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TUV Rheinland signs MoU with Environmental Choice New Zealan


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-New agreement will help Kiwi firms reduce the cost of securing credible ecolabels and strengthen New Zealand's links to international markets

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- TUV Rheinland, a global leader for independent inspection services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the New Zealand Government's official ecolabelling programme, Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ).

The move provides ECNZ and its licensees, which include more than 60 New Zealand businesses and some 1,700 products, with access to TUV Rheinland's global network of expertise.

"Many of our New Zealand licensees have manufacturing facilities overseas, which need to be assessed against our criteria on a regular basis. This would normally mean sending an NZ-based verifier to the site to do the audit," said ECNZ General Manager Francesca Lipscombe.

"That won't be necessary in most, if not all, cases now, which will provide real cost savings," she saiAAAAAAAAAA>TUV Rheinland's Executive Vice-President -- Products, Holger Kunz, noted that his organization is very interested in pursuing joint-activities with its new NZ partner to stimulate sustainable public procurement through ecolabels.

"Today's consumers are demanding that the products and services they purchase reflect their own values. This means that companies in all industries need to consider their ecological and social footprint if they want to remain successful in the market," said Kunz.

"This new agreement between with ECNZ is a great step forward for sustainable procurement. The increased availability of credible, trustworthy ecolabelled products and services will also strengthen the links between New Zealand and international markets," he saiAAAAAAAAAA>ECNZ's New Zealand-based verifiers will continue to co-ordinate audit efforts. However, TUV Rheinland and ECNZ will now actively share information, particularly around specification development. The TUV Rheinland MoU is one of seven agreements ECNZ now has with members of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) for the sharing of information.

"We regularly call on GEN members to do audits on our behalf," said Lipscombe, who added that TUV Rheinland is already working on an audit for ECNZ in Indonesia and will soon begin one in Malaysia.

About Environmental Choice New Zealand

Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ) is New Zealand's official environmental label and the only Type 1 ecolabel in the country. To gain the ecolabel, organisations AAAAAAA rigorous mulAAAle-criteria, third-party verification of their products and/or services against environmental standards through the life-cycle of the product/service. ENCZ has more than 50 licensees, covering more than 1500 products and services, around two-thirds of which are building-related with the balance comprising largely consumer products and sanitary AAAAAs. Governed by the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust, ECNZ is also a member of the Global Ecolabel Network (GEN), an international consortium of ecolabelling programmes.

About TUV Rheinland

TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services.  Founded 145 years ago, the organisation has a world-wide network of approved labs, testing and education centres and its staff inspect technical equipment, products and services oversee projects and help shape processes and information security for companies. TUV Rheinland employs more than 20,000 people worldwide, has an annual turnover of 2 billion, and since 2006 has been a member of the UN Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

                   

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