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WS 7: Green Product Certification in India

Workshop Chair:  UNIDO
Date and time: Tuesday 24, 16h30 – 18h30
Room: 23

Description

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) implements in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) a global Program that is aimed at building capacity and supporting the scaling up and mainstreaming of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP). In India, green labelling standards provide one promising avenue for scaling up and mainstreaming RECP in industries, in addition to enabling policy and financing and collective multi-enterprise approaches, in clusters and/or supply chains.

With regards to green products, there were singular attempts and pilots of certification in India. Still, challenges remain as the earlier labelling systems were not based on certified third-party based claims, and lacked a unified and standardized approach.

Against this background, UNIDO and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have taken first steps in the establishment of a rating system for Green Products (GreenPro) for Indian industry products in order to avoid a lasting dependence on external rating systems from other countries that are not tailored to the industrial processes and regulations in India.

GreenPro is a holistic framework to assess how green a product can be and to highlight the way forward for the product to achieve excellence in environmental performance. The GreenPro certification system is third-party based and adopts the cradle-to-cradle approach for evaluation, on par with international product certification standards.

This workshop aims at sharing the initiatives taken as part the Green Product Certification in India and receive the inputs and feedback from the international fraternity to further fine tune and a make GreenPro a robust third-party based certification system. As part of the workshop, a brainstorming session is also planned with the support of international experts to identify and shortlist priority industry product categories for certification.

The tentative program of the workshop is as below:

  1. Interventions along the Value Chain – A UN Environment perspective by Mrs Bettina Heller, Programme Officer, UN Environment
  2. Global Best Practices in Ecolabelling by Dr. Elisabeth Magnus, Senior environmental expert, Nordic Swan Ecolabelling
  3. Product Certification for Cement and Concrete by Mr Christian Artelt, Vice Chairman, Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC)
  4. ISO Guidance Principles for the Sustainable Management of Secondary Metals- Traceability requirements by Dr Sonia Valdivia, Program Manager, Sustainable Recycling Industries & Life Cycle Management, WRF
  5. GreenPro – Green Product market transformation in India by Mr S Karthikeyan, Principal Counsellor, Confederation of Indian Industry, CII-Green Business Centre
  6. Presentation on Product Certification Standards by Jennifer Freya Helgeson, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States of America (TBC)
  7. Café table Discussions for identification of Potential Industry products for certification moderated by Mr Suresh Kennit, National Coordinator – India Eco-Industrial Parks, UNIDO:
  • GreenPro certification for Industry products – Priority Matrix by Mr S Karthikeyan, Principal Counsellor, CII
  • Brainstorming and shortlisting of potential product categories

Presentations

· UNEP, Bettina Heller

· Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), Christian Altert 

· Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI), Sonia Valdivia 

· CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, S Karthikeyan 

· Nordic Swan Ecolabelling, Elisabeth Magnus 

· GreenPro Priority Matrix 

· Pre-assessment of Potential Industry Products for GreenPro Certification