Joint Oversight Group - JOG

The TOR, Terms of Reference, specifies the role of the Joint Oversight Group, (JOG), which will be comprised of a Principal Member from each country.  As a first step, the Principal Members intend to designate at least one person per side to examine each of the six (6) potential areas of interest identified in the Joint Statement for the 2002 – 2003, and, if appropriate, to identify other opportunities for collaboration to satisfy provisions of the TOR. 


It is the intention that these project teams meet as necessary and will report their recommendations to the Principal Members of the JOG and other officials, as appropriate. For the U.S. side, other appropriate officials may include representatives from other government agencies.  For the Portuguese side, other appropriate officials would include representatives from the Ministry of the Environment and/or from the Center for Pollution Prevention.


Establishment of proposed projects will be subject to negotiation and conclusion of appropriate agreements between the participants and affected stakeholders.  Any initiative under the TOR will be the subject of international agreements between the two implementing agencies.  All initiatives under the TOR will be subject to the availability of appropriated funds, personnel, and other required. 





In September 12th 2005, the Centro Para Prevenção da Poluição (C3P, Center for Pollution Prevention) hosted a JOG meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

The meeting was led by the C3P Director General and attended by representatives from C3P, Portuguese Ministry of Environment, NASA Headquarters, NASA KSC, Portuguese Environment Institute, International Trade Bridge, Inc. (ITB), the Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica e Gestão Industrial (INEGI), the Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (ISQ), and the Associação Portuguesa das Empresas do Sector Eléctrico e Electrónico (ANIMEE).

The JOG meeting was opened with the signing of the Renewal of the Terms of Reference concerning cooperation on Environmental Pollution Prevention Matters, between NASA and the Portuguese Ministry of Environment (Ministério do Ambiente de Portugal)

At the JOG meeting a review of C3P’s activities and achievements between June 2004 and June 2005 were provided (information available in C3P’s June 2004-June 2005 Annual Report).

During this meeting several possible project areas were discussed for C3P to explore in 2005/2006 and were presented by ISQ and INEGI, namely:

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Production;

Waste Water Treatment;

Eco-design for Electronics, namely the assembly and disassembly processes;

Life cycle analysis of lead-free solders;

Energy efficiency on buildings.

Discussions at the JOG wrapped up with the statement that the potential C3P project to be launched in a very near-term is the “Architecture for Sustainable Industrial Innovation”. A preliminary document of the potential project was elaborated by the NASA AP2 Office and by a member of the Printing Industries of America/Graphics Arts Technical Foundation, with the support of C3P. These projects are focused primarily in the reduction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions in the Printing Sector. The partners include EPA, NASA, Printing Industries of America/Graphics Arts Technical Foundation, Rochester Institute of Technology, C3P, European Printing and Publishing Industry Associations (e.g. APIGRAF, AIND, FAEP, FIPP, etc.), individual members of the Portuguese printing industry, and Portuguese Universities. The project proposal should be delivered to the Portuguese Ministry of Environment in a very near term.




Last updated: 26/02/2009