Newsletter Bureau Veritas CODDE – January 2010

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					      Newsletter Bureau Veritas CODDE – January 2010

THIS MONTH                        Season’s Greetings
                                                                 from CODDE Bureau Veritas team
Cosmetics and the
environment          Page 2

European ecolabel
                       Page 3

Innovative solutions for
ecodesign of textile products

Feedback on Pollutec
Congress in Paris
                       Page 4


 Bureau Veritas
                                16th SETAC Europe LCA Case Studies Symposium, February 1-2, 2010 -
    CODDE                       Poznan, Poland.
                                "From simplified LCA to advanced LCA". The scope and main objective of the
                                symposium is to highlight the research results of studies coming also from Central
                                and Eastern Europe countries

                                European Biowaste Forum, February 16-17, 2010, Brussels, Belgium.
                                Complying with European regulations to minimise the environmental impact of

                                European Green Trading Congress 2010, February 1-2, 2010, London, UK.
                                Following immediately after the Copenhagen climate change meeting, the
                                European Green Trading Congress 2010 will be one of the first industry meetings
                                where delegates can evaluate key outcomes from Copenhagen and begin to
                                consider how these outcomes will directly impact on carbon trading strategies and
                                back office operations.

Bureau Veritas CODDE            10th International Automotive Recycling Congress, March 3-5, 2010, Basel,
170 Rue de Chatagnon            Switzerland
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                            Cosmetics and the environment

The cosmetics industry is starting to be involved in green projects. Until now, the eco-design approach was
not habitual in this activity. Following to the French “Grenelle of the Environment”, a working group, issued
from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and AFNOR Group, is working on
an environmental labelling dedicated to Health and Beauty products. This project should lead to an increase
in eco-design approaches.

What is a cosmetic product?
Cosmetic products are divided into different categories:
    •   Health and Beauty (shampoos, soaps, shower gels, deodorants, toothpaste)
    •   Make-up and Perfume
    •   Care products (creams, lotions, serums, baby products, sun protections...)
    •   Hair products (hair care, hair coloring)

Examples of Ecodesign and Cosmetics approaches:
In response to strong demand from consumers and to differentiation
needs in business, environmental approaches have emerged in the
cosmetics industry. However, companies of Cosmetic industry
occasionally carry environmental actions. There is no common project
developed between companies. The approach of the environmental
labelling platform should lead to cosmetics ecodesign approaches
The current initiatives are principally focussed on packaging: reducing
the packaging weight, designing products with environment-friendly or
recycled materials.
Other environmental efforts focus on reducing the mass of content, logistic optimisation (product directly sent
to retailers, remove the distribution centers, reduce the distance of truck transport, favour the boat transport).
Some companies undertake a global approach and define an environmental charter including good practices
and environmental criteria that suppliers have to consider.

REACH European Directive and ecodesign regulations
A cosmetic product put on the French market must comply with several regulations such as:

    •   The Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) relating to cosmetic products. This Directive establishes a list
    of more than 1,300 prohibited substances and maximum allowable concentrations for ingredients ;
    •   French Code of Public Health, Article L5131-2 on cosmetic products ;
    •  REACH: registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances applied to the
    manufacture, marketing and use of these substances.
The implementation of the REACH European Directive allows some traceability of ingredients in cosmetic
products. The person responsible for putting the product on the market has a better visibility of the product
life cycle and will facilitate the eco-design implementation and the life cycle assessment in the conception of
a cosmetic product including more than packaging analysis and improvement.

                                        European ecolabel

The European ecolabel is a mark which allowed differentiating of more environment-friendly products.
This brand has arisen from the growing information need from the consumers on the ecological quality of the
products they consume. The ecolabel guarantees that the producer meets specifications including
environmental criteria. These specifications aim to reduce the product’s environmental impacts while keeping
its use capacity.
Specifications are defined by categories of products and their conformity is delivered by a certifying agency.
In France, the AFNOR Certification was chosen to be the European Ecolabel delivery organism.

The ecolabel, also called Type 1 Environmental Declaration, is based on principles and
methods defined by the ISO 14020: 2000 (environmental labels and declarations) and
ISO 14024: 1999 (Type I environmental labelling - Principles and procedures) standards.
This approach is initiated by manufacturers, suppliers or providers and can constitute an
interesting sign of differentiation towards the competition.

The EU ecolabel was established in 1992 to encourage the manufacturers to produce in
a more responsible way.

Specifications to get the ecolabel are strict. The environmental criteria of this label are based on products
Life Cyle Analysis.

The initial objectives of the ecolabel are mainly:

    •   To reduce the impact of products on the environment throughout the life cycle (as for example
        reduce the impact on the aquatic circles or still avoid the discharge of harmful products for the
        human health)

    •   To inform the consumer for an effective use of products, by reducing as much as possible his
        incidence on the environment.

The European Commission proceeds to regular updates of the environmental criteria in order to meet these
objectives and to maintain the Eu ecolabel as a label of ecological excellence.

Examples of European ecolabel products categories:

Nowadays, 50 categories of products or services are eligible to European ecolabel, dont 10 sont en révision
et 4 supplémentaires en développement. Parmi eux nous comptons :

            o    cleaning products (cleaners, soap, shampoo)
            o    clothing and household linen
            o    Electrical domestic appliances (refrigerator, TV, dishwasher, vacuum cleaner…)
            o    office automation (laptops, toners)
            o    stationery and paper
            o    …

More information (an AFNOR Certification website)

Innovative solutions for ecodesign of textile products

CODDE Bureau Veritas is working on the development of ecodesign innovative solutions for textile products.
Marie de Saxcé joined CODDE Bureau Veritas team in December 2009 to carry this project. Marie graduated
a master degree in textile engineering (in the ENSAIT Engineering School) and has expertise in textile
manufacturing processes and chemical treatments. She is preparing a PhD in association with the GEMTEX
laboratory. She’s working on the Ecodesign of textile products and is in charge of the development of
ecodesign methodologies in this sector.
Marie’s research will help her to define specificities of textile product life cycle, to identify environmental
legislation, regulation and initiatives about textile products, and to discover motivations and brakes that
influence priorities related to environmental impacts of textile products.
The aim is to develop a methodology to integrate a specific interface for textile products into EIME, the eco-
design and life cycle analysis tool of CODDE Bureau Veritas.

Learn more
GEMTEX laboratory:

Feedback on…
Pollutec Event

                                                            CODDE Bureau Veritas team met you on the
                                                            Bureau Veritas Group both during Pollutec event,
                                                            the international event on “Today's exhibition for
                                                            tomorrow's solutions to environmental and
                                                            economic challenges” that held in Paris from 1st
                                                            to 4th of December.

                                                        Businesses and Environment Awards:
                                                        distinction for Aubrilam
                                                        Businesses and Environment Awards are
                                                        dedicated to reward for the companies that have
                                                        adopted particularly effective environmental
                                                        approaches designed to control and reduce the
                                                        impact of their activities and/or products and
                                                        services on the environment. There are different
                                                        categories: sustainable development ecoproduct,
management and projects for sustainable development, international cooperation for sustainable
For year 2009, 8 laureates have been granted for their innovative projects in sustainable development.
Aubrilam, supported by CODDE Bureau Veritas for several ecodesign projects, has received a special
mention in ecoproduct category for the “Moshi” wooden public lighting mast.

Learn more