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Policy Recommendation

Standards and Certifications

The achievement of standards and certifications serves to increase competiveness and productivity at the firm level, and capacity and expertise at the sector level. These standards include environmental, quality, health and safety, lean systems, etc. Standards and certifications are particularly important for firms in the green economy, as those without the appropriate credentials are often excluded in fear of ‘green-washing’. Government has played a positive role in supporting firms in pursuit of credentials.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to increase support and promotion for firms in the environmental sector in achieving standards and certifications.

  • Action Recommended:
    As per the 2011 Report “An Analysis of the Economic Development Opportunities Associated with the Green Economy in Newfoundland & Labrador”, Newfoundland and Labrador to investigate provincial-based testing and certification services – in various sectors – where national and international standards are not appropriate.


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