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Project Launch: New Ecolabelling Handbook and Training Programme

  • Published on September 14, 2021

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Ecolabelling Network will develop an updated ecolabelling handbook and training programme to improve the understanding of the ecolabelling concept, policies, and operational set-up for all stakeholder groups.

Ecolabels are known as an effective marketing tool to communicate environmental performance of products to consumers enabling them to make sustainable choices. They are as also a useful tool for producers to manage their production processes more sustainably. Ecolabels support the implementation of sustainable public procurement in many developed and developing countries. Hence, many governments and industry groups recognize that ecolabelling could provide sought-after economic incentives for better long-term stewardship and availability of natural resources important for national economic welfare.


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) has launched a project to develop a new Ecolabelling Handbook and Training Programme. Drawing on UNEP’s Training Handbook Ecolabelling: What it is & How to do it (2009), and the expertise of CI-SCP WG2 and GEN members, the objective is to develop a concise training on Ecolabelling for beginners and experts alike. The materials will include best practices examples and case studies which will provide government agencies and technical institutions in countries that have or are planning to develop an ecolabel, ecolabelling schemes, certifying organizations, the private sector (companies and business associations) and civil society a step-by-step guide on how to develop an ecolabel in their countries and/or regions, as well as to update and improve existing schemes.  


Some of the topics that will be covered are:

why and how ecolabels can contribute to environmental efficiency; 

the successful marketing of products once ecolabel certification is obtained; 

the role of government and civil society organizations in promoting and increasing the effectiveness of ecolabels. 


The new training material developed by UNEP and GEN, will be used for in person trainings, online webinars, and self-paced e-learning courses. 


Want to contribute to the new Handbook and Training Programme?

You are working for an ecolabelling scheme, a government agency, a civil society organization or you are a certified company/manufacturer, or have other expertise around ecolabelling and are interested in contributing to our work? Why not join our working group and have your say?

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