Bangalore, India, June 8, 2015

In a fast-developing economy like India, increase in resource consumption can lead to associated environmental impacts. The only way to address this challenge is to go “Green”. Major product and equipment manufacturers have realized this need. This has invariably led to an increasing demand for Green Products, Equipment, Technologies and Services.

To meet this need, CII’s Green Business Council launched GreenPro, a Green Product Certification, under the Green Products and Services Council (GPSC). At the event, UL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), which plays a proactive role in India’s development process. UL will be the knowledge partner with CII for offering GreenPro Services in the country. In its early stages, the initiative will cover building material certification and green building rating.

Based on a holistic lifecycle-assessment approach, GreenPro assesses how Green a product is and highlights the way forward to achieve excellence in environmental performance. The Certification system guides the manufacturers to position their products as green and eco-friendly and will cover raw materials, manufacturing processes, durability, and recycle and reuse till the end of product life. With the launch of GreenPro Certification, green products, equipment & technologies can be certified within India.

CII estimates that the market for green-building related products will reach around US$ 300 billion by 2025. GPSC aims to bring all the products and services under its purview. Initially, GreenPro is designed to certify products like glass, paints, cement, construction blocks insulation, adhesives, sealants, housekeeping chemicals, products with recycled content, and many other industrial and consumer products.

At the event, Mr Suresh Sugavanam, MD and VP, UL South Asia said, “We are excited to partner with CII in this initiative. One of our recent studies indicated that the Indian consumer is starting to grow aware of green products. Through this partnership we bring our global experience in developing standards and running such programs. That will help further the cause of the Indian industry and the consumer to go green.”

As a knowledge partner, UL would provide its expertise in development of standards for India and also adoption of UL standards for India based on suitability.