Founded by EEB, WWF Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, BirdLife International, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening and France Nature Environnement, we start our work as a technical NGO tasked to defend environmental interests in standardisation. Our small team works closely with a network of experts, translating environmental thinking into technical language.
ECOS is accepted as an Associate Member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and is granted its first observer role in the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) working group on Environmental Standardisation.
The first version of the ISO standard on Environmental Management Systems is adopted, paving the way for companies to uphold their environmental responsibilities.
More members across Europe join our network, bringing us to 16 in total and making the environmental voice in standardisation stronger.
An important work area till this day, Life Cycle Assessment ensures a better understanding of the environmental impacts of products at all stages of their lifecycle.
We add Ecodesign & Energy Labelling legislation to our growing portfolio. A few years later, we will become the most influential NGO in the field, pushing towards better products through ambitious standards, policies and laws.
Thanks to our active involvement, IEC votes against a standard allowing toxic chemicals. Our work will later contribute to the exclusion of flame retardants from other standards by IEC & CENELEC.
We become co-leaders of a new coalition of environmental NGOs working to ensure that ecodesign and energy labelling truly work for Europeans and the environment.
The European Union decides to officially support underrepresented stakeholder groups – making room for an environmental voice at the table where standards are developed.
We help ensure that the transposition of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive to national levels is based on a common language and robust methodologies.
After seven years of discussion, the regulations are finally approved. Gradually applied from 2015, they contribute to CO2 emissions savings of about 80 Mt each year.
ECOS is now recognised as a so-called Annex III organisation, representing environmental interests in standardisation, as stipulated by EU law, and giving us the right to participate in all European Technical Committees.
Our advocacy for natural refrigerants will lead to important successes such as a new standard that will allow larger quantities of climate-friendly alternatives to damaging fluorinated gases in commercial refrigeration.
…thanks to our work on the Vademecum for European standardisation.
After years of standardisation work, ECOS welcomes the adoption of ISO 13065, to date the most comprehensive sustainability reporting framework for bioenergy.
As we demonstrate more and more tangible results, we start to increasingly push our technical expertise into the policy area.
Reiterating our commitment to work together with other stakeholders to improve the European Standardisation System and reinforce societal stakeholders’ participation.
Following the publication of the EU’s first Circular Economy Action Plan, we launch a new long-term programme on plastics and become part of the Break Free From Plastic movement.
With the launch of the AccESS project, we undertake unprecedented efforts to support our members’ participation in standardisation.
The new Energy Labelling Framework Regulation includes points on label rescaling and anti-circumvention, for which we heavily campaigned.
The standard specifying cement composition will be supplemented to include lower-carbon cements - a driving force for increased demand for greener alternatives.
ECOS joins forces with CEN-CENELEC, ANEC and ETUC in developing a free interactive online course on standards and standardisation processes.
Our technical input at every stage of the process was vital to raise the ambition of the new ecodesign rules, which will lead to more efficient, repairable and durable appliances.
Our influential report on applying ecodesign principles to plastic will later push the EU to decide to introduce ecodesign in more sectors, such as textiles or construction.
As co-founders of the Right to Repair campaign, we work to remove the barriers to repairing our products. We also play a critical role in shaping the ‘repair standard’.
The EN 4555X standard series will support the introduction of ecodesign requirements on material efficiency aspects such as repairability, durability or recyclability for a number of products, including fridges, dishwashers and washing machines.
We launch new programmes on construction, textiles, and sustainable finance.
ECOS secretariat grows to more than 20 staff members. Our network is also expanding, counting over 50 experts and 51 member organisations across the world.
We rebrand to ECOS - Environmental Coalition on Standards, with a fresh, modern look, fit for the years to come with our mission and brand reinforcing our outlook as an international environmental NGO.