ISO/KEBS TO HOLD WORKSHOP AND KICK OFF MEETING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT AND ISO 14067

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in conjunction with Kenya Bureau of Standards will be hosting a kick-off meeting and a workshop from 29th July to 3rd August 2013, on the Life Cycle Assessment-based on the Carbon Footprint Standards, recently approved as ISO TC14067:2013 at Waterbuck, in Nakuru, Kenya. The implementation of ISO 14067 standard will be monitored by KEBS starting this financial year 2013 following the Jinja, Uganda workshops in October 2012 at which the EAC member countries agreed to develop a road map to building capacity within the region!

Climate standardization, certification and labeling can contribute on how to meet challenges related to climate change. But, the lack of institutional and technical capacity to meet the cacophony of standards, certification and labeling systems is one of the most acute trade barriers for developing countries. An informal dialogue between trade ministers about the linkages between trade policy and climate policy did take place in Bali, Indonesia, on December 2007. It highlighted the importance of creating trade and development friendly systems for standardization, certification and labeling. As a result of this, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs initiated a project in January 2008 with the objective of bridging the gaps by paying more attention to the necessary conditions, for exporters in developing countries, to increase trade with climate friendly goods, services and technology, based on published international standards.

Kenya is an agricultural economy and hence the reason for piloting in the flower sub-sector of the horticulture exports.

Recognizing the role of flower farms in promoting exports in the country, in particular cut flowers, KEBS in conjunction with SIS, now invites flower farms to this meeting to come and share on how floriculture can position itself to promote green trade through standards setting. To participate kindly send your confirmation to kfc@wananchi.com or call 0733

 

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