ECOS is a non-profit organisation working to promote environmental aspects in the development of standards and specifications at European and international level, especially those produced in support of EU environmental laws and policies. ECOS’ vision is a clean and healthy environment where people live in respect of the planet and its natural resources, preserving them for future generations. Our 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. To this end, ECOS defends the environmental interests in the standards development process at European and international level. In particular, we contribute to the evaluation of standardisation needs and the standards’ development or revision process through providing legal and technical expertise. ECOS particularly focuses on standards developed to support European environmental legislation and policies.
With the support of over 40 environmental NGOs across Europe as members, ECOS is the only environmental organisation worldwide specialised in standardisation and technical product policies.
ECOS is a Partner Organisation the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC), and a member of the European
Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). ECOS is also a liaison organisation to several technical
committees of the international standardisation organisations, ISO and IEC.
ECOS is involved in over 60 technical committees within these organisations and participates, mainly through experts, in the standards development work.
Role in the Project
ECOS is the sole environmental citizen organisation participating in the project consortium. Beyond horizontal contribution to the development of project tasks and bringing the purely environmental perspective to assessment of deliverables, ECOS will contribute directly to tasks relating to gap analysis of existing mechanisms, definition of sustainability requirements of the scheme to be developed, development of verification procedures within the scheme, development of methodology and planning of pilots, and work on the roadmap for the long-term sustainability of the scheme to be developed. ECOS will also deliver communications activities, and will contribute to stakeholder participation activities development and delivery.