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Guest Blog – Promoting the Business Case for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:17 pm, December 7th, 2016Comments0

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The Global Product Stewardship Council periodically invites thought leaders on product stewardship and producer responsibility to contribute guest blogs. Our guest blogger for this post is Dr Helen Lewis, Principal of Helen Lewis Research and author of Product Stewardship in Action.

 

Product stewardship is often promoted as an environmental strategy for companies, or as an effective public policy solution to the costs of waste and recycling.

During my research and in-depth discussions with industry practitioners over the past few years, the broader benefits and value of product stewardship to business have become clear. Companies that understand the environmental and social impacts of their products; engage with stakeholders through genuine and open dialogue; and then implement appropriate strategies; can create shared value for themselves and their stakeholders. This applies whether the company is taking individual action or collaborating with industry peers.

Product stewardship in action: the business case for lifecycle thinking (Greenleaf UK) builds on my own experiences in eco-design, recycling and product stewardship. It would not have been possible, however, without the generosity of those I interviewed. Russ Martin, CEO of the GlobalPSC, supported this project from the beginning, provided useful information and insights, and connected me to local and international practitioners.

GlobalPSC members feature in some of the detailed case studies, including Call2Recycle (batteries and mobile phones), Vinyl Council of Australia (PVC packaging, medical products, flooring etc.), TechCollect (TVs and computers) and Close the Loop (printer cartridges). Other members, such as the Product Stewardship Institute, Product Stewardship Society, Dell, CalRecycle, Australian Packaging Covenant, Perchards Limited and PETCO, are also included as either mini-case studies or interviews.

My heartfelt thanks to all of the people who contributed their time, knowledge and insights to the project. GlobalPSC members can purchase the book at a 30% discount – please email Russ Martin for details.

 

Stewardship 2014

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:54 pm, January 20th, 2014Comments0

 

 

Stewardship 2014, hosted by the Product Stewardship Society, is bringing together prominent product stewardship professionals to present and discuss global emerging issues, case studies, practical experiences, and new developments. Designed from the ground up by top level leaders in product stewardship, Stewardship 2014 focuses on the core competencies that every product stewardship professional needs to know. Stewardship 2014 will focus on:

  • emerging chemical regulatory issues
  • emerging articles regulations
  • emerging product stewardship issues
  • product stewardship risk assessments
  • emerging extended producer responsibility requirements
  • product stewardship management systems
  • value chain/supply

Learn more and register here.

GlobalPSC Member – Product Stewardship Society

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:49 pm, December 3rd, 2013Comments4

 

 

 

The Product Stewardship Society provides resources, professional development, and networking opportunities to individuals who have a role in product stewardship and sustainability.

The mission of the Product Stewardship Society is to enable professionals involved in the practice of product stewardship to promote responsible design, development and management of products throughout their life cycle

Founded in 2011, the Product Stewardship Society is an affiliate of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®).​​​​​

Australian Chemical Notification Requirements and Broader Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:46 pm, November 25th, 2013Comments0

On 29 October 2013, GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin presented as part of a professional development course on Product Registration Requirements in Asia Pacific during the Asia Pacific OH Conference 2013 in Singapore. The conference was led by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and recently-formed Product Stewardship Society (PSS).

The presentation details Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), which provides an integrated national approach for identifying and assessing industrial chemical entities (not products). Specific topics on NICNAS and product stewardship include:

  • development, context and current structure of NICNAS, including registration and assessment requirements;
  • overview of the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS);
  • prioritisation and assessment of chemicals of concern under the new Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) process;
  • interaction with producer responsibility and notification requirements including the European Commission’s REACH requirements; and
  • interaction with other international counterparts.

The presentation is now available in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members, under the Chemicals and Chemical Containers category.

Evolving Nature of Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:41 pm, October 31st, 2013Comments0

By Russ Martin, GlobalPSC CEO

Our current travels are reinforcing the evolving nature of product stewardship. After recently highlighting the evolution of established programs in Canada, we are now seeing evolution of New Zealand’s e-scrap program and the need to better understand how the chemical industry and related players are viewing product stewardship globally.

Product Stewardship from a Risk and Hazard Perspective

I am currently in Singapore for the Asia Pacific OH Conference led by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and recently-formed Product Stewardship Society (PSS).

As part of a professional development course, I presented on Australia’s chemical assessment and notification requirements in addition to outlining global developments in product stewardship. The presentation will be made available for members on the GlobalPSC Knowledge Base.

The GlobalPSC is a supporter of the event as part of our ongoing outreach within the Asia Pacific region. It also provides an excellent opportunity to better understand regulatory approaches within Asia and to see firsthand how chemical industry giants such as BASF, ExxonMobil Chemical, Shell and others view and implement a version of product stewardship that is different than what most of our colleagues traditionally consider to be product stewardship.

We have long said that product stewardship encompasses broader sustainability issues and entire supply chains. Considerable resources are being directed to a form of product stewardship that is focused on toxicity, risk assessments, hazard reduction and notification requirements that can span 30-40,000 or more products, such as the European REACH requirements.

Fundamental commercial issues such as ability to introduce products into global markets are hot topics of conversation. The focus is not necessarily on traditional considerations such as end of life management, product recovery and costs to local waste management and recycling programs. While ‘our version’ of product stewardship may seem to pale in significance when billions of dollars are at stake, as we see the continued evolution of supply chains there are potential impacts on material substitution, hazards and toxicity (some of the traditional concerns of producer responsibility) that warrant bringing these different views of product stewardship together. We are actively exploring areas of collaboration with the AIHA and PSS to help do so.

We will be providing more detailed analysis of this event for GlobalPSC members, in addition to highlights from next week’s discussions in Taiwan and Electronics Recycling Asia the following week back here in Singapore.

New Zealand Update

One of the GlobalPSC’s longest-serving members, WasteMINZ, conducts an annual conference that serves as the main gathering of the waste and recycling industry in New Zealand. While product stewardship has been a regular theme, its importance was highlighted more in this year’s event than in the previous several years the GlobalPSC has participated.

This year, we were invited to speak on e-scrap, global developments in product stewardship and voluntary vs. regulatory approaches to product stewardship. Interest in the topic and the importance of GlobalPSC members was especially evident in that speakers also included GlobalPSC members Lion, Infoactiv, Sustainability Victoria, eDay New Zealand Trust and 3R Group. In addition, Liz Goodwin of the UK’s WRAP program joined us, and the New Zealand Ministry for Environment was well evident in attendance.

To date, the New Zealand government has focused on a voluntary approach to product stewardship, featuring the accreditation of nine programs to date. In addition, the government has provided funding to assist in the establishment of collection points for e-scrap and a public education campaign on the program’s availability for consumers.

However, pressure has continued to build for a more traditional product stewardship approach for e-scrap in New Zealand. The GlobalPSC and several members, including recycler TES-AMM, were asked to participate in initial discussions on such an approach and to share lessons from the development and implementation of Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme as well as other international programs.

A New Zealand approach won’t necessarily be easy, but it is doable. Australia’s hurdles of low population and market influence, recovery volumes and high logistics costs are further exacerbated in New Zealand. However, a shared e-scrap standard with Australia and key players active in both countries provide a good basis for collaboration. A fresh approach to actively engaging these key stakeholders, improving on some pre-existing relationships, moving forward from the blame game and building upon existing infrastructure and material flows will be essential first steps.

Priority Product Stewardship

We are seeing an especially strong response from members and other interested parties to the priority product stewardship workshop that the GlobalPSC is holding 18 November in Australia. The workshop features GlobalPSC members PaintCare, Call2Recycle and the Product Care Association. Panel participants will also include GlobalPSC members representing the Australian paint industry and the state governments leading efforts to develop product stewardship initiatives for batteries and paint, Queensland and Victoria, respectively.

We’ll have speakers from four countries addressing paint, batteries, household hazardous waste and a range of other products as part of the GlobalPSC’s facilitation of national product stewardship approaches for batteries and paint in Australia. We are lucky to have these global leaders on product recovery making themselves available to share their insights as Australia seeks to evolve several product stewardship initiatives.

Thanks to our principal speakers and other members TES-AMM and DHL Supply Chain, we can make the workshop available at no charge for GlobalPSC members. However, registration is necessary so let us know if you’ll be able to join us.

 

AIHA 2013 Asia-Pacific Conference Singapore 29-31 October

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:00 am, June 27th, 2013Comments4

 

 

 

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Product Stewardship Society will host the third annual Asia Pacific OH Conference + Exhibition from 29–31 October in Singapore at the Raffles City Convention Centre (RCCC). The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to be a Supporting Organisation for the event.

The 2013 Asia Pacific OH Conference + Exhibition is a must-attend event for any mid- or senior-level occupational health/hygiene, industrial hygiene, product stewardship and sustainability, or environmental health and safety professional who is dedicated to enhancing their careers and advancing their profession. The conference offers attendees opportunities to network and discuss the latest industry trends and findings with their peers while learning practical applications to manage occupational hygiene/environmental health and safety or product stewardship issues at the workplace.

The main conference programme will be divided into two tracks: a Stewardship & Sustainability track and a Technical Track covering a wide range of industry topics including noise, ergonomics, risk assessment, and respiratory protection. The two tracks will be bridged by a platform of sessions led by key opinion leaders representing multinational corporations as well as policy makers from around the world. On 29 October, AIHA will also offer three Professional Development Courses (PDCs) on noise control engineering, ergonomics, and product registration requirements in Asia Pacific. The full programme, session descriptions and speaker biographies can be viewed on the conference website.

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