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Meet the Dedicated and Passionate Product Assessors Behind Global GreenTag Cert TM Certification

Global GreenTag International’s team of product assessors are often found absorbed deeply in product information, toxicology reports, research papers, Life Cycle Inventory datasets and delving deep into global product supply chains. 

It is all in a day’s work for this dedicated team of expert product assessors.  Each are highly driven and focused in going about their specialised assessment processes and working with manufacturers and suppliers from around the world.  All of whom like our product assessors are committed to the journey of expanding the boundaries of sustainable materials development and production in order to bring green products across the line as third party certified and rated with Global GreenTag’s certification, declaration and verification processes.

David Baggs, Program Director of Global GreenTag CertTM and co-founder with Managing Director Mary-Lou Kelly of Global GreenTag International’s three Product Certification Standards, says:

“We are enormously proud of the team. Both the highly qualified core team of assessors at Global GreenTag International, who are led by lead product assessors Dr Nana Bortsie-Ayree and Dr Judy Luo and our associated team members who work specifically in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and as custodians of extensive and comprehensive Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) supply chain databases with the Evah Institute, that is led by Delwyn Jones a renowned Sustainability Scientist.

“The brains and experience trust represented by all members combined is staggering,” says David.

“They come from a wide range of scientific knowledge backgrounds, including from the fields of engineering, the sustainable built environment, materials specialisation, lead auditing and environmental sciences and management.”

“The momentum for ISO & EN standard certified products is growing and especially for advanced product certification programs that can be trusted,” David adds.

“GreenTag has become super busy in the last year as a result of this demand. We have welcomed major new agencies to handle the demand for Global GreenTag certification, including Mainland China and the Republic of Korea as more and more manufacturers are turning the tide to upgrade their processes to be more sustainable and release more and more greener products into the global market.   

“Plus we have some major new assessment projects coming up as well that we are all very excited about and the assessment team are looking forward to the challenge. We shall be talking about this very soon. Stay tuned!”   

MEET:

The Global GreenTag International Assessment Team

DR JUDY LUO

Lead Product Assessor,

Country Business Development Manager China

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Judy is the Product Assessment Team Leader and manages all China related business development activities. She has a Doctoral Degree in the field of Sustainability and Construction Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. READ MORE

DR NANA BORTSIE-ARYEE

Acting Lead Product Assessor,

EPD Program Manager, African Business Development

Nana manages the Global GreenTag Environmental Product Declaration Program andis responsible for overseeing Business Development in Eastern, Western and Northern Africa. He is a Sustainability and life cycle assessment (LCA) Specialist who is also a Product Assessor with a Master of Engineering in International Material Flow Management and Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Administration. He is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor.   READ MORE

SAPHY HAU

Product Assessor

Saphy  holds a Bsc in Energy Engineering and she has recently finished her Masters of Environmental Management majoring in Sustainable Development with three Dean’s commendations received during her studies. She is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor.  READ MORE

BAMBANG RIYADI KOPROTO

Product Assessor

Bambang holds a Master degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor Degree in Biological Science. He is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor.  READ MORE

ESTHER MA

Product Assessor

Esther holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, a Masters of Environmental Engineering Management and a Masters of Water Engineering. She is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor.  READ MORE

JILL JING

Product Assessor

Jill holds a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Engineering and Wastewater & Waste Engineering (UNSW) and is a qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor and brings her experience as an environmental consultant to Global GreenTag and a passion for sustainable development and Circular Economy thinking.  READ MORE

The Evah Institute LCA/LCI Team

DELWYN JONES

Founder and Director of Sustainability Assessment – Evah Institute

Delwyn works LCA with Global GreenTag on moving the boundaries of product assessment with GreenTag’s advanced certification program, LCARate™ She creates globally adopted sustainability benchmarks, databases, guidelines, specifications and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). READ MORE

DR LESLEY FRIEND

Lead Education Associate – Evah Institute

Lesley is Evah’s Lead Education Associate, who consults on sustainability pedagogy and education reform in diverse cultures. READ MORE

DR SHADIA MOAZZEM

The Evah Institute

Shadia is Evah’s newest Associate. Award-winning Dr Shadia Moazzem completed a PhD from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University in 2021. That work focused on LCA of textile supply chains and waste management.   READ MORE

DIRESHNI NAIKER

The Evah Institute

Direshni has been an Evah Associate since 2019 and is the Principal Consultant of Gaia Conscious Consulting. READ MORE

MATHILDE VLIEG

The Evah Institute

Mathilde is a MSc Industrial Ecology graduate from the TU Delft and University of Leiden in the Netherlands. READ MORE

MURRAY JONES

The Evah Institute

Murray manages Evah’s business and IT development and is an awardwinning business developer, with a BSc in Mathematics.  READ MORE

SHLOKA ASHAR

The Evah Institute

Shloka Ashar was instrumental in developing Evah’s founding life cycle benefit assessment methodologies and LCI databases for OpenLCA software. READ MORE

Products and Rating Tools: the changing landscape explained

Global GreenTag delivers another CPD point educational webinar on April 12 for Design Matters National

TIMES:

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide & Darwin -12.30-1.30pm, Perth 11:00-12:00pm

Design Matters National is an industry education organisation for Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assessors

Products and Rating Tools: the changing landscape explained uncovers how building projects are navigated using a sustainability compass. David who is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and CEO & Program Director for Global GreenTag International, explains how you can ensure that the products you specify into projects comply with leading building rating tools, including Green Star, WELL and LEED.  Learn how to:

  • Identify integrated design principles in a building project to select products that produce significant and beneficial outcomes using third-party certified, declared and verified products.
  • Compare leading project rating schemes and learn how to structure workloads to fit in with the different programs.
  • Discern quickly the differences between certified and uncertified products to improve your supply chain intelligence and procurement process.

Register for the event

Dulux helping customers and consumers to win in the “green” space

Rod Vockler, Technical Manager – Sustainability, Packaging & Quality at Dulux Australia engages with Global GreenTag International for an Opening Up interview about the paint manufacturer’s commitment to the development of green products.

Location: Dulux Australia Innovation Centre – Clayton, Victoria, Australia

What inspires you about Dulux Australia as a green focused product manufacturer?

At Dulux Australia both sustainability leadership & accountability is reinforced by the integration of sustainability considerations into our policies and decision making. This is underpinned by a culture that rewards and celebrates delivering sustainable products for our customers and consumers.

For Dulux Australia is not only about being first to market with leading green products but also helping our customers and consumers to win in the “green” space. There is a recognition and understanding within Dulux Australia that is not just one department who “owns” sustainability but many working together to deliver for our customers and consumers.

Staying at the forefront of technology and investing in research & development is fundamental to building sustainable solutions.

Dulux Australia is committed to the ongoing research and development of innovative products that reduce the environmental impact of our products, without affecting their outstanding performance. This is evident in our proactive shift from solvent-based products to water-based alternatives, and the introduction of Australia’s first low VOC paint in the early 1990’s.

From initiating sustainable business partnerships, through to products and even the actual clean-up stage, we are continually developing new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our products, without affecting their outstanding performance and the quality results that Australia’s professional and DIY painters have come to expect from Dulux.

How Important are having Global GreenTag product Certifications and Declarations for Dulux Australia – and Why?

Global GreenTag product certifications and declarations are very important for Dulux Australia. These provide an independently verified third party assessment of our product’s environmental or green credentials that we can use to communicate to our customers and consumers.

Our Dulux envirO2 range has obtained the highest level of certifications in GreenRate Level A and PHD HealthRate PlatinumHEALTH, which gives our customers and consumers the absolute confidence that they are choosing an environmentally responsible product that is better for their health and environment.

Further, the formal recognition of Global GreenTag by external green building schemes such as GreenStar, WELL and LEED assists us with our customers who are seeking products for compliance to these schemes.

Dulux Australia has had a long association with Global GreenTag going back to Eco-Specifier.

What would you like to see evolve or improve in the green building industry to ensure that green buildings or interior projects are met and exceeded?

Ideally, a wider uptake of green building standards and a continuation of development in this area. Evolution not necessarily revolution to get more people aligned to the benefits.

Practically all of the green building standards are highly technical and complex in nature. I would like to see better and clearer communications on the benefits of the application of these standards acknowledging the different audiences and their levels of understanding.

A lot of communications are geared towards people in the industry with pre-existing knowledge and not necessary the end users who occupy the building. Whilst it is an ongoing journey you know you have achieved a “win” when you hear more regular conversations in this space with occupants and visitors to green buildings.

From a product manufacturer’s perspective, it is critical to ensure transparency and absolute robustness around ensuring what green products are specified for the project are actually used in full without any substitutions or leakage. There are many stages and touch points between having the product specified and actually having it installed.

As a snapshot in this moment and time in 2021, what is it that you would like to share about what you are doing in your office space or home environment that you feel bears testimony that you are living and working sustainably?

Given we are working under COVID these unfortunate times has had the impact of bringing about a lower environmental impact in the office working space due to the increased prevalence of working from home. This of course puts more environmental pressures from the home perspective that need to be kept in check. Personally, recycling at home is big focus where I try to lead by example with family and friends as well as using any appropriate opportunity to bring up the sustainability in daily conversations.

As I have been involved in Sustainability for over 15 years in professional life I can definitely say that sustainability is both a sub-conscious and conscious part of my decision making process. The execution of every decision has some impact on the environment.

Rod Vockler – Dulux Australia, 2021

Thank you Rod !

Global GreenTag International Partners with BRE to roll out Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard for Australia

Global GreenTag International is moving quickly to help activate Australia’s first ever Modern Slavery Act with the development of a new company assessment tool for Australia that will help to eliminate possibilities of trafficking or slavery in product supply chains and aid tracking and reporting.

In partnership with BRE, the UK based, international, multi-disciplinary building science centre, Global GreenTag International is developing a localised version of BRE’s pioneering Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (ELS) and associated product assessment process – ahead of the anticipated enactment of the Commonwealth of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act and in light of the enactment of the New South Wales Government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018.

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director for Global GreenTag said, “Global GreenTag is partnering with BRE to bring a mature ELS tool to Australia at a time when Modern Slavery legislation has been enacted in NSW and is likely to be introduced federally later this year or next year. We have been engaging with BRE from the time that we formally supported the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017. It is already something Global GreenTag does at a product level and we want to be able to support companies, verifiers and the industry in general to engage with the new legislation in as cost efficient a manner possible. This collaboration will certainly do that.”

Nigel Jones, Team Leader – Sustainable Products at BRE said “The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard for Australia will enable any organisation to demonstrate to customers, partners and other stakeholders, their commitment to eliminating any possibility of trafficking or slavery in their supply chain. It will enable companies to go beyond compliance with the outlined reporting requirements of the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 which was introduced to the Australian Parliament at the end of June”.

The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard has been created to recognise those who wish to seek third party assurance of their responsible and ethical business practices and provide a maturity pathway for continuous improvement.

The Standard specifies the requirements for organisational management to demonstrate an on-going commitment to the principles of ethical labour sourcing as part of a holistic framework. The framework comprises criteria for evaluating the maturity of the performance of the organisation under twelve issues. The overall verification is not based on an aggregation of the levels of maturity in these issues, but is based on a commitment to improve through an agreed set of objectives.

Participation in the standard can be achieved through self-assessment or to a more robust level using third party verification through the easy-to-use online ELS platform.

David Baggs (left) signs agreements with Shamir Ghumra, Director of BREEAM and Sustainable Products at BRE in the UK last month – to develop the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (ELS) for Australia and for the Licence to enable BRE to deliver the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ program for construction products in the UK and Western Europe.

 

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning Type 1 (Third Party) Ecolabelling, Product Certification, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product health Declaration (PhD) program operator based in Australia, but with offices and representation also in South Africa, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and Malaysia. Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International, EarthCheck®, Green Star®, LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

For further information, about Global GreenTag, or to organise an interview with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson by email: marketing@globalgreentag.com or by phone: 1300 263 586 or mobile: 0412 589 588

www.globalgreentag.com  www.globalgreentag.co.za www.globalgreentag.cn

BRE Building a better world together is an international, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings through research and knowledge generation. We are owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, which is the largest single funder of education and research for the built environment. We use our cutting edge collaborative research to develop a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications that are adopted around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. www.bregroup.com

For further information about BRE, please contact Linda McKeown email linda.mckeown@bre.co.uk

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Global GreenTag International Awards Product Health Declaration License to BRE for UK and Western Europe Construction Products

BRE – the UK based, international, multi-disciplinary building science centre – has launched a new service with the licence to now deliver the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ program for construction products in the UK and Western Europe.

Global GreenTag’s PhD™ is a world first material health & ingredient transparency reporting service for green building and interiors products.

The Global GreenTag PhD assessment and reporting process delivers easily understood information relating to the entire life cycle of a construction product so that specifiers can confidently make informed materials and product selections.

According to Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director, David Baggs “GreenTag PhDs use world’s best practice chemical hazards research (including from the EU REACH and Globally Harmonised Systems), risk assessment and audit processes, all peer reviewed by Consultant Toxicologist, to determine and transparently report the health impacts of products (if any) on both workers and end users.”

Nigel Jones, Team Leader – Sustainable Products at BRE said ‘This is a unique tool the industry can use to drive forward the healthy and high performance buildings agenda for the benefit of people – we are pleased to provide this service to our customers ’.

The new Global GreenTag PhD service complements BRE’s international capabilities with services that are recognised in the International WELL™ Building Standard (WELL) Standard and compliant with credit requirements in the LEED® v4.0 rating tool globally with key roles in ingredient hazard assessment and enabling of product health optimisation.

In addition to the simple reporting format, Global GreenTag PhDs also provide the product with a HeathRATE™ rating of the product with graphic Tags showing the BronzeHEALTH™, SilverHEALTH™, GoldHEALTH™ and PlatinumHEALTH™ rating outcomes, for one-glance understanding of ‘in use’ product health.

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning Type 1 (Third Party) Ecolabelling, Product Certification, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product health Declaration (PhD) program operator based in Australia, but with offices and representation also in South Africa, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and Malaysia. Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International, EarthCheck®, Green Star®, LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).

For further information, about Global GreenTag, or to organise an interview with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson by email: marketing@globalgreentag.com or by phone: 1300 263 586 or mobile: 0412 589 588

www.globalgreentag.com  www.globalgreentag.co.za  www.globalgreentag.cn

BRE Building http://www.globalgreentag.@Globalco.zaa better world together is an international, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings through research and knowledge generation. We are owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, which is the largest single funder of education and research for the built environment. We use our cutting edge collaborative research to develop a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications that are adopted around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. www.bregroup.com

For further information about BRE, please contact Linda McKeown email linda.mckeown@bre.co.uk

www.bre.co.uk

David Baggs Joins Judging Panel at 4th International Green Interiors Awards

The 4th International Green Interiors Awards for 2017 is being launched in Sydney this week and David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO has been invited for the first time by Australian Living to be a judge.

Entries for the international awards event, which has grown considerably since its inception, opens at the end of November. The shortlist for the awards will be announced on May 25th and winners will be announced on June 8th.

“The Awards are becoming a great institution,” says David Baggs. “Last year there were some fantastic entries and I look forwards to being part of the judging process to decide the winners in 2017. “

“Holding up to the world and the market place exemplary certified sustainable products for interiors projects is a huge part of GreenTag’s business. Helping to drive people and markets to fully embrace green interiors is our key agenda too because we want more people to understand both what their choices maybe doing to our planet and their health and facilitate designers to proactively choose products that help secure a safe future.”

The 2015 winners of the Green Interior Awards included designs from South Africa, Australia, USA and Austria. In 2017, the event is going further afield with support from prestigious organisations around the planet, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Israel Green Building Council and other leading eco-labels around the world who, like GreenTag, support the growth of healthier interior design and materials in which to live and work.

To play a more vital role in the event, partnering opportunities with the International Green Interior Awards are still available. If you have a green brand, it’s a great way to put yourself before a high quality audience and key industry decision makers. Plus, connect with a unique Awards program that is 100% about rewarding the use of green interior products used in projects locally and across the globe.

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