The working group is led by the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) and the Advance SCP Project (funded by BMUB through IKI), implemented by GIZ Thailand. The aim of the working group is to share knowledge and build capacity on type I ecolabels globally.

Sectors of activity
Environmental Services, Consumer Goods, Education

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Start date
01/01/2016

End date
31/12/2019

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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. Compared with other ecolabels, type I ecolabels are verified by an independent third party organization, and have therefore been recognized as the most reliable certification schemes. The Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is an international platform for coordination between type I ecolabels (as per the ISO 14024 definition).

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. For developed countries, promotion of ecolabels is essential to reach the end consumers. For less developed countries, education, capacity building, consultations, and coaching programs are needed for those who would like to develop ecolabel schemes or start criteria development.

An information and knowledge sharing platform provided by this working group can bring ecolabel expertise to technically support and align common criteria and practice of those newborn schemes, through the use of international guidelines.

Therefore, the two main objectives of this group are to support the collaboration among type I ecolabel programmes and facilitate their mutual recognition, as well as to provide education, capacity building and consultation to developing countries and emerging economics to develop type I ecolabel programmes.

Three information sharing platforms, in Asia, Africa and Latin America, are supporting collaboration and mutual recognition between existing and planned type I ecolabelling programs. A mapping of relevant initiatives and stakeholders is underway.

Activities

1. Create information exchange platforms and communication channels on a regional basis

2. Provide capacity building to developing countries and emerging economies on how to develop and implement Ecolabelling Type I programs

3. Develop regional based knowledge products around Ecolabels Type I, building upon existing material and research.

There are three regional information exchange platforms with dedicated chapter leads:
• Americas: Ecolabel Brazil (ABNT)
• Europe & Africa: Good Environmental Choice, Sweden
• Asia & Oceania: Ecolabel Japan

Impact and Results

- In September 2016, GIZ hosted the ‘Extended Southeast Asia conference’, as a regional platform to support collaboration and build capacity.
- The working group’s has quarterly webinars to discuss project progress, the most recent meeting was November 2018.
- A mapping of relevant initiatives and stakeholders is underway
- A survey was conducted in 2018 and sent to the networks of the Consumer Information Programme and the actors within this working group - more than 80 responses were received. As a result of this several outreach activities have been planned directed at the respondents from developing countries who wished to learn more about ecolabels and GEN. Introductory webinars are planned for early 2019.

Next steps and how to get involved

To learn more or get involved, please contact ciscp@un.org