(2015年12月3日,台北訊) ——近日全台陷入PM2.5的空汙危機,喚起大眾對空氣品質的關切以及相關環保意識。不只台灣,全球在環境永續發展浪潮下,各國政府甚至買主鼓勵或要求生廠商在製程上或產品上進行檢測並取得環保認證。全球產品測試認證領導機構 UL (Underwriters Laboratories)表示,UL 發展出一系列環境永續解決方案,不僅獲美國國家環保署(U.S Environmental Protection Agency, EPA)推薦,許多北美買主亦要求供應鏈採用,國際品牌大廠也陸續取得認證,紛紛強化綠色形象,卡位綠色商機。

UL 台灣總經理湯家德表示:「隨著環保意識的進步,大家對環境的重視已從產品本身對環境的友善程度,擴大到產品的全生命週期。」其實,產品從原料、製造、包裝到運送的生產過程都有可能造成環境的危害,像是製造過程中產生的廢水、廢氣,甚至是工作空間的空氣品質,是否符合化學排放標準、減少空氣污染和化學品暴露風險,都是環境保護的關注焦點。

UL 一系列環境永續解決方案,包括了水足跡、零廢棄物、閉環回收方案、生物基材以及室內空氣品質等。雖 UL 認證項目多屬自願性認證,但國際上許多知名品牌大廠已陸續導入,甚至北美電信營運商亦要求搭配的行動裝置須取得  UL 的環保(永續)認證。

日前,美國國家環保署(EPA)更發佈一份關於批准美國聯邦買方使用的規格標準和環保標籤的臨時推薦清單。UL GREENGUARD低排放產品的標準認證和ECO LOGO永續標準,以及UL環境就BIFMA級別、NSF 332及EPEAT註冊等其他認證標準被該清單引用,並推薦作為各種建築材料、傢俱、保管產品和電子產品的綠色採購參考。

湯家德進一步表示:「環境保護已是世界趨勢,永續更是未來主流。UL秉持創造安全世界之宗旨,從保護民眾生命財產安全,擴大守護領域至大家所生活的環境空間。期望透過環境永續解決方案,幫助社會往全面的安全世界更邁進一步。」

根據調查全球62%的消費者願意每天對所處環境有正面的影響<1>。而美國諮商會(The Conference Board)調查報告顯示12家受訪的標準普爾全球100大企業,從2010到2013年其屬於永續性產品和服務類的營收成長率為91%,是企業整體營收成長率(15%)的六倍之多<2>

有別於環保認證的取得將增加生產成本、損害產品市場競爭力的刻板印象,UL環境永續解決方案不但有助廠商爭取買主信賴、關稅優惠,企業更可透過全面性的永續平台展現品牌價值與認同,提升產品競爭力,進而協助企業在商場上保持領先、獲得勝利。

 

<註1> 資料來源:Euromonitor International

(http://www.euromonitor.com/eco-worriers-global-green-behaviour-and-market-impact/report)

<註2> 資料來源:美國諮商會(The Conference Board)

(https://hcexchange.conference-board.org/press/pressdetail.cfm?pressid=5492)

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