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The number of EU Ecolabel products and licenses keeps growing - figures of March 2021 show

As of March 2021, 1 892 licenses have been awarded for 78 071 products (goods and services) in the EU market.

Despite the COVID-19 crisis and despite the Brexit, the EU Ecolabel figures kept growing. The vast majority of EU Ecolabel product groups have witnessed an increase in both the number of licences and products. This demonstrates a real interest for more eco-friendly products in the marketplace.

Compared to September 2020 figures, there has been an:

  • Increase in total number of awarded licenses * (+135 licenses = +8%)
  • Increase in total number of awarded products (+2 275 products = +3%)

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

Product groups with the highest total increase in the number of awarded products since September 2020 are: Tissue paper and tissue products: (+1 570), Indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes: (+1 469). The two product groups continue to represent the most successful product groups in terms of total number of awarded products.

Product groups with the highest relative increase in the number of awarded products since the last reporting period: Absorbent hygiene products (+50%), Indoor cleaning services (+37%), Lubricants (+31%), Laundry detergents (+26%), counting 178, 56, 311 and 669 products respectively.

Despite the huge losses of the sector due to the COVID pandemic, the product group Tourist accommodation services has registered a continued increase with 26 additional services since September 2020 (in total 55 additional licences since March 2020). Overall, this product group has the highest number of licences (418 licences).

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PRODUCTS per product group

Out of the 78 071 total products in March 2021, the majority of them are in the following product groups: Indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes (39%), Tissue paper and tissue products (16%), Hard coverings (10%).

PRODUCTS per country

As of March 2021, the majority of products are awarded in Spain (21%), Italy (15%), France (11%) and Germany (10%).

LICENSES per product group

Out of the 1892 total number of licenses in March 2021, the majority of them are in the following groups: Tourist accommodation services (22%), Hard surface cleaning products (14%) and Tissue paper and tissue products (8%).

LICENSES per country

As of March 2021, the most licenses are awarded in Germany (17%), France (17%), and Italy (15%).

Since 1 January 2021, the EU Ecolabel competent body designated by the United Kingdom has been removed from the list of EU Ecolabel competent bodies and the EU Ecolabel licences issued by the UK EU Ecolabel competent body expired.

More information about the evolution of EU Ecolabel products and licenses is available in Appendix I.

Appendix I

Evolution Graphics per product group (Licenses and Products)

PERSONAL CARE

DO IT YOURSELF

CLOTHING AND TEXTILES

HOME & GARDENING

PAPER PRODUCTS

DETERGENTS

SERVICES