GECA seeks input on environmentally preferable products standard

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is in the process of developing a new product standard with the working title ‘Environmentally Preferable Products’. As part of the development of this standard, GECA is seeking input from industry professionals including manufacturers, construction project teams, consultants, academics and environmental organisations.

The new standard will cover products that demonstrate “environmental preferability”. Products should show environmental improvements or have characteristics that reduce environmental impact compared with other equivalent products, such as through reductions in energy use, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, or through other means.

The new standard may be partly based on revisions of other GECA standards, including Environmentally Innovative Products, Recycled and Reclaimed Timber,Recycled Plastic Products, and Recycled Rubber Products. It will also allow for new products previously not covered by any GECA standard; for example, recycled roadbase or reused sand.

To help ensure a meaningful, thorough and robust standard is developed, GECA is calling for participants to be a part of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the standard. The consultation process is intended to take place in three phases during May and June this year.

We would appreciate contributions from you, your organisation or others in your network to help develop this standard. Please feel free to contact us on or on phone number 02 9699 2850.

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) runs Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector ecolabelling program and is the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). It develops standards against which products can be independently audited by GECA’s JAS-ANZ accredited conformity assessment bodies (CAB)s. Its standards are developed following ISO 14024 principles for global best practice in ecolabelling.

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