Who we are

ECOS is the only environmental organisation worldwide specialised in standardisation. We are an international network of members sharing a vision of a clean and healthy environment where people live in respect of the planet and its natural resources, preserving them for future generations.

ECOS, the European Environmental Citizen’s Organisation for Standardisation, promotes and defends environmental interests in the development of standards at European and international level, as well as in the development of technical environmental product policies. Thanks to nearly 20 years of experience and a strong network of members and experts, our role in these processes is highly valued and widely recognised.

ECOS is officially recognised in the EU as one of the four organisations whose work is supported to ensure standards serve society and that the European Standardisation System in legitimate. We closely cooperate with the European standardisation organisations (CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI), as well as their international counterparts (ISO and IEC).

Our Mission

ECOS aims to influence the development of ambitious standardisation, legislation and political strategies to promote the transition to a clean and circular economy that respects planetary boundaries.

The ECOS legal statutes are available in French and in English.

Governance & Executive Committee

ECOS is managed by an Executive Committee composed of representatives from its member organisations, and in some cases independent members. The members of the Executive Committee are elected by the Annual General Assembly for one year and meet three to five times per year. The Executive Committee provide strategic direction to the Secretariat.

Each year the Executive Committee propose policy and strategic objectives as well as the annual work programme and budget for the following year to be approved by the General Assembly, as well as preparing the annual accounts for the previous year.

The day-to-day management of ECOS is provided by the Executive Director, supported the Executive Management Team and the Secretariat.

Executive Committee members are:

  • President: Greg Archer, Transport and Environment (T&E), EU
  • Vice President: Emilie Carmichael, Energy Savings Trust, UK
  • Treasurer: Gianmarco Santirocco, Individual capacity
  • Robert Brett, Individual capacity
  • Francisco Ferreira, ZERO, Portugal
  • Marion Hasper Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)/German environmental NGOs coordination network for standardisation (KNU), Germany
  • Meletis Fouskaris, ECOCITY, Greece
  • Patrick ten Brink, The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), EU

Our Experts

ECOS works with a unique network of experts, including academics and consultants, who share our goals and values. They provide us with technical expertise and represent our views in European or international technical processes. The ECOS secretariat selects the experts based on strict criteria, following public calls for experts.

A generic call for experts can be found here, while all open calls are listed at the bottom of this page.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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