14 September 2011
Recently we talked to Dr Sarah McLaren and Dr Barbara Nebel about New Zealand's involvement in the development of new ISO Standards for carbon and water footprinting. These Standards will influence the labelling and marketing of New Zealand's export products in countries concerned about carbon emissions, water use, and the life cycle assessment of products.
- Read about the carbon footprint Standard in our Touchstone article 'Standardisation ensures reliable information is provided on the carbon footprint of products – PE INTERNATIONAL'.
- Read about the water footprint Standard in our Touchstone article 'Standardisation provides a framework for credible water footprint claims – NZ Life Cycle Management Centre'.
- AS/NZS ISO 14040:1998 Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Principles and framework
- ISO 14040:2006 Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Principles and framework
- ISO 14044:2006 Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Requirements and guidelines
- Standards can raise GDP by up to 1% – new NZ study, Media release, 14 September 2011
- Standards allow 'common language' across an industry sector – Masterspec, Touchstone, August 2011
- Standardisation and continuous improvement help Fonterra to grow, Touchstone, July 2011
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