Eco Stan­dard wins city en­dorse­ment

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

ECO STAN­DARD SA (Essa), es­tab­lished last year by Rayne Neave, is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that awards ac­cred­i­ta­tion to com­pa­nies and prod­ucts seek­ing recog­ni­tion for their good en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tice and for meet­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­te­ria that com­ply with in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised stan­dards.

The cred­i­bil­ity of Essa has now been re­in­forced by an en­dorse­ment from the City of Cape Town.

“It is known coun­try­wide that the city has set high stan­dards for en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance be­cause it in­tends to be one of the first truly ‘sus­tain­able’ cities in Africa, op­er­at­ing on en­vi­ron­men­tally ac­cept­able prin­ci­ples – which in­cludes the use of non-pol­lut­ing en­ergy sources,” said Neave.

“All Eco Stan­dard’s as­sess­ment cri­te­ria have been ap­proved by the City of Cape Town as cred­i­ble, and this recog­ni­tion of the ini­tia­tive will re­in­force the mes­sage that prod­uct and ser­vice trans­parency is im­per­a­tive if con­sumers are to self-reg­u­late the in­dus­try.”

Over the past year Eco Stan­dard has de­vel­oped as­sess­ment cri­te­ria for the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories:

Eco Ex­cel­lence, for out­stand­ing all-round en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices.

Eco Prod­uct, for prod­ucts that are en­vi­ron­men­tally ben­e­fi­cial.

Eco Ethic, for good en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial prac­tice.

Eco Con­trac­tor, for contractors who run their or­gan­i­sa­tions on an en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment plan.

Eco Stan­dard is now work­ing to as­sist cer­tain cor­po­rate re­tail chains to re­duce their en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact by as­sess­ing and as­sur­ing that all build­ing ma­te­rial sup­pli­ers and ser­vices used in any new stores meet the or­gan­i­sa­tions’ en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

“The task is al­ways com­pre­hen­sive – it in­volves see­ing that all their sup­pli­ers com­ply with ac­cept­able en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards and all ap­pli­cants un­dergo thor­ough as­sess­ments and third-party site au­dits,” said Neave.

Eco Stan­dard’s third-party au­di­tors are Jef­fares & Green, en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tists and tech­ni­cal en­gi­neers.

Call Neave on 021 685 3040 or email rayne@eco­stan­

CAPTION: Rayne Neave of Eco Stan­dard SA

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