Zero Waste solutions and measures can be successfully applied at both local and national levels – not only in municipalities and businesses as entities, but also in public and private buildings.
The Zero Waste Building Certification is an independent evaluation and audit standard, powered by the Mission Zero Academy (MiZA) and Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) in collaboration with Zero Waste Romania.
This Certification system has been created to ensure the highest possible level of a building’s zero waste performance while avoiding greenwashing practices.
It offers guidance on the acceleration and transition towards a zero waste and circular economy at the local level.
In the long run, the Zero Waste Building Certification can help improve the quality of life for a building’s tenants, as well as preserve renewable and non-renewable natural resources.
Why do we need a Zero Waste Building Certification?
Efforts to advocate and implement more sustainable and efficient resource management will become even more impactful once we rethink waste generation practices in public and private buildings.
As a matter of fact, 30% of natural resource use globally and 40% of GHG emissions come from the building sector.
With this in mind, the Zero Waste Building Certification has been developed to help private and public companies’ buildings address key environmental, social, and circular economy objectives, tackling their impact on local communities.
In doing so, it aims to minimise the residual waste generated in a building, achieving at least 90% diversion from any disposal and Zero Waste-To-Energy practices (incineration).
The Zero Waste Building Certification has been conceived as a roadmap for all the stakeholders involved while guaranteeing independent monitoring and implementation.
Building on the tried-and-tested Zero Waste methodology, the Certification has six areas of action:
- Environmental performance and education,
- Audit and monitoring,
- Prevention of waste generation,
- Biowaste management and treatment,
- Recycling and redirecting waste from landfill,
The Zero Waste Building certification system is done in two stages:
Pre-Certification – Candidate stage
The pre-certification stage includes waste reduction and prevention measures; optimisation of separate collection systems; adoption of commitments; internal environmental policies; training for the building’s occupants; and 90-day monitoring and audit of the quantities and quality of the waste generated in the building.
In particular, the public or private entities occupying the building will need to:
- adopt zero waste internal policies;
- facilitate building occupants’ access to zero waste information and education sessions;
- implement solutions to prevent waste generation; and
- optimise the separate collection system.
The pre-certificate will be obtained after the monitoring and audit process which can last 6 – 12 months.
The solutions and measures adopted in the pre-certification stage will need to be continuously monitored until the landfilled waste is reduced to a point which means 90% diversion from any disposal and zero incineration practices. This process can last 12 – 24 months.
The certification system includes 41 criteria, organized into six categories to guide all stakeholders in their zero waste journey.
Why should you get a Zero Waste Building Certification?
The Zero Waste Building Certification is the best way to ensure circularity for public and private buildings as:
- It allows entities to showcase their work at the national and European level, increasing their reputation and public image.
- It provides independent monitoring and auditing process, thus – avoiding greenwashing practices. The Certification’s quality control and assurance processes ensure that certificates are not granted to companies whose activity has a significant impact on the environment.
- The implemented measures throughout the Certification process can lead to a reduction in waste management operating costs.
- It helps building owners to attract tenants whose environmental management systems and goals make them prefer sustainable solutions when choosing partners, suppliers or office locations.
- It helps educate building occupants and show how waste prevention will also impact their everyday life.
- It helps preserve natural resources, reduce pollution caused by landfills, and avoid waste incinerators of any kind.
You are just one step away from really making a difference!
Download the Certification criteria for Candidate Cities
Download the Certification criteria for Certified Cities
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