European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation
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Mr Pieter de Pous
Ms Laura Degallaix
ECOS was established in 2001 to enhance the voice of the environment within the European and international standardisation system.
ECOS' mission is to ensure that European and international standards contribute to a better environmental performance of the economy in the European Union.
ECOS' goal is to defend and promote the environmental interests in the development of standards at European and international level, especially those produced in support of European environmental laws and policies.
More specifically, ECOS' objectives include:
- To represent European and national environmental organisations at technical and decision-making level within the international and European standardisation process;
- To cooperate with the EU Commission and other stakeholders in the relevant standardisation bodies;
- To coordinate the environmental associations’ contribution to the enhancement of environmental aspects in the standardisation process at international, European and national levels;
- To promote and assess the integration of environmental aspects into standards with the purpose of reducing negative environmental impacts;
- To assess the quality of standardisation processes and discuss with European Union decision-makers on the basis of these assessments;
- To protect the interests of the environment in the work of the standardisation bodies;
- To contribute to the improvement of consumer choice by providing a wider array of environmentally sound products;
- To disseminate information about relevant standardisation processes among environmental organisations;
- To promote the active involvement of environmental organisations in standardisation matters at national level and between national, European and international levels;
- To promote the EU legal provisions that support the integration of environmental interests in a structural manner in the European Union standardisation process and policies.
ECOS is a Partner Organisation of CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, and CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization. ECOS is also a “liaison organisation” to several technical bodies of the international counterparts of CEN and CENELEC, respectively ISO and IEC. ECOS participates to political and strategic developments within the standardisation organisations and contributes, mainly through nominated independent experts, to standardisation work on ECOS’ priorities. ECOS’ priority areas include climate change, resource and energy efficiency, waste, and health and enviromnent. Furthermore, ECOS works to promote balanced representation and effectve participation of societal stakeholders in the standardisation process.
ECOS is the only environmental organisation specialised in standardisation in the world.
ECOS also represents the environmental interests in the implementation of European product ecolgocial policies, including the EU Ecodesign of Energy-related Products directive and the Energy Labelling directive. More specifically, ECOS brings the environmental expertise in the development of product-specific legal requriements for consumer and industrial products sold on the EU market with a view to enhance their ecological performance during their entire life-cycle. ECOS provides comments on the product-specific technical studies commissioned by the European Commissionm, participates in the Ecodesign Consultation Forum and contributes to the implementation process from the technical stage to the decision-making in “comitology” providing expertise and position papers to the Commission, Member States and the European Parliament.
ECOS mission is to influence the development of ambitious strategies to reduce and control sources of environmental pollution, and to promote resource and energy efficiency, environmental health and sustainable development.
Our specific interests revolve around Bio-energy, Buildings, Chemicals, Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, E-mobility, Market Surveillance, Nanotechnologies, Smart Grids, and Waste. More details about the objectives, priorities and activities in these work areas is available on www.ecostandard.org
ECOS carries out a range of communication activities in order to keep members and stakeholders up to date on our work.
Through the ECOS website (www.ecostandard.org) updates regarding our work is regularly provided, alongside with news concerning ECOS work areas. All of ECOS position papers are available on http://ecostandard.org/?page_id=1762
The ECOS Newsletter is released four times per year, and is sent out to our members and other subscribers. It is also publicly available through the ECOS website.
ECOS has two social media accounts which are regularly updated, Twitter https://twitter.com/ECOS_Standard and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/ecos-eu.
ECOS’ Members are also informed of the activities of the organisation through regular email updates.
On 29 October 2014 the first, of what is now an annual,
ECOS Workshop was held. The workshop focused on bridging the gap between policy and standardisation. Panel discussions were held, and included speakers from the European Commission, and ECOS’ members, experts and partners. Topics which were covered were ‘energy and resource efficiency’, ‘Ecodesign and smartgrids’ and ‘Nanoscales’.
On 10 February 2014 ECOS, together with CIEL and Oko Institut, hosted a workshop on Nanotechnologies, bringing together policy and research ensuring a proper risk assessment of nanomaterials.
ECOS works with the European institutions on the EU standardisation policy framework, the integration of environmental aspects in standardisation, including through EC standardisation mandates, and the representation of societal stakeholders in standardisation.
In the area of Ecodesign, ECOS works closely with the Commission DGs running the Ecodesign-product studies as well as with the European Council and European Parliament once the implementing measures proposed by the Commission get to the stage of consultation forum and final decision.
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European Environmental Bureau(0),
Friends of the Earth Europe(0),
Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL)(0),
Healthcare Without Harm Europe(0),
Transport and Environment (T&E)(0),
WWF European Policy Office(0),
Clean Air Action Group(0),
Bond Beter Leefmilieu Vlaanderen(0),
Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND)(0),
Bundesverband Bürgerinitiativen Umweltschutz (BBU)(0),
France Nature Environnement(0),
Friends of the Earth Latvia(0),
Institute for Ecological Modernisation(0),
Stichting Natuur en Milieu(6800),
Women in Europe for a Common Future France(100),
Waste Watch-Keep Britain Tidy(0),
DOOR, the Society for Sustainable Development Design(0),
CNIID,Centre National d’Information Indépendante sur les Déchets(0),
Oekozenter Lëtzebuerg, the Luxembourg Ecological Center(0),
Zeleny Kruh (Green Circle)(0),
Nature Friends Germany(0),
Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency (FEWE)(0)
1. ECOS is a Partner Organisation of CEN, the European Committee for Standardization (EC Register Identification Number: 14168793342-48) and CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (EC Register Identification Number. 58258552517-56).
It is ECOS’ core mission to represent the environmental NGOs (ENGOs) within the European Standardisation Bodies. “Representation” in that sense has two aspects:
- Representing ENGOs in the technical bodies of CEN and CENELEC and contributing technical environmental expertise and positions in the standards development process,
- Representing ENGOs in the governance structure of CEN and CENELEC.
2. ECOS is a “liaison organisation” to several technical committees and sub-committees of ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and IEC, the International Electrotechnical Commission.
3. ECOS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ANEC, the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (EC Register Identification Number: 507800799-30).
4. ECOS is an umbrella organisation founded to represent ENGOs in technical processes such as standardisation. Therefore some of its member organisations are networks themselves, such as WWF-EPO, T&E, EEB, FoEE etc, all registered in the EC Transparency Register.
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ECOS is committed to transparency about EU interest representation. ECOS believes that this register fails basic transparency standards and that it does not provide EU lobbying transparency. When registering, we have therefore chosen to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, to provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU that reflect the advice of professionals working on lobby transparency as well as relevant aspects of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our lobbying expenses, and a complete list of anyone who, in the name or on behalf of ECOS carries out activities with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.