The One Planet network’s Consumer Information Programme and the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) are hosting a series of introductory webinars about Ecolabels type I.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation, Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising

Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations

Start date
22/02/2019

Shared by

Naomi Scott-Mearns

Sustainable Consumption Manager

CI-SCP

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Objectives

Ecolabels are known as an effective marketing tool to communicate environmental friendliness of products to consumers and are a key tool to support implementation of green (public) procurement in many developed and developing countries worldwide. Many governments and industry groups recognize that eco-labelling could provide sought-after economic incentives for better long-term stewardship and availability of natural resources important for national economic welfare.

To further drive progress in this area, the Global Ecolabelling Network, GIZ Thailand and UN Environment are starting a project to support emerging ecolabelling initiatives around the world. The aim of the project is to facilitate learning between existing and emerging ecolabelling schemes, and build capacity to develop new ones.

Activities

For those in Europe and Africa:
1. Ecolabels Type 1: Introduction webinar (in English)
YouTube recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGrxpC_PS1A&feature=youtu.be
2. Ecolabels Type 1: Introduction webinar (in Russian)
YouTube recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_UUtRufRA8

For those in the Americas region:
1. 27th February 2019 Introduction webinar [in Spanish]
YouTube recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_et3GLkLmOc
2. 28th February 2019 Introduction webinar [in English]
YouTube recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx8UwZFVhHM&feature=youtu.be

For those in Asia and Oceania, update to follow.

Impact and Results

Ecolabels are known as an effective marketing tool to communicate environmental friendliness of products to consumers and are a key tool to support implementation of green (public) procurement in many developed and developing countries worldwide. Many governments and industry groups recognize that eco-labelling could provide sought-after economic incentives for better long-term stewardship and availability of natural resources important for national economic welfare.

To further drive progress in this area, the Global Ecolabelling Network, GIZ Thailand and UN Environment are starting a project to support emerging ecolabelling initiatives around the world. The aim of the project is to facilitate learning between existing and emerging ecolabelling schemes, and build capacity to develop new ones.

The Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is a non-profit association of third-party, environmental performance recognition, certification and labelling organisations founded in 1994 to improve, promote, and develop the ecolabelling of products and services. Only environmentally friendly products and services proven to have lower environmental impact may carry a GEN member ecolabel. GEN member ecolabels are among the world's strongest environmental labels for products and services. "Ecolabelling" is a voluntary method of environmental performance certification and labelling that is practised around the world. An ecolabel identifies products or services proven environmentally preferable overall, within a specific product or service category. GEN members operate some of the world's strongest ecolabels.

Next steps and how to get involved

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ulriqa Westman, Project Manager
Good Environmental Choice Ecolabel: ulriqa.westman@naturskyddsforeningen.se

Guy Ladvocat
Gerente de Certificação de Sistemas: guy.ladvocat@abnt.org.br

Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Japan Environment Association, Eco Mark Office: hiroyuki.kobayashi@ecomark.jp