Trade Impact of Life Cycle Analysis in Multi-Attribute Certification Programs for Flooring Materials and Plumbing Fixtures in Five Focus APEC Member Economies

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Trade Impact of Life Cycle Analysis in Multi-Attribute Certification Programs for Flooring Materials and Plumbing Fixtures in Five Focus APEC Member Economies

Publication Number

APEC#212-CT-01.4

Published Date

February 2012

Type of Publication

Reports

Publications Under

CTI Sub-Fora & Industry Dialogues Groups, Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance(SCSC)

Accessed

14894

Pages

75

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Description

This study provides an analysis of the trade impact of life cycle analysis in multiattribute certification programs for flooring materials and plumbing fixtures.

Key objectives of this case study are to:
• Raise awareness of existing “green” standards, conformity assessment procedures, or codes being developed internationally, in advance of regulation
• Understand which APEC economies use voluntary or mandatory programs for “green” commercial construction and their similarities and differences
• Discuss how member economies may cooperate on the development of standards, conformity assessment and codes that underpin these policies, with a view to facilitating trade and avoiding technical barriers.

1. Background

2. Overview of LCA Tools in Focus APEC Economies

3. Multiattribute LCA Certification Programs in Focus APEC Economies

4. Emerging Multiattribute LCA Certification Programs in Other APEC Economies

5. Standards and Certification Programs in Focus APEC Economies Expanding to Other Markets

6. Trade Impact of Standards and Certification Programs

7. Recommendations