Take our EU Ecolabel survey and win a €100 prize!!!
EU Ecolabel has launched its most recent survey that aims to help the EU Ecolabel team in understanding the perceptions of the scheme and its accompanying creative promotional materials. This online survey targets a wide audience in France, Czech Republic, Sweden and Belgium and asks participants to share their opinion on four EU Ecolabel creative concepts. All responses will help EU Ecolabel to understand how best to market and promote their products and services.
By participating in the survey, you will have the chance to win a €100 prize: a gift basket of EU Ecolabel products. Below you can find the links to the survey in French, Czech and Swedish.
Help shape the future of EU Ecolabel and take part!
Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information published
Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information have recently been launched at the World Resources Forum 2017.
The Guidelines are a key output of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme and were developed over the last 2 years in a consensus building process with the participation of over 125 organizations, led by UN Environment and the International Trade Centre.
The Guidelines offer value chain and public sector professionals' clear guidance on making effective, trustworthy claims to consumers, on product-related sustainability. They are applicable to all regions and companies of all sizes. A long term objective is to create a level playing field for developing new, and revising existing, product sustainability information. Ultimately, the Guidelines aim to empower consumers to make informed sustainable choices on product purchase, usage and disposal.
The Guidelines establish minimum requirements that must be met (Fundamental principles); and encourage ambition, improvement and sustainability leadership over time (Aspirational principles). Associated guidance walks the user through improving their consumer communications.
Starting November 2017, the Guidelines will be road test with companies of all regions, and build a library of case studies.
Interested in getting involved or receiving information? Please contact the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme Coordination Desk.
National Quality Awards Ceremony at Prague Castle, Czech Republic
The National Quality Awards Ceremony took place at the Prague Castle on November 28th, 2017. The best performing companies and organizations were awarded national quality awards and the National Award of the Czech Republic for social responsibility and sustainable development. Two of the national quality awards are the EU Ecolabel and the Czech Ecolabel. This ceremony had the patronage of Czech President Miloš Zeman and many others politicians and guest from different areas including business and media.
National Quality Awards Ceremony at Prague Castle, Czech Republic
CENIA, the Czech Environmental Information Agency has decided to highlight and reward two organizations this year, EURONA s.r.o. and Aloisov paper mill, the part of the Melecky Group a.s.
EURONA s.r.o. has achieved the EU Ecolabel in the Laundry detergents, as the first organization in the Czech Republic. Their two products, White & Bright – washing powder for white laundry, and Baby & Sensitive - washing powder for baby laundry, has been certified by the Czech ecolabel at the same time and have become part of the eco-friendly product´s family.
The paper mill Aloisov took the certificate for 77 individual types of paper products including uncoated graphic papers and cartons and special papers based on wood or recycled paper in different colours. Some of the awarded products are certified with Blaue Engel (Blue Angel) or FSC 100% recycled paper.
From left: representative of CENIA - RNDr. Zdeněk Suchánek; representative of EURONA – Lukáš Černý; representative of Aloisov Paper mill - Robert Melecký and the State secretary of the Ministry of the Environment - Ing. Jan Landa.
Power Flower Campaign
The EU Ecolabel is the official pan-European label that allows consumers to identify environmentally friendly quality products and services from cleaning products to footwear and textiles.
Today, with more than 54,000 products and services, the EU-wide recognised EU Ecolabel encourages better sustainable consumption and production choices. This label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal.
A company is authorized to put the EU Ecolabel logo on its products or services only when an independent body recognises that the product or service shows compliance with the strict ecological and performance criteria of the EU Ecolabel. The EU Ecolabel logo is a guarantee of scientific credibility to consumers that the product they are considering for purchase has a lower environmental impact in comparison to similar products on the market. For example, for cosmetics, the EU Ecolabel goes further than legal criteria and prohibits components with a possible endocrine disrupting effect, such as triclosan and paraben. Moreover, in order to avoid allergic reactions, soaps, shampoos and swabs cannot contain perfumes. Every four years on average, the criteria are revised to reflect technical innovation such as evolution of materials or production processes, as well as factors like emission reduction and changes in the market.
To celebrate the EU Ecolabel 25th anniversary the Federal Belgian Minister of the Environment Marie Christine Marghem and the FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment launch a new campaign (poster and radio): ‘The European Ecolabel, Power Flower’, in collaboration with Carrefour, Delhaize, Lidl, Kruidvat and Colora.
Five animals: a bear, a sheep, a squirrel, a chick and a crocodile playfully incentivise the Belgian consumer to become familiar with the EU Ecolabel certified products he can find on the shelves of its local retailers.
For more information: https://www.ecolabel.be
ECO SEAL FOR NATURE – JSC 'SPODRIBA' rinse-off cosmetic eco-line
Earlier this year JSC ‘SPODRIBA’ received the EU Ecolabel for their rinse-off cosmetics line, ECO SEAL FOR NATURE.
Kaspars Gerhards (left), Raimonds Krampans (right)
In order to ensure EU-wide recognition for its environmental engagement in sustainable production, SPODRIBA set forth to implement the EU Ecolabel criteria for rinse-off cosmetic products for the development of their new product line ECO SEAL FOR NATURE that consists of shower gel, shampoo and hand soaps. By complying with the EU Ecolabel’s strict requirements, the company proves that its products meet the highest environmental standards, which provides consumers and clients with an official environmental and quality guarantee for SPODRIBA products. Through the EU Ecolabel certification, these products provide accurate, non-misleading and scientifically sound information on the environmental benefits of products throughout its entire life cycle – from production to disposal.
Kaspars Gerhards, the Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, underlined that: ‘The prudent use of resources is one of the prerequisites not only for the resource efficiency practises but also for responsible business actions. This certificate is a recognisable sign of responsible business. Companies should be aware of the opportunities and ambitious challenges in order to be acknowledged throughout Europe’.
Upon receipt of the certificate, the Director of SPODRIBA, Raimonds Krampans stated that ‘Over the past few years, we have become convinced that by putting forward sustainable products into the market, we have chosen the right market strategy. As evidenced by the significant sales increase of our eco-line products. Consequently, in the future development of the company the significant role will be given to the development of sustainable products and financial resources will be allocated for the maintaining and improving this line. I also express my gratitude to my team for the patience and energy involved in product certification. ’
Last year, the company diversified the ecological product line ECO SEAL FOR NATURE, by creating a number of eco-cosmetics and detergent products, which have been recognised by stakeholders both in Latvia and abroad. SPODRIBA continues to apply environmentally friendly raw materials within its production lines and formulas, thus positioning itself as a contributor of sustainable production, motivating consumers and clients to consume sustainable and high quality products.
EU Ecolabel Webinar – Simple ways how to promote your EU Ecolabel Products
The EU Ecolabel team organized a free webinar on the simple ways to promote your EU Ecolabel products on 27/11.
You can find the EU Ecolabel Digital Toolkit here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/digital_toolkit.html
Texworld Fair: EU Ecolabel for textile products and circular economy perspectives
The biannual Texworld fair, on the 20th of September in Paris, gave a great opportunity for businesses and producers to get together and discuss innovation within the textile industry.
This leading textile and fashion trade fair which gathers more than 1500 expositor and around 160,000 visitors created a quick and easy way for SMEs and Clusters, actively engaged within the field of textiles, fashion and creative industries, to meet potential business partners and to operate internationally.
For this event, a circular economy workshop was organised by Business Beyond Borders and presented the benefits of actively implementing circular economy principles and engaging with environmental certification schemes for textile producers.
At the event, Kristine Dorosko, policy officer at the Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption Unit, highlighted one specific EU Ecolabel success story: ISKO™ is the only denim mill in the world producing fabrics that have received both the EU Ecolabel and the Nordic Swan certification. Product and process innovation helped the company to achieve the environmental excellence while being a fashion industry trailblazer. The company demonstrated that it is possible for brands to provide certified eco-friendly jeans or piece of clothing without giving up fashion sense and aesthetics.
The workshop also showcased ‘Orange fibres’, a company manufacturing textiles out of oranges peel, also presented how they have developed their business model around circular economy cornerstones and the company "Cotton Colours" currently undergoing the certification process, committed to the environment by using its cotton-by products to produce paper. The company is very much looking forward to receive its licence as certifying its products is often one of the most effective ways for SMEs to demonstrate to customers and retailers that they are meeting high environmental standards.
With more than 2400 certified textile products, the EU Ecolabel, according to its licence holders, helps facing multinationals and gives a competitive advantage when exporting to the EU market.
Luxembourg City: distribution of EU Ecolabel and EMAS certificates
On 5 September 2017 EU Ecolabel and EMAS certificates were handed out for the first time in Luxembourg. The EU Ecolabel certificates were distributed by the Minister for the Environment Carole Dieschbourg to the Camping Toodlermillen in Tadler and to Chemolux McBride in Foetz for a total of 8 different dishwashing tablets. The European Commission and the European Parliament received EMAS certificates for their sites in Luxembourg.
The Court of Justice of the European Union, The European Court of Auditors and the SuperDrecksKëscht also received an EMAS certificate. The Minister for the Environment hopes that with the distribution of these certificates, other companies in Luxembourg will also become aware of the EU Ecolabel and EMAS and will commit to sustainability and active environmental protection.
Basque Ecodesign Meeting 2017 - International event on ecodesign
“Better products & services for a new circular economy”
Every two years, the Basque Ecodesign Center organises an international event on ecodesign, the Basque Ecodesign Meeting BEM2017.
It is one of Europe’s most important ecodesign meetings and attracts nearly five hundred company representatives in the realm of strategic decision-making and interested in introducing ecodesign and product environmental innovation in the policies of their organisations to obtain competitive advantages. Professionals and technicians from the field of product and service industrial design, the university and the public administration also take part.
The 2017 Basque Ecodesign Meeting is going to focus on analysing the implications for the industrial sector of the change of economic model as the result of the transition towards a Circular Economy in Europe, and on how to be in a position to change those challenges into business opportunities and to enhance business competitiveness. Over 120 speakers from different social-economic areas from the public administration to the private sector will be taking part at the 2017 Basque Ecodesign Meeting to analyse those issues. That will be divided into 2 conference days, with three plenary and 12 parallel sessions being held. In short, a conference that is going to turn Bilbao and the Basque Country into one of the best European forum to talk, discuss and agree about the future challenges facing the industrial sector.
Additional information regarding the event can be found here.
Successful Event at RAL on promoting the revised EU Ecolabel for Cleaning products
Almost 40 participants – licence holders and companies interested in applying for the EU Ecolabel - took part on the information event for the EU Ecolabel for washing and cleaning products on August, 23, 2017.
As Competent Body for the European Ecolabel, RAL together with the German Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) have already hosted for the second time an event in the new RAL premises.
Henning Scholtz, Head of Environmental Eco Labelling and President of the EUEB, Dr. Peter Buttner, responsible for the assessment and verification of the Ecolabels at RAL and Marcus Gast of the FEA presented the criteria that products have to fulfil in order to be awarded with the ecolabels and explained the application process and use of the label.
The criteria can be found here.
Additional information regarding the German Competent Body and application process in Germany here.
Powerful eco-labels for European laminate floors
The European Producers of Laminate Flooring have issued a press release stating the importance and advantages of ecolabels in the sector.
Dr. Theo Smet, Commissioner of the EPLF Working Group, has contributed to the development of the EU Ecolabel criteria and is expecting positive impact of this European initiative: "With the new criteria for flooring based on wood, cork or bamboo, the EU Ecolabel can give a clear signal to end-consumers for high quality on the international level. Environment and sustainability can be a convincing sales argument for the European laminate flooring manufacturers."
The criteria can be found here.
Call for expression of interest Boosting the circular economy amongst SMEs in Europe
The European Commission invites: SME support organisations, green solution providers and regional authorities in the European Union to put themselves forward if they are interested in participating in a pilot project providing them respectively with training, support and policy advice regarding resource efficiency, eco-innovation and circular economy.
For this project we are looking for:
If you are interested to participate please look for more information and submit an expression of interest before September 18th September 2017 by filling in the digital application that are located at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/circular-economy-smes/
Please feel free to disseminate this information to potentially interested parties in your network!
If you have any further question please write to ENV-PILOT-PROJECT@ec.europa.eu
EU Ecolabel Workshop in Bonn, Germany on 10th July
To encourage wider EU Ecolabel certification within the floor covering and furniture sector the Competent Body for the EU Ecolabel in Germany (RAL gGmbH) organised together with the European Commission a workshop on the new EU Ecolabel criteria for Furniture and Wood-, cork- and bamboo-based floor coverings. Guest speakers from the European Laminate flooring industry and from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) shared their views on challenges and benefits of the EU Ecolabel.
Attending participants from manufacturing sectors, as well as retailers, associations could find out how and why to apply for the EU Ecolabel, one of the most practical tools of the Circular Economy.
The presentations and the agenda of the workshop (in German) can be found here.
EMAS and EU Ecolabel Fitness Check
On 30 June 2017 the Commission adopted a report presenting the conclusions of the extensive evaluation (Fitness Check) of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and of the EU Ecolabel scheme.
The purpose of the Fitness Check was to analyse the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and the EU added value of the EMAS and EU Ecolabel schemes. In doing so, the Fitness Check assessed if the EU Ecolabel regulation is fit for purpose, whether its objectives have been met and whether implementation has been done in a cost-effective way.
You can find the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council, the Fitness Check and the accompanying documents below:
- Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council
- Fitness Check
- Executive Summary of the Fitness Check
- Supporting evaluation study and synthesis report
- Press Release
The first EU Ecolabel SHOWROOM a great success!
Between June 21 and 25, the first EU Ecolabel pop-up venue, The SHOWROOM, landed in the centre of Brussels to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the label. It featured over one hundred of the EU Ecolabel’s most emblematic products and services, from textiles, clothing and furniture, to detergents, cosmetics and paints to name a few.
On 21 June The SHOWROOM was officially opened by Mr Kestutis Sadauskas, Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG Environment, and Mr Henning Scholtz, President of the European Union Ecolabelling Board. The EU Ecolabelling Board and the national EU Ecolabel Competent Bodies were also there.
On 23 June Mr Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, together with Ms Marie-Christine Marghem, Belgian Federal Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development paid an official visit to The SHOWROOM. They demonstrated the effectiveness of EU Ecolabelled products by cleaning The SHOWROOM window with an EU Ecolabelled detergent.
The SHOWROOM provided the opportunity to engage the public in learning more about the EU Ecolabel and the products certified by it. The space had the goal of showcasing how prevalent Europe’s most trusted ecolabel has become after 25 years. There were two animators for the duration of the event who encouraged passers-by to visit the SHOWROOM and who explained the principles of the EU Ecolabel to them.
For 5 days, a series of activities related to sustainable production, products and consumption ran alongside the main exhibition, including workshops on reuse and leading a zero waste lifestyle. 4 school classes also visited The SHOWROOM and were given a presentation on the EU Ecolabel and sustainable products.
There was also a competition to win two nights in an EU Ecolabelled hotel in Bruges.
Plans of similar installations in other European cities are on-going so stay tuned for an EU Ecolabelled SHOWROOM near you!
More pictures can be found here.
Press coverage:French Fashion Touch, 06/2017 , ''ÉCOLABEL AVEC LA COMMISSION EUROPÉENNE, BRUXELLES''
The European Commission DG ENV hosted the third webinar of the EU Ecolabel!
Together with the Belgian and Danish Competent Bodies and Coop Italia, DG Environment explored possibilities to build stronger partnerships with retailers to better promote consumer products with the EU Ecolabel and to showcase how retailers can benefit too by integrating the EU Ecolabel in their CSR and marketing.
Sustainable consumption has become a trend. More and more customers care about where and how their products are made and they want to be sure that their store also cares. But with the mushrooming of green claims and labels, it is difficult for consumers to distinguish between genuine green marketing and green washing. The EU Ecolabel offers advantages to consumers, producers and retailers alike, by providing a clear environmental message and a sound way of communicating companies' commitment to sustainability.
The webinar was well attended by retailers, producers and stakeholders from civil society and concluded by a lively discussion.
You can find the agenda and presentations here; the recording of the webinar is available here. (90 min - mp4, 65 MB).
Sustainable laundry from Holland to Dubai
Millions of liters of cleaning agents leave Spectro every year. Recently, Spectro has received the EU Ecolabel for their Ecodet Laundry Detergents.
This Dutch family company has made professional cleaning agents for over 50 years. When Laurens’ generation took over the company, they chose to go for a new direction. “We are always moving forward,” says CEO Laurens Metternich, “Sustainability and innovation are core values for us.”
Intelligent dosing system
Laurens continues, “Now we offer highly concentrated laundry detergents in an intelligent dosing system, which is connected to the washing machine. The user will dose the laundry detergent with the simple touch of a button. Overdosing becomes a thing from the past. In addition, you can monitor the amount of laundry product used. The dispenser is also energy neutral: it has a special battery and a solar panel so that it can recharge itself.”
EU Ecolabel = Recognition
With this product, Spectro is aiming for semi-professional washing machines. Metternich explains, “For example care homes, sports clubs, restaurants, hotels or contract cleaners. We have made the system as user-friendly as possible, with simple colour coding for the different types of products. We wanted the EU Ecolabel because for us it means recognition and it is broadly accepted in tenders from the government and other organisations.”
Finding the right fragrance
“The certification of the two laundry detergents went fairly smoothly”, says Metternich. “We already have a lot of products with the EU Ecolabel, which made it easier for us. The biggest challenge was to find a fragrance that keeps the fibres fresh and meets the EU Ecolabel requirements at the same time. With the help of our fragrance supplier we were successful and we have received the certificate for these products”.
Growth market in Dubai
Metternich has high expectations for this product: “It’s market is expanding more and more throughout Europe and even outside of Europe. An important growth market is Dubai. It’s not what you would expect, but there is a lot of interest in sustainable products over there. And for them the EU Ecolabel is reliable proof for a sustainable product with high quality”.
Win a beautiful set of EU Ecolabel organic cotton towels!
The Austrian Competent Body is organising a competition to celebrate 25 years of the EU Ecolabel and YOU can participate and win! The prize is a high quality set of EU Ecolabelled organic cotton towels (bath towel, hand towel and washcloth) from Framsohn.
Enter here to win.
The contest runs until April 23rd 2017.
Recycled polyester made from used plastic bottles - new EU Ecolabel awards for Camira
Coinciding with the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the EU Ecolabel, UK based interior textile designer and manufacturer Camira have been awarded the EU Ecolabel for their latest wool and polyester fabric launches.
Camira’s first EU Ecolabel accreditation originally came in 2011 for a collection of recycled polyester fabrics. They have since expanded their certificate to include 17 different product ranges. Most recently in 2017, they have achieved certification for new fabrics Patina, Synergy, Synergy 170, Individuo and Rivet.
Launched in February 2017, Patina is Camira’s newest performance wool and flax blend available in 43 different colourways. Synergy is made from premium New Zealand wool and available in 75 shades. Panel fabric Synergy 170 is available in 24 carefully selected Synergy colours and Individuo has a fluid, graduated appearance where no two areas of the fabric are same. Rivet meanwhile is made from 100% REPREVE®, a brand of recycled polyester made from used plastic bottles, Rivet celebrates Camira’s 20 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing recycled fabrics.
Paul Arnold, Sustainability Manager at Camira commented, “Sustainability considerations are at the heart of our design and manufacturing processes. We’re proud to have our developments in environmental innovation recognised by the EU Ecolabel, which allows textile specifiers to create fully certified fabric schemes for commercial interiors.”
Environmental and skin friendly: EU Ecolabel for liquid soap "Ecosan" by Peter Greven Physioderm (PGP)
The German Competent Body visited the company in Euskirchen as PGP has received the EU Ecolabel for their B2B liquid soap last year. The visit was used to congratulate PGP for their environmental engagement that by far exceeds the legal requirements and is best communicated by the voluntary EU Ecolabel.
"Consumers are increasingly interested in buying products that are better for the environment. But they also want products with a high quality" says Henning Scholtz from the German Competent Body RAL gGmbH, who awarded PGP the premium Ecolabel. Health related issues are important for professional skin cleaners that are used several times a day. PGP liquid soap is also skin friendly and suitable for people who suffer from allergies.
Bert Nolte (PGP), Henning Scholtz (RAL), Robert Bornicke (PGP)
Happy birthday to us and them!
23rd of March is a big day for EU companies and consumers! It's been 25 years since the EU Ecolabel scheme was launched and adopted in EU law as a voluntary ecolabel award scheme. 25 years on, and the EU Ecolabel continues to help consumers lead a healthier, safer and more sustainable lifestyle across Europe and beyond. There are 40 000 EU Ecolabel products and services currently covered by the scheme. For your company it:
- CERTIFIES that your product is among the most environmentally-friendly in its class
- DIFFERENCIATES your product on the global market
- SHOWCASES your company's CSR and commitments to sustainable production, and
- CONTRIBUTES to achieving a circular economy.
The EU Ecolabel appreciates all the licence holders and partners that believe in sustainability and help us promoting the heathy and responsible lifestyle amongst EU citizens and companies.
Applications open: EU Ecolabel National Awards 2017
The Italian Ecolabel-Ecoaudit Committee and ISPRA, the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, encourage all current license holders to apply for the EU Ecolabel Awards for:
1) The best communication campaign relating to a product or service certified in Italy, which has contributed to increasing the recognition of the label
2) The most innovative product or service from an environmental perspective (in terms of design, use, etc.)
License holders can apply to one or both of the awards. Winners will be selected for each enterprise category (micro, small and medium enterprises, large enterprises).
More information can be found here.
Applications must be received by April 30th, 2017.
Great success for the round table on environmental product certifications with focus on EU Ecolabel at H3i
On the 8th of March 2017, Punto 3 Srl held a roundtable in collaboration with GSA - the Journal of Environmental Services themed ''Environmental product certifications: a market opportunity?'' as part of the H3i - Household, Industrial & Institutional Ingredients Event. Within a lively and dynamic format, the speakers discussed a very sensitive topic in front of a numerous and interested audience.
The panel was composed of: Walter Bertozzi (Certiquality), Gianluca Cesarei (Ispra - Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), Massimiliano Fadin (Per Pulire), Salvatore Inglese (Sutter Professional), Massimo Grignani (Werner & Mertz) and Maria Cristina Poggesi (Ippr - Institute for the Promotion of recycled plastic).
Environmental certifications were the focus of the debate, starting of course from EU Ecolabel, which is increasingly considered as a commercial opportunity, as well as a tool for protecting the environment and human health. Moreover, the audience was informed about the contents of the next Ecolabel criteria on detergents, which will soon be published. During the conference some meaningful evolutions have been predicted, such as the possibility of selling detergents in recycled plastic containers, with similar performance to traditional ones.
The European Commission DG ENV and JRC IPTS hosted the second webinar of the 2017 webinar series on March 9th for the rinse off cosmetic product group.
With growing consumer demand for environmentally neutral and socially responsible personal care products, and a market where sustainability is the new norm, it is the perfect time for companies leading in corporate social responsibility to become recognised with a reliable environmental label.
To encourage wider EU Ecolabel certification within the rinse off cosmetics product group, the EU Ecolabel team hosted another promotional webinar, explaining the criteria, the certification process, and the support tools available for potential applicants. The webinar was well-attended by industry stakeholders, retailers, chambers of commerce and cosmetics/chemicals associations and followed by a lively Q&A.
The recording of the webinar is available here (68 min - mp4, 112 MB).
Keep an eye out for future webinars and workshops on specific product groups, which will also be available for anyone to attend.
1st AHWG meeting for the revision of EU Ecolabel for the products group Lubricants
1st AhWG for Lubricants product group was organised by JRC Circular Economy and Industrial Leadership unit in Seville. It was attended by high number of stakeholders, industry representatives and NGOs. JRC has presented preliminary report that includes revision of scope and definition and range of improvements for the current criteria set in order to increase the ambition level and improve the environmental performance of lubricants product group. Mainstreaming and simplification of verification process is also one of the goals.
Stakeholders can provide comments on technical report and criteria proposals by the end of February. 2nd AhWG is planned for October 2017 and final report for 2018.
Revised EU Ecolabel criteria published by the European Commission on 2nd of February
In the Circular Economy Action Plan the Commission has pledged to take action to enhance the uptake of the EU Ecolabel. Following up on this, on 25 January 2017, the Commission has adopted a revised set of criteria for the service group "Tourism Accommodation" and product group "Wood-, Cork- and Bamboo-based Floor Coverings", in accordance with the EU Ecolabel Regulation.
Tourist Accommodation services (Decision 2017/175/EC): The new simplified service group will help EU citizens who want to travel sustainably and make an informed decision about their accommodation. The criteria, which were drafted in collaboration with several Commission services, stakeholders and industry, address present-day environmental hotspots of the hotels sector such as energy and water consumption, and waste generation. Criteria also address the problem of food waste and propose measures like: educating the guests on food waste, monitoring of food waste, preventive actions against food waste, as well as encouraging accommodations to provide local and seasonal products. For the first time criteria also address the social dimension by including new requirements related to employee minimum wage, insurance and working hours. Currently, there are 796 licences that are held by individual entrepreneurs or big hotel groups, please see our catalogue to discover the range of EU Ecolabel hotels.
A new product group "Wood-, Cork- and Bamboo-based Floor Coverings" is replacing the previous criteria for "Wooden Floor Coverings". The new criteria require that most of the virgin wood, cork and bamboo used in the finished products originate from certified sustainably managed forests. In addition, the Commission has updated a set of requirements to ensure lower energy consumption for manufacturing. Furthermore, the new criteria limit the VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) content of some raw materials; ban the use of flame retardants as well as other harmful chemicals. Currently only an Italian manufacturer "Lignum Venetia"that represents this product group, but knowing the potential of the wooden sector, the European Commission together with the JRC Circular Economy & Industrial Leadership team is planning to organise a series of workshops to increase the number of licences. The first one targeting the wood product sector will take place in Germany during the first half of the year.
MEP breakfast on food waste reduction - 31 January 2017 - European Parliament
Today MEP Biljana Borzan and HOTREC invited stakeholders from the hospitality sector to present initiatives on tackling food waste.
HOTREC, the umbrella association of national trade associations representing the hotels, restaurants, cafés and similar establishments in Europe, developed guidelines for hospitality establishments to reduce food waste.
Last week, new criteria for the EU Ecolabel for tourist accommodations have been adopted by the European Commission. They focus on addressing present day environmental hotspots of the hotel sector (e.g. water and energy consumption, and waste generation) also addressing requirements on food waste reduction. Measures include monitoring of food waste, preventative actions and educating guests. They also encourage accommodations to provide local, seasonal and organic products.
The EU Ecolabel gives excellence recognition to those organisations that reduce the environmental impact of their activities. The EU Ecolabel welcomes HOTREC's guidelines as they complement the EU Ecolabel requirements and offer practical measures for reducing food waste in the hospitality sector.
The European Commission launched its first webinar on EU Ecolabel for Personal, Notebook and Tablet Computers on the 23rd of January 2017
The European Commission recently adopted new EU Ecolabel criteria for computers (personal, notebook and tablet computers). These new criteria make the EU Ecolabel a leader in promoting a circular economic model by improving energy efficiency, restricting hazardous substances and encouraging designs that lead to a longer product lifetime and make repairs, upgrade and recycling easier.
To encourage wider EU Ecolabel certification within the computers sector, the EU Ecolabel team hosted a promotional webinar explaining the new criteria, the certification process and the support tools available for potential applicants, such as the Competent Bodies and the Computer User Manual. The webinar was well attended and was followed by a lively Q&A session.
Keep an eye out for future webinars and workshops on specific product groups, which will also be available for anyone to attend.
Ecolabel Awarding Ceremony, Vienna, Austria
Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter awarded the EU and Austrian Ecolabels to 30 environmentally-friendly companies during the Ecolabel Awarding Ceremony in Vienna, Austria. The event took place at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management on December 20th, 2016.
Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter with an award recipient
Rupprechter emphasized the importance of what the Ecolabel stands for: ''These companies combine sustainable business with entrepreneurial success. They stand for environmental compatibility and high quality, their ecological commitment goes far beyond legal requirements.''
Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter presenting about the EU and Austrian Ecolabels
Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter with an award recipient
Products or services of the following companies were awarded with the EU Ecolabel during the ceremony:
- Ueberreuter Print & Packaging GmbH (Austria)
- Paul Gerin GmbH & Co KG (Austria)
- VIGL-DRUCK GmbH (Austria)
- BUCHER AG MOTOREX Schmiertechnik (Switzerland)
Hand Dishwashing Detergents
- Tana-Chemie Gmbh (Germany)
- Swiss Quality Paper AG
Tourist Accommodation Services
- Hotel Schani (Austria)
National Quality Awards Ceremony at Prague Castle, Czech Republic
The National Quality Awards Ceremony took place at the Prague Castle on November 22nd, 2016. The best performing companies and organizations were awarded national quality awards and the National Award of the Czech Republic for social responsibility and sustainable development. Two of the national quality awards are the EU Ecolabel and the Czech Ecolabel. This ceremony had the patronage of Czech President Milos Zeman, chairman of the Senate Petr Pithart, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek, and many other distinguished guests. It also saw active participation of businesses, representatives of business associations and organizations, and the media.
National Quality Awards Ceremony at Prague Castle, Czech Republic
CENIA, the Czech Environmental Information Agency has decided to highlight and reward two organizations this year, Triangl and SEVER.
Triangl, A.S. has achieved the EU Ecolabel in the printed paper product group, as the third organization in the Czech Republic. The Triangl a.s. company is one of the most important and best-equipped printing companies in the Czech Republic, with more than 20 years' experience. This company is also certified in ISO 9001:2009, PEFC, FSC.
The Environmental Education Centre SEVER in Tradition, Outdoors and Culture House TOUCH (DOTEK) and in the building of school in Horní Maršov - this organization obtained the EU Ecolabel certificate for the Tourist Accommodation Services product group. They also achieved the Czech Ecolabel 'Environmentally friendly service'. SEVER is one of the largest and oldest Czech non-governmental organizations in the field of environmental and development education (sustainability education), which is situated in the highest mountains and the oldest national park of the Czech Republic, the Krkonoše Mountains.
From left: representative of SEVER; Deputy Minister for Section of EU Funds, Economic and Voluntary Instruments at the Ministry of Environment - Ing. Jan Kříž; Director of Technical Environmental Protection Department of CENIA - RNDr. Jan Prášek; and representative of Triangl, A.S.
Global Ecolabelling Network commits to growth, consistency and leadership
The EU Ecolabel team attended the Annual General Meeting of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) in Kiev, Ukraine (October 18-20, 2016). Within the framework of the event the presentation on Circular Economy package and its main principles and how the EU Ecolabel can acts as a pioneer in promoting circular economy was given by European Commission.
GEN currently has a network of over 30 members, associates and affiliates, spread across some 60 countries and territories. It is the world's pre-eminent network of ISO-defined "Type 1" ecolabels.
Press conference: European standards for sustainable Development of Ukraine new directions, new opportunities: interpreter, Svetlana Berzina (Green Mind), Kristine Dorosko (European Commission), Ulf Jaeckel (Federal Ministry for Environment Germany), Björn-Erik Lönn (Nordic Swan)
Successful participation or partnership is to be continued or increased with compatible international organisations and programmes, such as UNEP-10YFP (the UN Environment Programme 10 year framework of programmes), GIZ programmes (the German agency for international cooperation for sustainable development) and the World Green Building Council.
Delegates voted to accept the application of software giant Google Inc. for affiliate membership. The information technology company has introduced a green procurement policy consistent with the most stringent sustainability requirements of GEN, and in its application has vowed to support the network in its outreach.
Over the three days, members also attended workshops on communications, strategic outreach and ecolabel effectiveness measurement, and discussed a pilot mobile device app for recognising ecolabelled products, developed and presented by the Russian Vitality Leaf programme.
Global Green Destination Day - Ljubljana, Slovenia (27-28 September 2016)
The EU Ecolabel was given recognition to sustainable tourist accommodations and campsites across Europe. It is a proud partner of the 2016 Global Green Destinations Day, and the European Commission joined the celebration of World Tourism Day in Ljubljana, European Green Capital 2016. To get more insight of the event, check the following link : http://greendestinationsday.com/word-partnereu-ecolabel/
A new search portal for EU Ecolabel products and tourist Accommodations is coming soon...
The EU Ecolabel Catalogue (ECAT) is undergoing a mass update to have a fresh new look! The Catalogue is a search portal that makes it easier to sport out the product, see the pictures of the product and read more information on your selected product. The EU Ecolabel Product Catalogue and Tourist Accommodation Catalogue are now separated, bringing about refined search results with its optimised drop down menus and search boxes. There will be also a mobile friendly version and you will be able to browse through our product range directly from you smartphone.
EU Ecolabel and EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) assessed under REFIT
The Commissions Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) aims to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value of specific parts of the EU acquis. The EU Ecolabel and EMAS Regulations have been selected to be part of this exercise. The results are expected by the end of 2016.
Read the August 2016 press release on the European Commission's newest set of ecological criteria, adopted under the existing EU Ecolabel scheme for the product groups of: Furniture, Footwear and Computers.
From now on, manufacturers of footwear, furniture and computers (personal, notebook and tablet computers) who wish to benefit from the EU Ecolabel will have to comply with strict requirements that focus on the environmental performance of the product, but also cover product safety and social aspects.
Discover the shortlist for the LIFE 2016 funding
The EU LIFE programme offers funding possibilities for projects that protect the environment and tackle the impact of climate change.
Under the LIFE "traditional projects" category, LIFE may fund best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects.