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Facts and Figures

Thank you for visiting the Facts and Figures page. Currently there are some discrepancies concerning how licences and products are counted at Member State level. For this reason the EU Ecolabel Coordinator in DG Environment has decided to temporarily stop releasing updated statistics. We are addressing this problem and remain confident that updated and more reliable statistics will soon be released again. Thank you for your understanding.

Total Number of Licences Issued from 1992 to 2011

The EU Ecolabel was launched in 1992 when the European Community decided to develop a Europe-wide voluntary environmental scheme that consumers could trust. Since then, the number of products and services awarded the EU Ecolabel has increased every year. By the end of 2011, more than 1,300 licences had been awarded, and today, the EU Ecolabel can be found on more than 17,000 products. A licence gives a company the right to use the EU Ecolabel logo for a specific product group.

Total number of licences issued from 1992 to 2011

Number of EU Ecolabelled Products per Product Group Category (January 2012)

The EU Ecolabel currently covers a huge range of products and services, all non-food and non-medical. Tissue paper and all-purpose cleaners each equate to around 10% of EU Ecolabel products, while indoor paints and varnishes make up nearly 14%. The largest product group is hard floor coverings, which total more than 33% of EU Ecolabel products. Meanwhile there are hundreds of TVs, soaps, and shampoos to be found.

Number of EU Ecolabelled Products per Product Group Category (January 2012)

The numbers provided are indicative. The exact numbers are under validation and will be updated as soon as possible.

Number of EU Ecolabel Awards per Country (January 2012)

The EU Ecolabel has been awarded to the largest number of products in Italy, France and the UK. Italy has issued more than 50% of the total number of Ecolabel awards, while France and UK total 22% and 9% respectively. These are followed by the Netherlands and Spain. While these statistics refer to the awarding countries, EU Ecolabel products can be sold across the continent.

Number of EU Ecolabel licences issued per country (January 2012)

The numbers provided are indicative. The exact numbers are under validation and will be updated as soon as possible.