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ECO-DESIGN RESOURCES 

“Eco-Design Resources”  is an information resource for designing and manufacturing products and services in an environmentally conscious way. The information is categorised in sections as outlined in the Table of Contents. This is meant to be a starting point for those requiring information on reducing the environmental impacts of products. The Competitiveness,  Enterprise Ireland, has compiled this information. For further information see contact details below.

 RESEARCH CENTRES AND RESOURCES (applicable to all industry sectors) 
 ELECTRONICS and AUTOMOTIVE 
 PACKAGING 
 BUILDING 
 ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT LABELLING SCHEMES (applicable to all industry sectors) 
 JOURNALS / NEWSLETTERS (applicable to all industry sectors) 
 AWARDS / SUPPORT SCHEMES (applicable to all industry sectors)
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RESEARCH CENTRES AND RESOURCES

This is a selection of organisations involved in environmental product development. These are largely for information purposes and access to the websites listed will illustrate the large volume of activities, publications and research currently being conducted on product development and the environment.

Centre for Sustainable Design, UK
 

The Centre for Sustainable Design facilitates discussion and research on eco-design and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development.
This is achieved through training, workshops, conferences, research, consultancy, publications, and the Internet. The Centre also acts as an information clearing house and a focus for innovative thinking on sustainable products and services. 
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Centre for Design RMIT University The Centre for Design aims to:
develop and demonstrate new design strategies, decision support tools and processes aimed at improving the environmental performance of products, built environments and services
assist industry to design and use greener products, buildings and services and to develop more strategic environmental directions
advise government agencies on policy and programs to reduce environmental impacts through design
explore new concepts, scenarios, actions, strategies and policies for a sustainable future; 
maintain a national and international network of research and information exchange in environmental assessment and design

The Design for Environment section of this website describes the initiatives run at RMIT. Specifically, they run an EcoReDesign™ programme incorporating two demonstration schemes (the later focusing on SMEs), the EcoReDesign™ kit (A Manual, Video and Case Studies to guide companies through the eco-design process),newsletters, product case studies and information on LCA.
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Centre for Environmental Assessment of Product and Material Systems (CPM), Sweden

Information on the projects conducted at the Centre at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenborg, Sweden
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Cleaner Electronics Research Group, Brunel University, UK.

Information on Active Disassembly using Smart Materials (ADSM) and other activities of this group
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Design Council, UK UK Design Council national strategic body for design.
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Design for Environment Research Group

The activities of the Department of Engineering and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University include research and publications on practical methods for reducing the environmental impact of manufactured products.
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Ecospecifier

A knowledge base of over 3500 eco-products, eco-materials, technologies and resources, the leading global source of sustainable development & life-cycle assessed green product information.
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EnergiePortal

EnergPortal is a website where individuals, businesses and governments meet for news and discussion about energy topics and sustainable innovations. By publishing news and summarizing concise and systematic information on innovative developments in the energy sector, EnergiePortal hopes to arouse interest in energy innovations. Particularly in the field of sustainable energy (wind, solar, and biomass), the site will manifest itself both as news source and a knowledge platform..
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Environment & Green Technology Department, Enterprise Ireland 

The Environment & Green Technology Department Enterprise Ireland provides environmental supports to include advice, information, networking and finance to Irish industry. The GreenTech Support initiative provides these supports for projects relating to reducing the environmental impacts of products.
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Design for Sustainability, Delft University of Technology

The activities of the Environmental Product Development group at Delft University of Technology include research and publications in environmental product development.
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Environmental Technologies This portal focuses on Environmental Technologies, i.e. on cleaner and resource efficient technologies which can decrease material inputs, reduce energy consumption and emissions, recover valuable by-products, minimise waste disposal problems or some combination of these (OECD and Eurostat, 1999). They are classified according to the sector of intervention: Pollution management; Resources management; Integrated, and Monitoring
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Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC)

International forest protection charity the Forest Stewardship Council to include information on FSC individual certification, small enterprise certification schemes and FSC labelled products. 
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Greenerbydesign

Website developed by Edwin Datschefski on designing products that are good for people, profits and the planet. The site includes many examples of green products. 
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Innovative Manufacturing Research Centres 

Based at Cranfield University, UK this centre’s activities include research and publications in sustainable product development.
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International Network of Environmental Management

International association of organisations interested in environmental management issues. Cleaner Production to include environmental product development are focused on at this site which provides information, tools, case studies, publications etc
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Integrated Product Policy (IPP)

The home page for the EU IPP Policy - explains what Integrated Product Policy (IPP) is, what the European Commission has done about it and what is planned in the future.
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Life-Cycle Assessment - LCAccess

The USA based National Risk Management Research Laboratory's Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) website promotes the use of LCA to make more informed decisions through a better understanding of the human health and environmental impacts of products, processes, and activities. The site is divided in to six primary areas to help educate people new to the concept of LCA while serving as a focal point for LCA practitioners and decision-makers to stay current with field of LCA. LCAccess provides information on why one would want to perform an LCA, an overview of LCA, how to find LCI data sources, available LCA resources, on-going efforts in the field of LCA and upcoming LCA events.
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Life Cycle Initiative

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) launched an International Life Cycle Partnership, known as the Life Cycle Initiative, to enable users around the world to put life cycle thinking into effective practice.
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Materials and Design Resource Cente

The Design Resource Institute in Washington, USA is developing its Materials and Design Resource Center for recycled and sustainably harvested materials. The Centre serves as a resource to industrial designers and architects concerned about the impacts of their work on the environment, and potential creative uses for these materials.

Natural Collection Online

Online catalogue of environmentally conscious products. 
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National University Galway 

Website of environmental product design and development activities available from NUI Galway
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The Design Society

Today the EcoDesign SIG has found its identity and role, where we are establishing a worldwide ecodesign network, through the organisation of activities, designed to share results, create initiatives and generally raise the level of awareness in the implementation of ecodesign into industry. 
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The Sustainable Composites Network - SusCompNet

SusCompNet was set up to advance the development and commercialisation of sustainable composite materials by encouraging an integrated approach in the supply chain. Sustainable composites are materials that have minimal impact upon the environment. Ideally, "sustainable composites" should utilise renewable raw materials of a sustainable origin, be manufactured by methods that cause as little environmental impact as possible and at the end of the product life should biodegrade.
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O2 and the O2 Global Network

O2 is an international network for people interested in sustainable design. The network is made up of the o2 Global Network foundation, regional hubs, local groups, liaisons and individuals (called o2's). It has currently more than 70 country contacts
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seeba Global Resource - South East Environmental Business Association

SEEBA, an initiative of The Centre for Sustainable Design based at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University, is the South East's green business club, focused on 'producer responsibility' issues in the electronics, automotive and packaging sectors. Its work is geared exclusively to the needs of business within the region, providing a forum for knowledge exchange and dissemination.
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Stokes Research Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland  Research activities including lead free solder technology. E learning CDs on lead free solder are available
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Sustainable Building Sourcebook
The Sustainable Building Sourcebook, created by the City of Austin's (Texas/USA) Green Builder Program, aims to foster the implementation of environmentally responsible practices in homebuilding. 
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King County, Washington, USA. 

Product Stewardship Programme 
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United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE)

Information, contact and supports available through UNEP IE on all aspects of sustainable development. UNEP DTIE encourages decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmentally sound management of chemicals, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, enable implementation of conventions and international agreements, and incorporate environmental costs
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US Environmental Protection Agency site on Product stewardship

Product stewardship is a product-centered approach to environmental protection. It calls on those in the product lifecycle—manufacturers, retailers, users, and disposers—to share responsibility for reducing the environmental impacts of products. This Web site highlights the latest developments in product stewardship and provides numerous links to other sources of information. 
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Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Eco-Efficiency and sustainable enterprise organisation with a focus on sustainable products information. 
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ELECTRONICS and AUTOMOTIVE

Eco-Design Activities in Companies : Information on the eco-design related activities of a range of electronics sectors companies are listed below.  

 Apple Computer.
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Bayer Material Science  Germany. Recycling programme for used CDs, reclaiming the plastic.
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British Telecom.
 
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Electrolux. 
 
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Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPS Canada)

Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPS Canada) is developing a national electronics end-of-life program in Canada. As a not-for-profit organization, EPS Canada will work with an array of partners and stakeholders to design, promote and implement sustainable solutions for Canada's electronic waste problem. 
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Ericsson.
 
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Foxelectronics.
 

US business re-manufacturing waste electronics, including reselling over 2,000,000 integrated circuits (ICs) from waste electronics per month. Diverts High-Tech Scrap Material From Landfill 
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Greendisk, Washington., USA. 

GreenDisk line of recycled office supplies and computer accessories are made from the materials recycled from their recycling services programs.
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Hewlett-Packard. 
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IBM.
 
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Intel.
 
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Oké
 
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Nokia. 
 
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Nortel Networks. 
 
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Philips Applied Technologies
  
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Sony
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STMicroelectronics Inc.
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Xerox.
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Bureau of International Recycling

information on End of Life Vehicles 
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 CARE Electronics

CARE Electronics (CARE means Comprehensive Approach for the Recycling and Eco-efficiency) is a voluntary, international and environmental R&D network within the EUREKA framework. The stimulation of environmental projects among electronic companies, recycling, chemical and financial industry and research institutes is the major objective of this network. CARE Electronics has set itself the goal to promote recycling, re-use and the whole environmental performance of electronic products. CARE Electronics projects focus on the following main areas: Eco-design of new products  | Sustainable Services  | Dematerialisation | Life cycle assessment and costing | Eco-efficient materials | Reverse logistics and take-back systems  | Multi-life-cycle technologies | End-of-life management  | Work and socio-economic aspects 
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Centre for Sustainable Design, UK 

The Centre for Sustainable Design facilitates discussion and research about eco-design and environmental, economic, ethical and social (e3s) considerations in product and service development and design. This is achieved through training, education, research, seminars, workshops, conferences, publications and the Internet. The Centre initiatives focus particularly on the electronics, automotive and packaging sectors.
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Cleaner Electronics Research Group, Brunel University, UK.

Information on Active Disassembly using Smart Materials (ADSM) and other activities of this group 
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Electronic Industries Alliance Visit Website 
End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive

Directive 2000/53/EC on End-of Life Vehicles (ELV) aims to reduce the volume and hazardous nature of waste from ELV. Manufacturers are required to design automotive vehicles to, inter alia, reduce the hazardous components and facilitate the disassembly, recovery, and recycling of ELV to meet specified recycling targets. 
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End of Life Vehicles

Commission Decision 2003/138/EC of 27 February 2003 establishing component and material coding standards for vehicles pursuant to Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles
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SenterNovem

SenterNovem is an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. SenterNovem strives to achieve a strong innovative business community in a safe and supportive, sustainable society and promotes sustainable economic growth by building a bridge between the market and government, at both national and international levels. SenterNovem provides companies, (knowledge) institutions and government authorities with advice, knowledge and financial support. SenterNovem's projects are grouped into four themes:

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European Automobile Manufacturers Association

General information on vehicles to include environmental information 
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European Electronic Components Manufacturers Association (EECA) 

European industry association which includes the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) and European Industry Association Passive Components  (EPCIA)
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European Recycling Platform (ERP)

The mission of ERP is to ensure cost-effective implementation of the WEEE Directive, for the benefit of member companies, their customers, the consumers and ultimately for the environment and society
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ICT Ireland

ICT Ireland is the voice of the Information and Communications Technology sector in Ireland. The association represents over 300 companies, both foreign owned and indigenous
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Industry Council on Electronics Recycling UK

ICER is a cross-industry association focusing on waste electrical and electronic equipment ("WEEE"). 
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Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)

ISRI is the voice of the scrap recycling industry, an association of companies that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities.
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Intellect

Trade association for information technology, telecommunications and electronics industry 
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Irish WEEE Task Force

An Irish Government Taskforce set up to co-ordinate the development of an industry led producer responsibility initiative in line with the requirements of the WEEE directive. A report on the implementation of the WEEE & RoHS directives in Ireland is available. 
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Soldertec Global 

Soldertec Global is part of ITRI Innovation Ltd, a company with extensive research and development expertise based on its long association with the tin industry and a pioneer in lead-free soldering research. As a centre of excellence, SOLDERTEC provides information, products and a leading-edge research portfolio to the lead-free soldering community.
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National University Galway

Website of environmental product design and development activities available from NUI Galway to include electronics and automotive applications. 
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Network for Electronic Product Design

The Network for Electronic Product Design (NEPD) aims to facilitate discussion and disseminate information, new ideas and thinking in relation to the eco-design implications of the design of electronic products. NEPD provides five core services: events, training, Internet, publications and consultancy 
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Pb Free.Com 

Website of lead free electronics related information, news and products. 
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Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International SEMI
 

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries.
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SMART Group Ireland 

Network for surface mount, related technologies and lead free electronics activities to include a lead free user group specific to the Irish electronics manufacturing community. The objective is to define the specifics relative to Irish electronics manufacturing companies from component level, systems assembly to actual Printed Circuit Assembly. 
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Stokes Research Institute, University of Limerick 

Research activities including lead free solder technology.  
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US EPA National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative 

Product Stewardship Partnerships involve efforts to reduce the life-cycle impacts of products through voluntary product stewardship partnerships with manufacturers, retailers, governments, and non-government 
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WEEE & RoHS Directives

These directives aim to reduce the environmental impact of electronics goods by the removal of specified hazardous substances in manufactured equipment (RoHS) and the management of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE). The legislation has significant implications for all electronics manufacturers as well as the electronics waste recovery/recycling sectors. 
Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS).

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Collection Trials In Ireland
Environmental RTDI Programme 2000–2006 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
(WEEE) Collection Trials in Ireland (2001-WM/MS1-M1) Synthesis
Report 1.70MB


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PACKAGING 

ACE - The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment
 

ACE - The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment - represents leading beverage carton packaging manufacturers and their main European paperboard suppliers in EU environmental policy developments.
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Centre for Sustainable Design, UK 

The Centre for Sustainable Design facilitates discussion and research on eco-design and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development. This is achieved through training, workshops, conferences, research, consultancy, publications, and the Internet. The Centre also acts as an information clearing house and a focus for innovative thinking on sustainable products and services. The Centre initiatives focus particularly on the electronics, automotive and packaging sectors. 
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Glassworks, Canada.

An interactive communication network, sponsored by Consumers Glass, for stakeholders of the recycled glass supply chain in Canada. The Product Stewardship section gives information supplied by Consumers Glass on their commitment to container glass recycling, multi-material recycling systems, environmental issues related to container glass, and information on policy and technical issues affecting container glass.
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Green Dot, Germany.

In the era of integrated product responsibility (IPR), used packages are not categorised as “waste for destruction”, but as “waste for recovery”: because the valuable raw materials from which packages are made can be utilised for making new products. Recovering packages helps to substantially reduce the amount of resources consumed in primary production processes. So if you’re sorting the packages before disposing of them, you’re actively helping to save resources and reduce environmental impact. Green Dot makes sure that used packages are collected, sorted and recovered in compliance with the stipulations laid down in the German Packaging Ordinance
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Inform, Inc.

A US non-profit working with Business and Environment. Executive summaries of several reports on packaging. 
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SPI Film & Bag Federation

The Film and Bag Federation (FBF) is a business unit of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) that actively promotes the growth of the plastic film and bag industry
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Paper Industry Research Association (PIRA)

Pira International serves the paper, packaging, print and publishing supply chain. The company has an enormous archive of technical and commercial information generated over 75 years carrying out research programmes and consultancy on behalf of governments and companies worldwide. 
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REPAK

Repak is an industry funded organisation whose aim it is to facilitate and grow packaging recycling. Based on the principle of producer responsibility, Repak was established to help businesses meet their legal obligations to fund the recovery and recycling of the packaging on the goods or services they supply, as set out in the Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations 2007. 
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TetraPak

Tetra Pak's innovation is in the area of aseptic processing liquid food packaging 
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BUILDING 

Association for Environment Conscious Building

UK environmental building trade organisation.
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Ecological Building Systems 

Environmental building solutions 
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Eco Products (Building Materials)

US source for ecological building products 
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Energy Research Group 

UCD based group specialising in energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment 
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Environmental Design and Construction Magazine
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European Green Building Forum

Best practice examples and resources on green building 
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European Housing Ecology Network

The aim of the Network is to identify and develop good practice in all aspects of ecology involved in or affecting the provision, management and serving of housing. The Network has specifically identified a range of subjects for current attention:
Energy efficiency  | Energy generation, storage and use  | Water consumption an recycling  | Waste collection, separation and recycling  | Green spaces  | Healthy buildings and the elimination of dangerous materials
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Green Building Press

Publish green building information in many mediums to help you to design and build sustainable, healthy and ecological homes offices and factories
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Integer – Intelligent and Green

UK based partnership approach for projects on sustainable housing to include resources and case examples. 
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International Initiative for the Sustainable Built Environment

Information resource on sustainable building - Energy and Environmental Issues in the Building Sector
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GreenBuild

Greenbuild Energy Rating and Building Information Services. Resources and case examples on sustainable building. 
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Low Impact Housing

Resources on low impact housing 
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Sustainable Architecture Building and Culture

US based resource on sustainable building 
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SEBNet Products & Services

The Sustainable Energy in Buildings Network (“SEBNet”) brings together the main manufacturers and suppliers of energy efficiency products for the home building and home improvement markets in Ireland. The focus of the network is on growing the market for energy efficient products and systems, by developing joint promotional and training initiatives, and by establishing recognised systems for quality assurance in product installation.
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Sustainable Housing in Europe

SHE: Sustainable Housing in Europe is a demonstration project funded by the European Commission under the 5th Framework Programme "Research and Development", programme on "Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development", Key Action 4 "City of tomorrow and cultural heritage". SHE aims to demonstrate the real feasibility of sustainable housing, through pilot projects in 4 different countries, Denmark, France, Italy and Portugal, applying sustainable housing to the common praxis and integrating sustainability with the users' participation to the main steps of the constructing process. 
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ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT LABELLING SCHEMES

This is a list of contact organisations for environmental product labelling schemes operating both in Europe and internationally. Environmental product labelling schemes set criteria for and certify products and services with lower environmental burdens than comparable products with the same function.

EU ECO-LABEL CONTACTS 

European Commission EU Eco Label

A listing of categories, specifications and products with the EU eco-label are on this website 
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National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) - Competent Body in Ireland  Visit Website
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Environmental Awareness Section
Custom House, Dublin 1
    
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OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL LABELLING SCHEMES

Aenor
AENOR

Spanish Association for standardisation and certification.

AENOR is an organisation dedicated to the development of standardisation and certification in all industrial and service sectors. Its aim is to contribute to the improvement in quality and competitiveness of companies, and to environmental protection.
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Blue Angel
Blue Angel 
 

The German Eco-Label
Since 1978 it has set the standard for eco-friendly products and services selected by an independent jury in line with defined criteria. The Blue Angel is awarded to companies as kind of a reward for their commitment to environmental protection. They use it to professionally promote their eco-friendly products in the market. The Blue Angel is an ecological beacon showing the consumer the way to the ecologically superior product and promotes environmentally conscious consumption.
 
Products and Services with the Blue Angel are listed on the Blue Angel website. 
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El Distintiu
El Distintiu

The Emblem of Guarantee of Environmental Quality is an eco-labelling scheme created under the Catalan Government's Decree 316/1994 of 4 November.

On the one hand, the Emblem provides consumers and users with better, more reliable information and, on the other, it promotes the design, production, marketing, use and consumption of products and services that fulfil certain environmental quality requirements beyond those established as compulsory under current regulations.

Energy Star
ENERGY STAR logo

ENERGY STAR is a joint programme of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. 
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Environmentally Friendly Products
Environmental Friendly Products

The Czech Programme for Labelling Environmentally Friendly Products was declared on 14 April 1994. The system was initiated by the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of the Economy.

It is based on the creation of a competitive environment in the market among products of comparable qualitative parameters by introducing an additional selection criterion, which includes the specified environmental requirements for the product. Influencing consumption and production patterns promotes the implementation of sustainable development. The labelling of environmentally friendly products is based on the prerequisite that the certification is done by an independent third party.
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EU Energy Labelling

The EU energy labelling scheme is currently a mandatory requirement in the EU for domestic white goods including refrigerators, washing machines, driers and dishwashers. Goods expected to be introduced in the future include lighting, boilers and ovens. Goods are tested against a set of criteria, given a rating for energy efficiency and labelled accordingly. 
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The Hungarian Eco-label
The Hungarian Eco-label

The Hungarian eco-label was found in 1994, by the Ministry of Environment and Regional Development.

Until now environmental criteria for 53 product groups were developed, in December 2008. 21 were valid of them.

Criteria are fully harmonised with the EU eco-label requirements if the product group is also involved in the "Flower" system.

The total number of licence holder companies is over 80 so far.
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Milieukeur
Milieukeur
The Dutch Eco-label

For more and more food, consumer goods and services, SMK develops environmental criteria for Milieukeur. This covers the entire lifecycle of the product or service. From raw materials, energy and water, to harmful substances, packaging and waste. In foods, the criteria cover a limited use and low-emission application of pesticides and fertilizers and attention is paid to animal welfare, nature conservation and food safety.
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Sustainable Energy Ireland

Sustainable Energy Ireland manages programmes aimed at:

  • Assisting deployment of superior energy technologies in each sector as required;
  • Raising awareness and providing information, advice and publicity on best practice;
  • Stimulating research, development and demonstration (RD&D);
  • Stimulating preparation of necessary standards and codes;
  • Publishing statistics and projections on sustainable energy and achievement of targets

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Fair Trade

The Fair Trade Mark provides an independent guarantee that producers receive a fair price for their products. 
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Global EcoLabelling Network
The Global Ecolabelling Network - GEN

The Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is a non-profit association of third-party, environmental performance labelling organizations founded in 1994 to improve, promote, and develop the "ecolabelling" of products and services.  GEN fosters information exchange among its members, dissemination of information to the public, and longer-term harmonization of ecolabelling programs, as appropriate. 
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Green Seal

Green Seal is an environmental product labelling scheme operating in the USA.  Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Green Seal works with manufacturers, industry sectors, purchasing groups, and governments at all levels to "green" the production and purchasing chain. Products with the Green Seal are listed on the Green Seal website. 
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Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association

The Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association certifies organic food and products throughout the island of Ireland. It is a voluntary organisation and a company limited by guarantee with a membership open to all. 
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NF Environment 
NF Environnement

The NF mark is a voluntary quality mark, owned by AFNOR, the Association Française de Normalisation (French standardisation association).
The NF mark is a collective certification mark. It guarantees the quality and safety of the products and services certified. The NF mark guarantees compliance not only with current standards, but also with additional quality criteria that meet consumers' needs.

For nearly 60 years it has adorned consumer products such as electric plugs, refrigerators, taps, and so on. More recently, service providers such as tourist offices and passenger transport companies have been highlighting the quality of their services through the NF Service mark.

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TCO Development
TCO Development

TCO Development works to ensure that users of IT and office equipment have excellent products with a high degree of usability, while keeping environmental impact to a minimum.

TCO labelling is internationally recognised and products bearing the TCO label can be found throughout the world. Approximately half of all displays in the world are TCO-labelled.
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The Polish eco mark
The Polish eco mark

The Polish EKO Znak is awarded on a voluntary basis by the Polish Centre for Testing and Certification. It refers to national and international services and products which have reduced negative environmental impact. Following the decision of the EKO Znak Committee of 2005, the criteria awarded for the EKO Znak corresponding the criteria EU Ecolabel.
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Nordic Swan
Nordic Swan

The Nordic Ecolabel - the Swan label

Founded by the governments in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden back in 1989. The scheme covers both goods and services. Criteria have been specified for about 70 product groups. More than 5,000 products are licensed.

Administered in parallel with the Community Ecolabel by the five organizations acting as Competent Bodies in these countries.

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The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
Bra Miljöval

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) is an environmental organisation with power to bring about change.

We spread knowledge, map environmental threats, create solutions, and influence politicians and public authorities, at both national and international levels. Moreover, we are behind one of the world's most challenging ecolabellings, "Bra Miljöval" (Good Environmental Choice). Climate, the oceans, forests, environmental toxins, and agriculture are our main areas of involvement
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Umweltzeichen
Umweltzeichen
The Austrian Eco-Label was created on the initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. This label provides the general public with information on the environmental impact of consumer goods that arises from their production, usage and attracts the attention of consumers to alternative environmentally-friendly products.
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JOURNALS/NEWSLETTERS

This is a selection of journals and newsletters on environmental product development or regularly including features on same. Contact details for further information or subscriptions are included. 

The Journal of Sustainable Product Design

The Journal of Sustainable Product Design (JSPD) covers economic, environmental, ethical and social issues in product design and development  It is a comprehensive quarterly journal guaranteeing high quality both in content and in presentation. JSPD aims to initiate leading-edge thinking in eco-design, 'design for environment' and sustainable product development and design. The journal provides a forum for leading-edge thought and new ideas. Special emphasis is attached to the following areas: Eco-design tools and methodologies | Eco-design strategies | Eco-service development | Environmental marketing | Organisation approaches | Case studies | Integrated Product Policy (IPP) | Environmental Product Policy (EPP) | Product Service Systems
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United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics 

This is a quarterly journal produced by the UNEP IE. Features include product development and the environment. 
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AWARD AND SUPPORT SCHEMES 

 Design Sense This is an international awards scheme for sustainable industrial design and architecture
Contact: Alex Adie at Design Sense
Tel. + 44 020 7247 6116, Fax + 44 0 20 7247 8661
Email designsense@designevents.co.uk
 
Environment Awards.net

UK based resource with information on a range of environmental awards schemes available to international as well as UK based companies.
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The European Business Awards for the Environment

An annual EU environmental awards scheme with a specific category on eco-design. The European Business Awards for the Environment recognize and promote today’s pioneers in green innovation.

The European Business Awards for the Environment's steering committee has drawn up a number of general and specific criteria for each award category. These criteria will give applicants a better idea of what the judges are looking for. Website: http://www.eu-environment-awards.org/
The Irish awards are run by IBEC. Winners of the Irish awards will also be considered for entry to the subsequent European Environment Awards, sponsored by the European Commission's DG Environment

International Design Eco Awards (IDEA) The IDEA awards have categories for eco product innovation, eco architechture, eco fashion.textile design and eco design communication
International Design Resource Awards 

The International Design Resource Awards (IDRA) is an international design competition to encourage the use of post-consumer recycled, and reprocessed and sustainably harvested materials in new product designs and buildings.
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Sustainable Building Award

Part of the annual Construction Excellence awards organised by the Construction Industry Federation and Irish Building magazine.

Europa Site on LCA Tools - LCA Resources Directory

This directory contains metadata information about life cycle thinking related services, tools and databases and the corresponding developers and providers.
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