Ecodesign involves integrating environmental aspects into the product design process, in addition to technical and financial constraints. The Ecodesign approach can be simplified into three steps:
- Measuring and understanding the impacts of existing products
- Including and tracking environmental targets and objectives during the product development process
- Developing a relevant and effective environmental communication strategy
Our team provides tailored training and consultancy services to support the implementation of Ecodesign practices within your product development teams.
Environmental Product Declarations
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is an internationally-harmonized communication format that describes the environmental footprint of a product throughout its life cycle.
EPDs are developed after a life cycle assessment (LCA) following applicable product category rules (PCRs) is conducted. PCRS are managed by EPD program operators to ensure the conformity of an EPD with the ISO 14025 standard.
SGS is a member of the PEP Ecopassport program, an international program dedicated to electrical, electronic and HVAC equipment. Our team will guide you with the development, the verification and the registration of your products within this program.
Cradle to Cradle© certification
We are accredited as a General Assessor for Cradle to Cradle product certification, by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. With accredited General Assessors now in North America and the Netherlands, we can assess products and determine their conformity with the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Standard.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Standard is a multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that evaluates products, systems and operations across five categories of human and environmental health. Administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, product certification is awarded at five levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum). The ultimate goal is to encourage innovation and the design of products that effectively and positively impact people and the environment.
Cradle to Cradle product certification is a pragmatic guide for the implementation of the key principles of circular economy. It is an efficient tool for driving continuous improvement and stimulating innovation during product development. At the same time it also provides brands, manufacturers and retailers with a robust marketing tool to differentiate their products in the marketplace.
ISO 14040 And ISO 14044 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Using LCA against these international standards, SGS can help you to improve a product’s overall environmental performance – and to demonstrate the benefits of the product to customers and NGOs.
We compare a product’s full range of environmental impacts, including raw material production, manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal.
Contact SGS for a quick assessment of the best ways to improve the sustainability performance of your products.