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The number of EU Ecolabel products and licenses keeps growing despite the COVID-19 crisis - figures of September 2020 show

As of September 2020, 1 757 licenses are awarded for 75 796 products (goods and services) available on the EU market.

Despite the COVID-19 crisis that undoubtedly affected the European economy, the majority of EU Ecolabel product groups (21 out of 24) have witnessed an increase in the number of products in respect to March 2020, and no product group has registered any drop in licenses since then, showing a real interest of the market for more eco-friendly products.

Compared to March 2020 figures, there has been an:

  • Increase in total number of awarded licenses * (+301 licenses = +21%)
  • Increase in total number of awarded products (+5 234 products = +7%)

* One license is an EU Ecolabel contract including one or several awarded products in a same product group.

Product groups for which highest total increase in number of products is registered since March 2020 are: Tissue Paper and Tissue products: (+7 265), Hard Coverings (+5 218), Graphic Paper (+3 715), Hard Surface Cleaning products (+1 339).

Product groups that registered highest relative increase in number of products, for PG, from the last reporting period are: Indoor Cleaning Services (+116%), Industrial and Institutional laundry detergents (+91%), Furniture (+56%), Hand dishwashing detergents (+23%), counting now 41, 387, 743, and 1065 products respectively.

Also Tourist Accommodations, despite the huge losses of the sector due to the pandemic, has registered an increase of 29 services awarded from March 2020.

Zoom on September 2020 statistical reporting period

PRODUCTS per product group

Out of the 75 796 total products in September 2020, the majority of them are from Indoor and Outdoor Paints and Varnishes (38%), Tissue Paper and Tissue Products (15%), Hard Coverings (11%).

PRODUCTS per country

In September 2020, the majority of products are awarded in Spain (21%), Italy (13%) and France (10%).

LICENSES per product group

Out of the total number of licenses in September 2020, the majority of them are from Tourist Accommodation Services (22%), Hard Surface Cleaning Products (15%) and Indoor and Outdoor Paints and Varnishes (9%).

The new product group “Indoor cleaning services” has jumped from 19 to 40 licenses from the last reporting period, thus showing a real interest of the market in this product group.

LICENSES per country

In September 2020, the most licenses are awarded in France (18%), Germany (15%), and Spain (14%).

More information about the evolution of EU Ecolabel products and licenses can be found in Appendix

Appendix I

Evolution Graphics per product group (Licenses and Products)

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