Basque Government signs agreement with UN Environment to support developing countries in circular economy and ecodesign

The Basque Government thus becomes the first regional government in the world to subscribe to this initiative, whose aim is to create a worldwide network of knowledge on product life cycle assessment in order to reduce environmental impact. Head of the UN Consumption and Production Unit, Elisa Tonda, will participate at the institutional opening of the Basque Ecodesign Meeting 2020, on Wednesday, February 26. Following the opening ceremony, César Santos, of the European Commission, will explain the new European Green Deal, while the opening conference will be presented by analyst Marc Vidal, an expert in digitisation and Industry 4.0.

From tomorrow, the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao will host one of Europe’s premier circular economy and ecodesign events, the Basque Ecodesign Meeting (BEM 2020). The first of the three days will see the signing of the agreement between UN Environment and the Department for the Environment, Territorial Planning and Housing of the Basque Government, represented by IHOBE, a publicly-owned company responsible for the organisation of the event in cooperation with the Basque Ecodesign Center.

Through this agreement, the Basque government will become the first regional government to subscribe to the Life Cycle Initiative, an international strategy promoted by the United Nations Environment Programme for the sharing of expert knowledge. Other signatories include the governments of: Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States, in addition to the European Commission.

The goal of the Initiative is to create a global product lifecycle analysis network. The “Global LCA Data Access” network (GLAD) aims to achieve better data accessibility and interoperability. The network will be comprised of independently-operated LCA databases (nodes), providing users with an interface to find and access life cycle inventory datasets from different providers. GLAD will thus support life cycle assessment through easier access to data sources around the world, with special emphasis on supporting developing countries along the path to the circular economy and ecodesign.