GPC is a third party certification of products that are either results of innovation to reduce consumption of resources including energy or are manufactured through green technology and eco-friendly management systems. The entire concept of GP certification is based upon voluntary initiative by Manufacturers and some other organizations who believe in manufacture and supply of ECO-Responsive products in order to SAVE THE PLANET. This certification authorises the manufacturer to label his products as ECO-Friendly.
Any organization who is producing products or providing services that meet following criteria can opt for GPC :-
An ecosystem is made up by interaction of biotic & abiotic factors. Biotic factors are living organisms whereas non living variables like light, oxygen, climate, soil & water are abiotic factors. All such factors that affect an organism are considered as Environment. Organisms and their environment constantly interact, and both are changed by this interaction
Unfortunately for the past few years, human beings world over, due to their actions, have caused a great impact on the Environment. Some of the noteworthy actions include, destruction of the world's tropical rain forests to create grazing land for cattle, drying up of almost three-quarters of the Aral Sea, once the world's fourth-largest freshwater lake, for irrigation purposes. Human actions have altered climate patterns, changed the distribution of species of animals and plants & have long term effects on ecosystems. There is a global concern about this change. Nations have taken a serious note of rapidly depleting natural resources, excessively increasing pollution, destruction and extinction of species, acid rains and depletion of ozone layer. Countries are aware of the disasters which will forth come, in case we do not take care of the Environment today. It is globally felt that there is a need develop a world wide effort to monitor and restrict global pollution as most forms of pollution do not respect national boundaries. United Nations has taken initiative in this regard and held few international conferences on the Environmental issues in the recent past and many international agreements have been reached.
Problem is that on one side we require products to meet ever increasing human needs and on the other side we affect the Environment adversely when we manufacture products. Problem gets aggravated when we ignore our concern about the Environment while engaging blindly in to manufacturing activities. It has been viewed globally that industry, trade, Infrastructure development including construction activities are equally causing impact on the Environment. There is a greater need to understand the magnitude of this problem and responsive business approach is required to be adopted.
There are many nations in the world that have taken initiative to develop standards and criteria for products and services and a great more is required to be done in the field of eco responsiveness. It needs co-operation from industry, trade, business houses, Govts, NGOs and volunteers to actively participate in saving the Planet Earth. Industrialization, infrastructure growth business expansions need to have growth which is with sustainable.
In U.S and many other countries all new and renovated buildings are being certified by USGBC as per LEED criteria. LEED stands for Leadership for Energy & Environmental Design. The LEED certification program is certification of New and existing buildings against LEED Standards. These standards are developed and maintained by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which is based in a Washington, D.C., It is a non-profit group and is made up of hundreds of volunteers and professionals who maintain and innovate the LEED standards.
While there is a good awareness about LEED certification in the world, the approach to manufacture Eco-Responsive product has also picked up in the recent past. Organizations engaged in building construction and renovations are coming forward with a requirement that their suppliers should supply products that are Eco-Responsive and sustainable. Such products which meet the criteria of certification, can be claimed to be GREEN PRODUCTS. Green product certification attest that the product manufactured and supplied by an organization is sustainable and eco friendly and is suitable for use in Green Buildings.
The Green Product certification is demanded by the Architects and developers of Green Building projects. It has grown from a coalition of non-profit environmental organization, builders, architects, engineers, and manufacturers.
There is comparatively less awareness in Engineering Industry and trade regarding GPC. Question comes- No one else is bothered about manufacturing Green Products in my trade, why should I do it. There is always someone who has to take a lead. This is a wakeup call to all of us to act urgently and ensure that product and services provided by us are Eco-Friendly.
It causes concern to everyone. Manufacturers of Machines, Engineering products – metal, plastic, rubber.....anything, Transporters, Software developers, Hotels, Malls, Multiplexes, Colonizers, Nursing Homes, Hospitals and almost everyone needs to contribute towards protection of the ENVIRONMENT. Even Hospitals, as they also use resources and create medical waste.