05 February 2021

ECOS Annual Work Programme 2021 is published: A year to shape our green recovery

In 2021, we will focus our efforts on calling for the sustainability and circularity of all products, reliable green claims for consumers, a phase-out of fossil fuels in heating and a boost to the uptake of natural refrigerants. Read our work programme and learn more about our plans for 2021.

2021 will see our 20th anniversary. For two decades, ECOS has been breaking down the barriers between standardisation work, environmental policy and legislation, and environmental NGOs.

But 2021 will be more than just a celebration. It will be a pivotal year to address environmental emergencies. Hopefully, it will also be a year of a green and just recovery, after one of the most challenging social and economic crises of our time. Decisions made this year will shape the way our environment, society and economy look for a generation. More than ever, we have an opportunity to stimulate our economy to become clean, green, climate neutral, and circular.

At the European level, for instance, the European Green Deal and its underpinning initiatives, such as the Circular Economy Action Plan, already provide an economic vision based on the principles of sustainability and solidarity. The Circular Economy Action Plan foresees a plethora of initiatives to drive the economic and environmental transition: the Sustainable Product Policy Framework, the Circular Electronics Initiative, an EU Strategy for Textiles, a Strategy for a Sustainable Built Environment, and the Framework for Batteries.

ECOS is uniquely positioned to successfully impact the technical aspects of regulations and standards which will be part of these initiatives. We will work to influence the publication of ambitious proposals from policymakers, applying ecodesign principles to a wide range of economic sectors.

Our activities in key policy areas will also impact the standardisation system. We will collaborate with international standardisation organisations, advocating for a significant improvement in protecting the environment, in inclusiveness at both the technical and strategic level, as well as for progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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