CSA Group launches program to help organizations disclose environmental performance of products

TORONTO, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - CSA Group, a leading North American standards development organization and a key contributor to a number of globally-adopted and recognized environmental standards, today announces that it will provide services as a Product Category Rules (PCR) Program Operator.

"As a PCR Program Operator, CSA Group has expanded its sustainability portfolio to provide services to organizations and industries that are seeking to provide greater transparency on the environmental impact and performance of their products and services," says Inga Hipsz, Director of Sustainability Standards, CSA Group. "Today's announcement showcases the breadth and scope of CSA Group's core competencies and serves as further evidence of our commitment toward becoming the globally-recognized leader in environmental standards development, enhancing  safety, social good, and sustainability."

As a PCR Program Operator, CSA Group will work with stakeholders to help ensure transparency and consensus throughout the development of a given set of PCRs. Manufacturers use PCRs to create Type III Environmental Product Declarations that disclose the environmental performance of products over their life cycle - including measurement of carbon footprint and energy consumption.

Approaching 100 years of knowledge and experience in developing standards, training and advisory solutions, as well as global testing and certification capabilities, CSA Group is able to provide proven and reputable services to organizations and industries seeking an internationally-recognized neutral third party to facilitate the development of their PCRs.

Through its role as the International Secretariat for the ISO/ TC 207 Environmental Management committee on behalf of the Standards Council of Canada (which includes the ISO 14020 and 14040 series of standards), CSA Group has invaluable access to industry professionals that are able to provide in-depth insight and analysis of anticipated changes in future editions of such key environmental standards.

For more information on how to engage CSA Group as a Program Operator for your industry group, contact Valerie Madarasz, Business Development Manager, at valerie.madarasz@csagroup.org or 877-235-9791 Ext. 88396; or go to www.csagroup.org

About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability.  Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous locations and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services.  The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide.   For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org


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Anthony Toderian
Manager, Corporate Affairs
CSA Group


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