IEC tackles greenwashing with IECQ service

IEC tackles greenwashing with IECQ service

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By Nick Flaherty

The IEC standards body is offering an environmental service from trusted, independent inspection and certification bodies to tackle greenwashing, or false environmental claims.

The IEC Quality Assessment System (IECQ) operates across more than 40 countries and now verifies environmental claims based on internationally recognized, standardized methodologies and best practice.

Environmental claims by private organizations are facing increasing scrutiny with accusations of greenwashing on the rise. Often claims by companies are based on proprietary methodology that is not independently verified and can’t be easily compared. The European Union has been cracking down on greenwashing claims, and the electronics industry is pushing science-based targets for its climate sustainability consortium through the Semi group. 

The IECQ services focus on hazardous substances process management, environmentally conscious design (ecodesign) and carbon footprint declaration verification under ISO 14067. This provide industries with independent verification that offers transparency and helps increase trust for environmental claims by regulators, public interest groups and consumers.

The certification and verification services offered by the IECQ provide manufacturers and service providers with independent certification or verification based on International Standards and specifications. 

Initially introduced for the electronics industry, IECQ has made these services adaptable and customizable, allowing them to be effectively implemented across diverse electrotechnical or related industries such as energy, communications, healthcare and transport.

“The decision to deliver these services more broadly, was approved by the IEC Conformity Assessment Board on 22 October in the context of the annual IEC General Meeting. They directly address the need to clearly and transparently demonstrate more sustainable practices across various industries and to instil confidence across international markets that products meet world-class standards for quality and sustainable practices”, says Chris Agius, IECQ Executive Secretary.

All IECQ certificates and verification statements are publicly accessible on the IECQ centralized online certificate system. “Having it all in one place enables manufacturers and service providers to easily demonstrate authenticity in real time and is available for instant public checking and confirmation”, added Agius.


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