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Facts and Figures

Competent Body Statistical Reporting

The EU Ecolabel, which was launched in 1992 by the European Commission in light of developing a Europe-wide voluntary environmental labelling scheme that consumers could trust, now has 36 403 products and services comprised by 1 875 licences (as of the March 2016 reporting period).

Chart and graphic representations of Competent Bodies’ biannual statistical reports on licences and products/services since December 2012 can be found in each biannual issue of the News Alert Special Editions. Upon the European Commission’s objective to ensure statistical comparability, a guidance on how to report the number of EU Ecolabel licences and products/services was released to all Competent Bodies, setting a standard of how data shall be reported on the EU level for statistical purposes. Consequently, this Facts and Figures page is updated biannually, starting from the harmonised September 2014 reporting period.

Statistical Overview

The following two charts show the evolution of EU Ecolabel licences and products/services since the harmonised September 2014 reporting period. Updates are performed on these graphs every six months in March and September.

Specificities on the reporting periods:

  • The validity of the indoor paints and varnishes' product group expired on 28 February 2016 and was replaced by the product group indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes.
  • The validity of the outdoor paints and varnishes' product group expired on 28 February 2016 and was replaced by the product group indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes.
  • The validity of the soaps, shampoos, and hair conditioners’ product group expired on 9 December 2015 and was replaced by the product group rinse-off cosmetics.The light sources' product group was removed from the scheme on 31 December 2015.
  • The textile floor coverings' product group was removed from the scheme on 31 December 2015.

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Statistical Reporting Periods

The below graphs, that correspond to the newest of each reporting period, refer to the number of licences and its corresponding products and services that are awarded by each EEA country. Please note that EU Ecolabel products can be sold across European countries as well as worldwide, however product availability per country is not displayed in the graphs below.

All statistics are subject to modification at any given time.

March 2016 Reporting Period

Total EU Ecolabel Licences Per Country

During this reporting period (March 2016), the largest number of EU Ecolabel licences was awarded in France (26%), Italy (18%), and Germany (12%).

Specificities on the reporting period:

  • Iceland and Croatia have not awarded any EU Ecolabel licences.
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Total EU Ecolabel Products and Services Per Country

Out of the total licences in the March 2016 reporting period, the majority of products/services comprised within this total are from Italy (46%), France (10%), and Spain (9%).

Specificities on the reporting period:

  • Iceland and Croatia have not awarded any EU Ecolabel products or services.

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