Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) works in partnership with One Planet Network and 10 YFP (Working Group 2) to support the collaboration among type I ecolabel programmes and facilitate their mutual recognition, as well as to aim to create new type 1 ecolabel programmes in new countries. GEN's primary activities are not only to support best practice with existing members but to grow more ecolabelling programs in order to create greater global access to ecolabelled products across the globe.

UN Environment Programme and Global Ecolabelling Network TM

Implemented in

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

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Public Procurement, Industrial Sector

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

Start date
01/01/2020

Shared by

Kate Harris

Secretariat

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Objectives

Type I ecolabels align with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)14024:2018 and are awarded to environmentally preferable products and services based on life cycle considerations. The Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is an international platform for coordination between type I ecolabels (as per the ISO 14024 definition) and works closely with United Nations Environment.
Ecolabels are a critical procurement tool for many governments and industry / private sector. In turn more labels grow more responsible consumption solutions for manufacturers consumers all across the world.
In order to achieve this, we need to grow more ecolabelling bodies across the world.
Growing more members is a key objective of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) in partnership with UN Environment.
The two main objectives of this working group are to:
1. Support the collaboration among type I ecolabel programmes and facilitate their mutual recognition, as well as to
2. Provide education, capacity building and consultation to developing countries and emerging economics to develop type I ecolabel programmes. The aim is to create new type 1 ecolabel schemes by the end of 2020 and further into the future.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

The partnership between UN Environment and GEN has been a very successful one with great reach across the globe and supporting many nations in moving towards responsible consumption through ecolabelling.
The result as of end of 2020 include the following new GEN Associate members:
Agrement South Africa
Eco- Choice Africa
Green Product Council, Indonesia
National Cleaner Production Centre, Sri Lanka
Stichting Milieukeur Nederlands
Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Turkey

GEN also welcomes a new affiliate member (non ecolabel)
Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve

Next steps and how to get involved

This is an ongoing project and we welcome new ecolabels and new nations to be involved.
We invite you to reach out to find more information from GEN and UN Environment One Planet.

Other organisations that are keen to be involved, can reach out to GEN to become a fellow promoter of ecolabels through becoming a GEN Affiliate member. See here for more information:
www.globalecolabellingnetwork.net