There are a number of other ecolabel schemes in Europe. The EU Ecolabel and national ecolabels coexist well. The EU Ecolabel Regulation requests that Member States and the European Commission ensure coordination between the EU Ecolabel and other national schemes, particularly in the selection of product groups and the development and revision of the criteria. The EU Ecolabel and these labels are developing a policy of cooperation and coordination.
When a product or service has been awarded both a national ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel, you will find the two logos displayed side by side on the product.
On the following sites, you can find useful information on these schemes.
General Manager, Mr Björn-Erik Lönn
The Nordic Ecolabel - the Swan label
Founded by the governments in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden back in 1989, the scheme covers both goods and services. Criteria have been specified for nearly 70 product groups. More than 6,500 products are licenced.
Administered in parallel with the Community Ecolabel by the five organisations acting as Competent Bodies in these countries.
AENOR was designated to carry out these activities by Order of the Ministry of Industry and Energy, on 26 February 1986.
AENOR is an organisation dedicated to the development of standardisation and certification in all industrial and service sectors. Its aim is to contribute to the improvement in quality and competitiveness of companies, and to environmental protection.
Its presence at international forums, both European and American, guarantees Spanish participation in the development of standardisation and the international recognition of AENOR certification.
The Emblem of Guarantee of Environmental Quality is an eco-labelling scheme created under the Catalan Government's Decree 316/1994 of 4 November.
On the one hand, the Emblem provides consumers and users with better, more reliable information. On the other hand, it promotes the design, production, marketing, use and consumption of products and services that fulfil certain environmental quality requirements beyond those established as compulsory under current regulations
For more and more food, consumer goods and services, SMK develops environmental criteria for Milieukeur. This covers the entire lifecycle of a product or service. From raw materials, energy and water, to harmful substances, packaging and waste. In foods, the criteria cover a limited use and low-emission application of pesticides and fertilisers and attention is paid to animal welfare, nature conservation and food safety.
Since 1978 the Blue Angel has set the standard for eco-friendly products and services selected by an independent jury in line with defined criteria. The Blue Angel is awarded to companies as a reward for their commitment to environmental protection. They use it to professionally promote their eco-friendly products in the market. The Blue Angel is an ecological beacon showing the consumer the way to the ecologically superior product and promotes environmentally conscious consumption.
The Austrian Eco-label
The Austrian Eco-Label was created based on the initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. This label provides the general public with information on the environmental impact of consumer goods that arises from their production and usage and attracts the attention of consumers to alternative environmentally-friendly products.
The NF mark is a collective certification mark. It guarantees the quality and safety of the products and services certified. The NF mark guarantees compliance not only with current standards, but also with additional quality criteria that meet consumers' needs.
For nearly 60 years it has adorned consumer products such as electric plugs, refrigerators, taps, and so on. More recently, service providers such as tourist offices and passenger transport companies have been highlighting the quality of their services through the NF Service mark.
Environmentally Friendly Products
The Czech Programme for Labelling Environmentally Friendly Products was declared on 14 April 1994. The system was initiated by the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of the Economy.
It is based on the creation of a competitive environment in the market among products of comparable qualitative parameters by introducing an additional selection criterion, which includes the specified environmental requirements for the product. Influencing consumption and production patterns promotes the implementation of sustainable development. The labelling of environmentally-friendly products is based on the prerequisite that the certification is done by an independent third party.
The Hungarian Eco-label
The Hungarian ecolabel was found in 1994, by the Ministry of Environment and Regional Development.
The label represents an oak, which is a robust, indigenous tree in Hungary.
At present, there are a total of 54 different product groups representing a span of 623 t products.
Criteria are fully harmonised with the EU Ecolabel requirements if the product group is also involved in the EU Ecolabel scheme.
The total number of licence holder companies is 60 so far.
Polish Eco Mark - Znak EKO
The polish ecological mark was created as a result of the initiative of the Ministry of the Environment and the Polish Centre for Testing and Certification (PCBC), in 1998. The national ecolabelling scheme is administered by PCBC in parallel with EU Ecolabel scheme. The Eco Mark scheme is compatible with the EU Ecolabel scheme; EU criteria are adopted for those product groups which are covered by both schemes.
Find more information about environmental labelling on the websites below.
The Global Ecolabelling Network - GEN
The Global Ecolabelling Network is a non-profit association founded in 1994 to improve and develop the ecolabelling of products and services world-wide.
TCO Development works to ensure that users of IT and office equipment have excellent products with a high degree of usability, while keeping environmental impact to a minimum.
TCO labelling is internationally recognised and products bearing the TCO label can be found throughout the world. Approximately half of all displays in the world are TCO-labelled.
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) is an environmental organisation with the power to bring about change.
We spread knowledge, map environmental threats, create solutions, and influence politicians and public authorities, at both national and international levels. Moreover, we are behind one of the world's most challenging ecolabellings, "Bra Miljöval" (Good Environmental Choice). Climate, the oceans, forests, environmental toxins, and agriculture are our main areas of involvement.
“Ecolabel Index is the largest global director of ecolabels, currently tracking in 214 countries, and 25 industry sectors.”
This site is home to an extensive list of certified ecolabels from around the world, and also provides up to date, relevant news and press coverage regarding different ecolabels. An easy to use search tool facilitates easy access to all of the different information that this site has to offer both suppliers and consumers.
Mr Alexandre Affre
Adviser Environmental Affairs
Av. De Cortenbergh 168
tel: (+32) 2 237 65 39
fax: (+32) 2 231.14.45
CEA-PME (European Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises)
Avenue de la Renaissance 1
B-1000 Brussels Belgium
Phone: +32 (0) 27 39 62 60
Fax: +32 (0) 27 39 62 79
Ms Géraldine Verbrugghe
Avenue des Nerviens 9-31
B- 1040 Brussels
Tel : +32 2 737 05 87
Ecolabel scheme, general environmental NGO representation in criteria development:
Boulevard de Waterloo 34
Tel. (direct) : + 32 (0)2 289 13 02
Fax + 32 (0)2 289 10 99
Legislative issues - Regulation revision:
Mr. Stephane Arditi
Blvd. de Waterloo 34
tel: (+32) 2 289 10 97
fax: (+32) 2 289 10 99
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (BEUC)
Rue d'Arlon 80
Tel. +32 (0)2 743 15 93
Fax +32 (0)2 740 28 02
www.beuc.eu - twitter.com/beuctweet
- DG Environment, European Commission
- Resource efficiency campaign website
- Greening Public Procurement (GPP)
- Environment and SMEs (ECAP)
- EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme)
- IPP- Integrated Product Policy
- Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production
- EcoAP (Environmental Technologies Action Plan )
- Europa sustainable development portal
- Green Week
- European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE)
- Climate change campaign
- Industrial emissions
- Business and Sustainable Development