APO conducts Capacity-Building Workshop on Ecolabelling for its member countries
March 2012

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), an inter-governmental network that promotes productivity development, held its "APO Capacity Building Workshop on Type 1 Ecolabelling" last March 5-7, 2012 at the Vic3 Hotel, Phaya District, Bangkok, Thailand. The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), which is the country’s National Productivity Office sent Engr. Maureen Grace Lebria of PCEPSDI to be the Philippine delegate for this workshop.

For the first time in APO history, the regional organization worked with the Department of Technology, Industry and Economy of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and jointly organized this workshop which aims to provide technical training and assistance for the development of national Type I ecolabelling scheme based on the ISO 14024 standard.

The APO Capacity-building Workshop on Type I Ecolabelling, in partnership with other international institutions such as the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) and Thailand Environmental Institute (TEI) brought together representatives of selected member countries of both the APO and UNEP who are currently involved in the development or operation of national type I ecolabelling programs in their countries. International experts from Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Sweden, and Thailand , gave valuable presentations on trends, experiences, best practices and insights to guide the participants through detailed aspects of establishing and operating a national type I ecolabelling program, including the development of certification criteria, conducting life cycle assessments, quality management, and marketing strategies.

"Valuable learning sessions and exchanges during the workshop should be maintained to exchange/build programs," noted one delegate in attendance. The APO intends to continue seeking other opportunities to provide its member countries with assistance and support in ecolabelling and certification efforts.

APO country economies pledge to assist each other in their productivity drives in a spirit of mutual cooperation by sharing knowledge, information, and experience. It is open to countries in Asia and the Pacific which are members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). Its current membership is 20 economies, comprising the countries Bangladesh, Cambodia, Republic of China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Related Source: Apo News, May-June 2012 issue)