Here you can find news about the EU Ecolabel and learn about upcoming developments.
1st AHWG meeting for the revision of EU Ecolabel for the products group Lubricants
1st AhWG for Lubricants product group was organised by JRC Circular Economy and Industrial Leadership unit in Seville. It was attended by high number of stakeholders, industry representatives and NGOs. JRC has presented preliminary report that includes revision of scope and definition and range of improvements for the current criteria set in order to increase the ambition level and improve the environmental performance of lubricants product group. Mainstreaming and simplification of verification process is also one of the goals.
Stakeholders can provide comments on technical report and criteria proposals by the end of February. 2nd AhWG is planned for October 2017 and final report for 2018.
Revised EU Ecolabel criteria published by the European Commission on 2nd of February
In the Circular Economy Action Plan the Commission has pledged to take action to enhance the uptake of the EU Ecolabel. Following up on this, on 25 January 2017, the Commission has adopted a revised set of criteria for the service group "Tourism Accommodation" and product group "Wood-, Cork- and Bamboo-based Floor Coverings", in accordance with the EU Ecolabel Regulation.
Tourist Accommodation services (Decision 2017/175/EC): The new simplified service group will help EU citizens who want to travel sustainably and make an informed decision about their accommodation. The criteria, which were drafted in collaboration with several Commission services, stakeholders and industry, address present-day environmental hotspots of the hotels sector such as energy and water consumption, and waste generation. Criteria also address the problem of food waste and propose measures like: educating the guests on food waste, monitoring of food waste, preventive actions against food waste, as well as encouraging accommodations to provide local and seasonal products. For the first time criteria also address the social dimension by including new requirements related to employee minimum wage, insurance and working hours. Currently, there are 796 licences that are held by individual entrepreneurs or big hotel groups, please see our catalogue to discover the range of EU Ecolabel hotels.
A new product group "Wood-, Cork- and Bamboo-based Floor Coverings" is replacing the previous criteria for "Wooden Floor Coverings". The new criteria require that most of the virgin wood, cork and bamboo used in the finished products originate from certified sustainably managed forests. In addition, the Commission has updated a set of requirements to ensure lower energy consumption for manufacturing. Furthermore, the new criteria limit the VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) content of some raw materials; ban the use of flame retardants as well as other harmful chemicals. Currently only an Italian manufacturer "Lignum Venetia"that represents this product group, but knowing the potential of the wooden sector, the European Commission together with the JRC Circular Economy & Industrial Leadership team is planning to organise a series of workshops to increase the number of licences. The first one targeting the wood product sector will take place in Germany during the first half of the year.
MEP breakfast on food waste reduction - 31 January 2017 - European Parliament
Today MEP Biljana Borzan and HOTREC invited stakeholders from the hospitality sector to present initiatives on tackling food waste.
HOTREC, the umbrella association of national trade associations representing the hotels, restaurants, cafés and similar establishments in Europe, developed guidelines for hospitality establishments to reduce food waste.
Last week, new criteria for the EU Ecolabel for tourist accommodations have been adopted by the European Commission. They focus on addressing present day environmental hotspots of the hotel sector (e.g. water and energy consumption, and waste generation) also addressing requirements on food waste reduction. Measures include monitoring of food waste, preventative actions and educating guests. They also encourage accommodations to provide local, seasonal and organic products.
The EU Ecolabel gives excellence recognition to those organisations that reduce the environmental impact of their activities. The EU Ecolabel welcomes HOTREC's guidelines as they complement the EU Ecolabel requirements and offer practical measures for reducing food waste in the hospitality sector.
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Launching first webinar on EU Ecolabel for Personal, Notebook and Tablet Computers on the 23rd of January 2017
The European Commission recently adopted new EU Ecolabel criteria for computers (personal, notebook and tablet computers). These new criteria make the EU Ecolabel a leader in promoting a circular economic model by improving energy efficiency, restricting hazardous substances and encouraging designs that lead to a longer product lifetime and make repair, upgrade and recycling easier.
To encourage wider EU Ecolabel certification within the computers sector, the EU Ecolabel team hosted a promotional webinar explaining the new criteria, the certification process and the support tools available for potential applicants, such as the Competent Bodies and the Computer User Manual. The webinar was well attended and was followed by a lively Q&A session.
Keep an eye out for future webinars and workshops on specific product groups, which will also be available for anyone to attend.
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:
- Ueberreuter Print & Packaging GmbH (Austria)
- Paul Gerin GmbH & Co KG (Austria)
- VIGL-DRUCK GmbH (Austria)
- BUCHER AG MOTOREX Schmiertechnik (Switzerland)
Hand Dishwashing Detergents
- Tana-Chemie Gmbh (Germany)
- 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.
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.
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.