The ECO Board of ECO Platform is formed by four representatives of the established EPD Programs and three representatives from the supporting members.
The Board has the steering function for the organizational matters, such as legal and financial issues, general objectives and strategy, risk management, sanctions, general communication, steering supervision of the platform management etc.
The Board delegates the technical issues to the Technical Working Group (TEWOG) and the Quality Management including the Audits to the Quality Manager and Chief Auditor.
ECO Platform's Board of Directors
From left to right: Hakon Hauan, Christian Donath (Managing Director), Sven-Olof Ryding, Marc Bosmans, Eva Schmincke, Aitor Aragon, Alexander Roeder
Sven-Olof Ryding (IVL, EPD International)
President, Treasurer, Speaker & Public Relations
Sven-Olof is Associate Professor in System Ecology at the University of Uppsala. He has held several positions with regard to scientific work such as Ass. Prof. at the University of Linköping and Head of Research at the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, IVL.
Sven-Olof has been leading operational work as Senior Environmental Advisor at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprises and Managing Director for the Swedish Environmental Management Council, the former Swedish expert organization on Sustainable Procurement.
Sven-Olof has been engaged and led a number of international activities ans standardization work "with regard to sustainable development and procurement within EU, UN and bilateral work around the world.
Aitor Aragon (AENOR, GlobalEPD)
Vice President, Standardization & CEN Liaison
Aitor has a Master in Civil Engineering. He is working in AENOR since 2008 in the following fields:
- Certification Committees Manager at AENOR, representing AENOR in standardization and certification forums like ECO Platform, PEF, etc. Current Vice-President of ECO Platform
- Manager of the GlobalEPD Programme since 2014.
- Previously responsible for sustainability and civil engineering works as standardization project manager, acting for example as the ISO Secretary for the WG for sustainability in civil engineering works
- Worked in R+D projects related with environmental assessment in the construction sector, like the FP7 “LCE4Roads” for sustainability assessment of road pavements
From 2003 to 2008 Aitor worked in software development for civil engineering works.
Hakon Hauan (EPD-Norge)
Quality Manager & Chief Auditor
Hakon is Managing Director at The Norwegian EPD Foundation (EPD-Norge), located on Oslo, Norway.
Hakon studied International Economy and Administration at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo, including exchange program at ESADE in Barcelona and ICADE in Madrid and management studies at IMD, Lausanne.
Hakon has an extensive international career from 1992 as Director for Agfa Gevaert and Philips. Working for the Norwegian government as CEO for Innovation Norway in Spain, including responsibility for EEA grants/projects within Renewable Energy and Environment
Since 2015 Hakon is Managing Director for EPD-Norge
Marc Bosmans (Trade Association Eurima)
Policy & Public Affairs
Marc has over ten years’ experience in sustainability related topics as Circular Economy, Waste Management and Life Cycle Assessment.
Marc is as Sustainable Construction Manager responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of all sustainable construction related activities within Eurima, the European Industry Association of mineral wool insulation manufacturers. He is an active participant in CEN/TC350 and was directly involved in the development of LEVEL(S); the new EU tool for sustainable buildings.
Marc was previously heading the Sustainable Organisations department at Intertek-RDC; providing advice to both public and private organisations on the basis of quantitative impact assessment.
Marc is a Bio-Engineer with a specialisation in Environmental Technologies from Ghent University in Belgium and speaks English, Dutch and French.
Dr. Alexander Röder (IBU)
Alex has been Managing Director at IBU (Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. Berlin, Germany) since February 2019.
Alex holds an LCA-related Ph.D. in science and a diploma in physics from ETH Zurich. He also has a diploma in business from the correspondence university at Hagen (DE).
Before joining IBU, Alex worked for 16 years for heavy building material producer CEMEX in various functions in energy, climate change and sustainability management. During this time he co-chaired the Cement Sustainability Initiative working group that together with the International EPD System pioneered the concept of a pre-verified EPD tool. He was also the founding Chair of the Concrete Sustainability Council and as such played a crucial role in the CSC‘s successful implementation of a global certification for responsibly sourced concrete.
Dr. Eva Schmincke (LCA Practitioner thinkstep)
Technical Issues & Methods
Eva holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Tuebingen University and has been teaching LCA at the University of Forestry in Rottenburg for more than 15 years. After several years at Öko-Institut Freiburg developing product assessment tools her consultancy covered development and communication of LCA results.
Today Eva is chair of the product section in CEN TC 350, Sustainability of Construction Works, member of the Advisory Board of IBU (German EPD program operator for construction products) and works as verifier for IBU. She is also a founding member of the ECO Platform, of DGNB, (German rating tool for buildings) and GEDNet. She works as a consultant for various industries, as well as for German environmental NGO as a translator of standards to practice in sustainable construction.
Christian Donath (ECO Platform AISBL)
Christian studied civil engineering and worked in construction for over eight years. From 2008 until 2010 he was CEO of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). In 2009 he was appointed to the board of the World Green Building Council.
Christian is self-employed since 2010 as a Consultant in the fields of communication, data management and sustainability.
Christian participated actively in the founding process of the ECO Platform and serves as the Managing Director since the founding in 2013.
The founding process
In September 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding for the Foundation of the ECO Platform was signed by 27 parties.
The following 11 EPD Program Operators carried the idea forward in a transparent and democratic manner and founded the ECO Platform as an AISBL on June 4, 2013 in Brussels:
- BRE Global - Building Research Establishment Limited (UK)
- DAP Habitat - CentroHabitat (Portugal)
- DAPc - CATEEB - Col.legi d'Aparellafdors, Arquitectes Tècnics i Enginyers d'Edificació (Spain)
- Environdec System - AB Svenska Miljöstyrningsrådet (Sweden)
- EPD Norge - The Norwegian EPD Foundation (Norway)
- Global EPD - AENOR - Asociacion Espanola de NORmalización y certificacion (Spain)
- HQE/INIES (France)
- IBU - Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (Germany)
- ITB - Instytut Techniki Budowlanej (Poland)
- MRPI - Milieurelevante Productinformatie (Netherlands)
- ZAG EPD - Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije (Slovenia)
Several further EPD Program Operators, European Associations, LCA Practitioners and Green Building Councils supported the founding process.