Montréal, October 14, 2014 – Éco Entreprises Québec
is launching two more innovative initiatives: A packaging optimization
kit and a custom training program for managers who wish to integrate
container, packaging and printed matter (CP&PM) ecodesign into their
business practices. Complementary to the OptimEco.ca portal launched in
2013, which garnered 1st prize for Innovation in the Novae
Corporate Citizenship competition, the new kit and training will provide
companies with decision-making tools for selecting packaging.
“The packaging sector is going through profound change. As companies are
financially responsible for the end-of-life management of the CP&PM
they put on the market, they have a vested interest in improving the
curbside recycling system that receives and processes these materials,”
said Maryse Vermette, President and CEO of Éco Entreprises Québec. “Such
environmental considerations as choosing more recyclable materials and
reducing overpackaging can be used as strategic leverage to generate
economic and reputational benefits for companies who take concrete
Ecodesign – A profitable choice
Given the increasing regulatory pressures as well as economic,
environmental and social acceptability challenges companies face, they
will be well served with the OptimEco kit. It introduces a simple and
well-rounded approach to jump start an ecodesign initiative within
existing business processes and provides information on the benefits the
company stands to reap. In fact, an Institut de développement de
produits study found that ecodesign is a cost-effective approach to
increasing profit margins by as much as 12% compared to conventional
packaged products. What’s more, reducing the amount of raw materials
used and lowering energy and water consumption not only produce direct
savings for the company, they also have an effect all along the
procurement chain. The kit suggests practical strategies for mobilizing
teams and business partners and presents concrete and inspiring examples
according to sector of activity. The kit also debunks common myths and
misconceptions about ecodesign.
The OptimEco kit was developed thanks to cooperation and expertise
provided by Quantis and the Institut de développement de produits, as
well as financial support from RECYC-QUÉBEC. Free of charge, it is
intended for companies of all sizes operating in Quebec.
Custom training to integrate ecodesign in business strategy
On November 25, 2014, Éco Entreprises Québec will introduce a training program intended for its contributing companies and organizations as
well as packaging manufacturers and concerned partners. Yet another
offshoot of the OptimEco.ca portal, the one-day training course will
provide companies with tools for implementing a packaging optimization
or ecodesign initiative and the knowledge they need to encourage their
suppliers to make better packaging choices. This group training will
hone participants’ skills and includes a tour of a sorting centre.
Following that training, a half-day’s personalized coaching session on
company premises will be offered to each participant in order to
facilitate hands-on application to a concrete project.
For more information or to register for training, go to www.ecoentreprises.qc.ca/ecoconception.
Also see the executive summary: www.optimeco.ca/trousse/assets/pdf/EEQ_sommaire_optimeco.pdf.
About Éco Entreprises Québec
Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is the organization that develops the
Schedule of ContributionsÉEQ’s Schedule of Contributions enables companies to determine whether they are subject to the Act, understand the breadth of their obligations and determine the amount of their contribution. Developed using a formula based on studies and verifiable data, the Schedule is established according to type of material and quantities generated during a given year and in consideration of environmental criteria. Framed by thoroughly developed rules, each Schedule is presented to companies for consultation before being sent to the government for approval as required by the Act.
Schedule of Contributions and collects company contributions, which are
then redistributed to finance municipal curbside recycling services in
Quebec. ÉEQ also encourages innovation and best practices in order to
optimize the recyclable materials value chain. To do so, ÉEQ cooperates,
on the one hand, with companies to reduce quantities of materials at
the source and encourage the use of recyclable materials, as well as
with municipalities to increase recycling and the economic value of
recovered materials. ÉEQ is a private non-profit organization created by
companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on Quebec’s
market. The organization was accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2005 under
the Environment Quality Act.
Éco Entreprises Québec
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Hill + Knowlton Strategies