln also sits on GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for Personal Products)