The Program Operator Consortium has added two members and an enhanced technical advisory board. CSA Group is now a member, while thinkstep is the group’s first affiliate member.
This marks the first anniversary of the consortium, which launched last year to provide simpler, standardized, and more useful environmental-product transparency solutions and to reduce complexity in the marketplace. The consortium serves as an expert resource and advocate for creating product category rules (PCRs), reviewing life cycle assessment reports (LCAs), and verifying and publishing environmental product declarations (EPDs).
CSA Group, a Canadian standards development organization, joins existing members of the consortium: ASTM International, ICC-Evaluation Service, NSF Sustainability, SCS Global Services, and Sustainable Minds.
“CSA Group is pleased to be joining the Program Operator Consortium and working together to ensure EPDs and PCRs are developed in a consistent fashion, following ISO standards and industry best practice, in order to showcase a product’s true environmental impact,” says Michael Leering, the organization’s director of sustainability.
The first affiliate member of the consortium is thinkstep, a software, data, and environmental-consulting services company that works with 40% of the Fortune 500.
“Standardizing the PCR and EPD creation process is essential to lowering costs and scaling up the use of products that reduce environmental impact,” says Nuno da Silva, thinkstep’s director of product sustainability. “We’re delighted to contribute our expertise to this effort.”
The Affiliate Member Program was recently created for industry associations, government agencies, standards developers, consultants, and data providers to have access to expertise from a like-minded community. The free program also provides education, discounted rates, and a seat at the table to contribute to creating uniformity across environmental-reporting formats, data requirements, and communication.
The first comprehensive catalog of North American PCRs and an aggregated catalog of EPDs from members’ programs are available at programoperators.org.