The EU Ecolabel is the official ecolabel of the European Union. It was established in 1992 and is a ISO 14024 type I ecolabel. It daily manahement is carried out by the European Commission together with bodies from the Member States and stakeholders.
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme. As of September 2017, EU Ecolabel criteria were sent for 27 product/service groups.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Industrial Sector, Tourism

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations

Objectives

The objective of the EU Ecolabel scheme is to promote those products which have a high level of environmental performance. The criteria with which products/services must comply with in order to bear the EU Ecolabel are based on the best environmental performance achieved by products on the EU market.

Activities

As of September 2017, EU Ecolabel criteria were established for 27 product/service groups, ranging from rince off cosmetics, detergents, furniture, paper products to tourist accomodation.
There were 2130 licence holders and 54115 different products on the market bearing the EU Ecolabel.

Impact and Results

The EU Ecolabel is a tool that is part of a wider package of EU instruments that contribute to sustainable consumption and circular economy. It is an instrument that facilitates transition to the circular economy and provides information on environmental performance of products and services.

Next steps and how to get involved

Producers/service providers can receive information on how to apply through the EU Ecolabel helpdesk or through their national Compentent Body. Please consult:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/how-to-apply-for-eu-ecolabel.html
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/competent-bodies.html