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Overview

Established in 1992, the EU Ecolabel is a third party certified Type I ISO 14024 aimed to promote products and services which have a reduced environmental impact thus helping European consumers distinguish more environmentally friendly products.

Recognised across Europe, the EU Ecolabel is a 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.

There are currently twenty-nine different product groups covering a wide range of categories, from rinse-off cosmetics to cleaning products, from home and garden to clothing and paper products, and from household appliances to tourist accommodation services.

As of September 2017, 2,130 licences have been awarded for 54,115 of products and services available on the market. The following two charts show the evolution of EU Ecolabel licences and products/services since the establishment of the EU Ecolabel. Updates are performed on these graphs every six months in March and September. 

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Specificities on the reporting periods

EU Ecolabel product and service group criteria are revised for pertinence on a recurrent basis by the European Commission. In case the new criteria enter into force, the old licenses lose their validity after a transition period.

For this reason, the following reporting periods either had a drop or an increase in the number of products/services:

  • March 2016: in line with the expiry and revision of the following product group criteria which had a significant amount of awarded products: indoor paints and varnishes, outdoor paints and varnishes, soaps, shampoos and hair conditioners.
  • March - September 2016: a significant amount of licences of the abovementioned product groups were reintegrated into the scheme after reassessment against the new criteria for each of its corresponding product groups. This upswing in licences and products/services is illustrated in the September 2016 statistics.
  • March 2017: a drop in products was due to the cancelation of several thousand hard covering products from one main licence holder.

 

Zoom on September 2017 statistical reporting period

Specificities on this reporting period

No licences have been awarded to flushing toilets and urinals, imaging equipment and water-based heaters. Due to lack of market uptake these product groups will be removed from the EU Ecolabel scheme in 2017 once their validity expires.

Iceland has not awarded any EU Ecolabel licences.

Licences per product/service group

Out of the total licences in September 2017, the majority of products/services comprised within this total are from tourist and accommodation services (34%), all-purpose cleaners (14%) and tissue paper (7%).

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Licences Per Country

In September 2017, the largest number of EU Ecolabel licences was awarded in France (22%), Italy (17%), and Germany (15%).

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Products/services per product/service group

Out of the total products/services in September 2017, the majority of products/services comprised within this total are from indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes (44%), tissue paper (15%) and copying and graphic paper (8%).

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Products/services per country

In September 2017, the majority of products/services comprised within this total are from Spain (34 %), Italy (16 %), and France (8 %).

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