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Ecolabel Awarding Ceremony, Vienna, Austria

Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter awarded the EU and Austrian Ecolabels to 30 environmentally-friendly companies during the Ecolabel Awarding Ceremony in Vienna, Austria. The event took place at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management on December 20th, 2016.

Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter with an award recipient

Rupprechter emphasized the importance of what the Ecolabel stands for: ''These companies combine sustainable business with entrepreneurial success. They stand for environmental compatibility and high quality, their ecological commitment goes far beyond legal requirements.''

Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter presenting about the EU and Austrian Ecolabels

Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter with an award recipient

Products or services of the following companies were awarded with the EU Ecolabel during the ceremony:
Printed products

  • Ueberreuter Print & Packaging GmbH (Austria)
  • Paul Gerin GmbH & Co KG (Austria)
  • VIGL-DRUCK GmbH (Austria)

Lubricants

  • BUCHER AG MOTOREX Schmiertechnik (Switzerland)

Hand Dishwashing Detergents

  • Tana-Chemie Gmbh (Germany)

Tissue Paper

  • Swiss Quality Paper AG

Tourist Accommodation Services

  • Hotel Schani (Austria)

National Quality Awards Ceremony at Prague Castle, Czech Republic

The National Quality Awards Ceremony took place at the Prague Castle on November 22nd, 2016. The best performing companies and organizations were awarded national quality awards and the National Award of the Czech Republic for social responsibility and sustainable development. Two of the national quality awards are the EU Ecolabel and the Czech Ecolabel. This ceremony had the patronage of Czech President Milos Zeman, chairman of the Senate Petr Pithart, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek, and many other distinguished guests. It also saw active participation of businesses, representatives of business associations and organizations, and the media.

National Quality Awards Ceremony at Prague Castle, Czech Republic

CENIA, the Czech Environmental Information Agency has decided to highlight and reward two organizations this year, Triangl and SEVER.

Triangl, A.S. has achieved the EU Ecolabel in the printed paper product group, as the third organization in the Czech Republic. The Triangl a.s. company is one of the most important and best-equipped printing companies in the Czech Republic, with more than 20 years’ experience. This company is also certified in ISO 9001:2009, PEFC, FSC.

The Environmental Education Centre SEVER in Tradition, Outdoors and Culture House TOUCH (DOTEK) and in the building of school in Horní Maršov - this organization obtained the EU Ecolabel certificate for the Tourist Accommodation Services product group. They also achieved the Czech Ecolabel 'Environmentally friendly service'. SEVER is one of the largest and oldest Czech non-governmental organizations in the field of environmental and development education (sustainability education), which is situated in the highest mountains and the oldest national park of the Czech Republic, the Krkonoše Mountains.

From left: representative of SEVER; Deputy Minister for Section of EU Funds, Economic and Voluntary Instruments at the Ministry of Environment - Ing. Jan Kříž; Director of Technical Environmental Protection Department of CENIA - RNDr. Jan Prášek; and representative of Triangl, A.S.

Global Ecolabelling Network commits to growth, consistency and leadership

The EU Ecolabel team attended the Annual General Meeting of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) in Kiev, Ukraine (October 18-20, 2016). Within the framework of the event the presentation on Circular Economy package and its main principles and how the EU Ecolabel can acts as a pioneer in promoting circular economy was given by European Commission.

GEN currently has a network of over 30 members, associates and affiliates, spread across some 60 countries and territories. It is the world’s pre-eminent network of ISO-defined “Type 1” ecolabels.

Press conference: European standards for sustainable Development of Ukraine ­ new directions, new opportunities: interpreter, Svetlana Berzina (Green Mind), Kristine Dorosko (European Commission), Ulf Jaeckel (Federal Ministry for Environment Germany), Björn-Erik Lönn (Nordic Swan)

Successful participation or partnership is to be continued or increased with compatible international organisations and programmes, such as UNEP-10YFP (the UN Environment Programme 10 year framework of programmes), GIZ programmes (the German agency for international cooperation for sustainable development) and the World Green Building Council.

Delegates voted to accept the application of software giant Google Inc. for affiliate membership. The information technology company has introduced a green procurement policy consistent with the most stringent sustainability requirements of GEN, and in its application has vowed to support the network in its outreach.

GEN Members

Over the three days, members also attended workshops on communications, strategic outreach and ecolabel effectiveness measurement, and discussed a pilot mobile device app for recognising ecolabelled products, developed and presented by the Russian Vitality Leaf programme.

Global Green Destination Day – Ljubljana, Slovenia (27-28 September 2016)

The EU Ecolabel was given recognition to sustainable tourist accommodations and campsites across Europe. It is a proud partner of the 2016 Global Green Destinations Day, and the European Commission joined the celebration of World Tourism Day in Ljubljana, European Green Capital 2016. To get more insight of the event, check the following link : http://greendestinationsday.com/word-partnereu-ecolabel/

A new search portal for EU Ecolabel products and tourist Accommodations is coming soon...

The EU Ecolabel Catalogue (ECAT) is undergoing a mass update to have a fresh new look! The Catalogue is a search portal that makes it easier to sport out the product, see the pictures of the product and read more information on your selected product. The EU Ecolabel Product Catalogue and Tourist Accommodation Catalogue are now separated, bringing about refined search results with its optimised drop down menus and search boxes. There will be also a mobile friendly version and you will be able to browse through our product range directly from you smartphone.

EU Ecolabel and EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) assessed under REFIT

The Commissions Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) aims to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value of specific parts of the EU acquis. The EU Ecolabel and EMAS Regulations have been selected to be part of this exercise. The results are expected by the end of 2016.

News Updates

Read the August 2016 press release on the European Commission’s newest set of ecological criteria, adopted under the existing EU Ecolabel scheme for the product groups of: Furniture, Footwear and Computers.

From now on, manufacturers of footwear, furniture and computers (personal, notebook and tablet computers) who wish to benefit from the EU Ecolabel will have to comply with strict requirements that focus on the environmental performance of the product, but also cover product safety and social aspects.

Discover the shortlist for the LIFE 2016 funding

The EU LIFE programme offers funding possibilities for projects that protect the environment and tackle the impact of climate change.

Under the LIFE "traditional projects" category, LIFE may fund best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects.

Refer to the LIFE page for more information