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EU ECOLABEL PRODUCTS/SERVICES KEEP GROWING

As of March 2019, 1,575 licences have been awarded for 72,797 of products and services available on the market, thus showing an increase by 88%, since 2016, of the number of EU Ecolabelled products/services.

Product groups for which highest growth in product numbers is registered from the last reporting period (november 2018) are: copying and graphic paper, tissue paper, paints and varnishes, textiles.

Leading awarding countries for number of awarded products are: Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and France.

The following two charts show the evolution of EU Ecolabel products/services and licenses over time.

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Details on yearly statistical variations

Statistics are updated on a bi-annual basis in March and in September.

The drops in the number of awarded licenses and products that can be seen for some years are mainly due to the entry into force of new criteria to which companies willing to continue using their EU Ecolabel need to prove compliance.

In fact EU Ecolabel product and service group criteria (25 as of today) are revised on a recurrent basis by the European Commission in order to guarantee consumers the best environmental performance and the quality of the awarded products.

When new criteria enter into force, the old licences lose their validity after a transition period.

Licenses that have still not been renewed according to the new criteria, are then temporarily cancelled from the statistics countings. The renewal process can take several months, companies need to prove full compliance with the new criteria, undergo a new on site-audit and only at the end of the process, if the assessment is positive, their products/services will be reintegrated in the statistics counting.

The following further explanations are provided for the last years:

  • March 2019: A drop in licences was due to the expiration of the criteria for Tourist Accommodation and Camp Site Services and for 5 detergent product groups’ criteria. Companies are currently still in the process of renewing their licenses.

  • 2018: Statistics for licences and products/services gradually increased during this year across several product groups, mainly indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes, converted paper, tissue paper, hard surface cleaning products.

  • 2017: The significant upswing in products/services and licences as compared to 2016 was mainly attributed to the completed revisions and reintegration of products/services into the scheme for the “indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes” and “rinse-off cosmetics” product groups. It should also be noted that the revision of all five detergents criteria contributed to a slight drop in statistics during the first reporting period in March 2017 which was mostly recovered by the second reporting period in September 2017.

  • 2016: A significant drop in licences and products occurred during the first reporting period in March 2016 due to the expiry and revision of the following product group criteria which had a significant number of awarded products: “indoor & outdoor paints and varnishes” and “rinse-off cosmetics”. During the second reporting period in September 2016, a significant number of licences of the above-mentioned product groups were reintegrated into the scheme after reassessment against the new criteria for each of its corresponding product groups. Despite the increase in licences and products/services during 2016’s second reporting period, the total number remained lower in 2016 as compared to 2015.

 

Zoom on March 2019 statistical reporting period

Specificities on this reporting period

The statistics were collected on the 1st of March 2019. At this date, 25 product groups were available and no licences had been awarded to “cleaning services”, “personal, notebook and tablet computers”. The number of EU Ecolabel products continued to increase in March 2019.

Due to expiration of the criteria of several product groups (Tourist Accommodations, Camp Site Services and 5 detergent product groups in September/December 2018), the number of licences temporarily dropped in March 2019 (several companies have still not completed the renewal process of their licenses), despite the growing number of awarded products/services.

Licences per product/service group

Out of the total licences in March 2019, the majority of products/services are from tourist and accommodation services (18%), hard surface cleaning products (17,5%) and tissue paper (11%).

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Licences Per Country

In March 2019, the most licences were awarded in France (19,5%), Germany (18%), and Spain (12%).

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Products/services per product/service group

Out of the total products/services in March 2019, the majority of products/services are from indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes (51%), tissue paper (13%) and copying and graphic paper (9%).

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Products/services per country

In March 2019, the majority of products/services were awarded in Spain (42,5%), Italy (12%), and Germany (6%).

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About the EU Ecolabel

Established in 1992, the EU Ecolabel is a third party certified Type I ISO 14024 targeted at the European market and valid worldwide. This voluntary ecolabel aims at promoting products and services which have a reduced environmental impact, thus facilitating producer engagement towards the environment and helping European consumers distinguish more environmentally friendly and healthy products and services.

Recognised across Europe, the EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal.

Not all products/services can be awarded with the EU Ecolabel, only those for which EU Ecolabel criteria have been established and are still valid.

There are currently 25 different product groups for which EU Ecolabel criteria are available and running, they cover a wide range of categories, from cleaning products to cleaning services, from rinse-off cosmetics to tourist accommodation services.

A company willing to be awarded with the EU Ecolabel for its products/services must apply for a “license” (which is a contract between the company and the awarding national competent body), each license/contract includes the number and the names of the awarded products/services.