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Overview

Established in 1992, the EU Ecolabel is a third party certified Type I ISO 14024 targeted at the European market and valid worldwide. This voluntary ecolabel aims at promoting products and services which have a reduced environmental impact, thus facilitating producer engagement towards the environment and helping European consumers distinguish more environmentally friendly and healthy products and services.

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-six different product groups covering a wide range of categories, from cleaning products to cleaning services, from home and garden to clothing and paper products, and from rinse-off cosmetics to tourist accommodation services.

As of September 2018, 2,167 licences have been awarded for 71,707 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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Details on yearly statistical variations

EU Ecolabel product and service group criteria are revised on a recurrent basis by the European Commission The criteria were revised in order to guarantee consumers the best environmental performance and the quality of the products awarded with the EU Ecolabel.

When new criteria enter into force, the old licences lose their validity after a transition period.
For this reason, variations in products/services and licences are seen from year to year. Statistics are reported according to the EC’s reporting methodology to the EU Ecolabel Helpdesk on a bi-annual basis in March and in September.

The following explanations are provided for the last three years:

  • 2016: A significant drop in licences and products occurred during the first reporting period in March 2016 due to the expiry and revision of the following product group criteria which had a significant number of awarded products: “indoor & outdoor paints and varnishes” and “rinse-off cosmetics”. During the second reporting period in September 2016, a significant number of licences of the above-mentioned product groups were reintegrated into the scheme after reassessment against the new criteria for each of its corresponding product groups. Despite the increase in licences and products/services during 2016’s second reporting period, the total number remained lower in 2016 as compared to 2015.

  • 2017: The significant upswing in products/services and licences as compared to 2016 was mainly attributed to the completed revisions and reintegration of products/services into the scheme for the “indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes” and “rinse-off cosmetics” product groups. It should also be noted that the revision of all five detergents criteria contributed to a slight drop in statistics during the first reporting period in March 2017 which was mostly recovered by the second reporting period in September 2017.

  • The criteria were revised in order to guarantee consumers the best environmental performance and the quality of the products awarded with the EU Ecolabel.

  • 2018: Statistics for licences and products/services gradually increased during this year across several product groups.

 

Zoom on September 2018 statistical reporting period

Specificities on this reporting period

To date, no licences have been awarded to “cleaning services”, “personal, notebook and tablet computers” and “water-based heaters”, . The number of EU Ecolabel products continued to increase in September 2018.

Licences per product/service group

Out of the total licences in September 2018, the majority of products/services are from tourist and accommodation services (34%), hard surface cleaning products (14%) and tissue paper (8%).

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Licences Per Country

In September 2018, the most licences were awarded in France (24%), Italy (15%), and Germany (15%).

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Products/services per product/service group

Out of the total products/services in September 2018, the majority of products/services are from indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes (51%), tissue paper (13%) and copying and graphic paper (6%).

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Products/services per country

In September 2018, the majority of products/services were awarded in Spain (42,5%), Italy (13%), and France (7%).

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