Standardisation: Upcoming SBS Annual event focuses on sustainable products

Small Business Standards (SBS), the European organisation representing SMEs in the standardisation community, will hold its annual event on 15 June, from 13.15 to 16.30. This year edition will be dedicated to the links between standards, circular economy, and sustainability under the title “SMEs setting the standard for sustainable products – Drivers and challenges”.

At this occasion, EBC President Philip van Niewenhuizen will intervene to discuss sustainability issues in the construction sector from the point of view of European construction SMEs and crafts, evoking the potential impact of the Construction Products Regulation revision proposal. Indeed, applying the new requirements set by the European Commission will imply many challenges for the construction micro, small and medium-sized companies, which need a clear and stable regulatory framework to thrive.

The conference will be developed around the Circular Economy package announced on 30 March. This package establishes sets of measures towards the achievement of environmental sustainability, covering a broad spectrum of products. The proposals included will have a direct impact on SMEs in the manufacturing and repair sectors, but also an indirect impact for SMEs using the products concerned.

The aim of the conference is therefore to engage in a dialogue with standards organisations, policy makers, SMEs, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the future Regulations and the standards underpinning them take into account the needs of SMEs and help them exploiting the potential of the green economy.

The event plans to cover different facets of the debate based on a three-panel discussion structure:

  • Panel 1 – Making the digital product passport work for SMEs
  • Panel 2 – New CPR: towards more sustainability in construction?
  • Panel 3 – Standards for sustainable textiles

Join us to discuss how standardisation can boost European sustainability ambitions!

EBC is a partner and member of SBS, and the coordinator of its sectoral approach for construction.

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To register to the Conference, click here.