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Facts and Figures

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-seven 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 March 2018, 2,091 licences have been awarded for 70,099 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 licences 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 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. This upswing in licences and products/services is illustrated in the September 2016 statistics.
  • March 2018: no distinction is made between old criteria and new criteria of a same product group: both valid licences delivered under the former criteria and the new criteria are included in the calculation

 

Zoom on March 2018 statistical reporting period

Specificities on this reporting period

No licence has been awarded to personal, notebook and tablet computers. The number of EU Ecolabel products increased in March 2018 due to an uptake of the number of indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes that were awarded the EU Ecolabel. Even though the number of products increased, the number of licences that were awarded decreased due to the revision of the detergents products criteria. The criteria were revised in order to guarantee consumers the best environmental performance and the quality of the products awarded with the EU Ecolabel. Iceland has not awarded any EU Ecolabel licence.

Licences per product/service group

Out of the total licences in March 2018, the majority of products/services comprised within this total are from tourist and accommodation services (34%), hard surface cleaning products (13%) and tissue paper (8%).

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Licences Per Country

In March 2018, the largest number of EU Ecolabel licences was awarded in France (23 %), Italy (15 %), and Germany (15 %).

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Products/services per product/service group

Out of the total products/services in March 2018, the majority of products/services comprised within this total are from indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes (53%), tissue paper (13%) and copying and graphic paper (7%).

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Products/services per country

In March 2018, the majority of products/services comprised within this total are from Spain (43 %), Italy (13 %), and France (7 %).

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