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Eco-Labelling

In 1992, an EU Regulated Eco-label was announced under Council Regulation (EEC) No. 880/2 of 23 February 1992 on a Community Award Scheme. The Regulation established a voluntary eco-label scheme intended to:

  • promote the design, production, marketing and use of products which have a reduced environmental impact during their entire life cycle,
  • provide consumers with better information on the environmental impact of products.

The scheme is self-financing. Food, drink and pharmaceuticals are excluded from the list of product categories. Under this scheme an eco-label is only awarded if a product meets the environmental criteria, as well as meeting a defined minimum standard of fitness for its purpose. For each product category these criteria are set on the basis of an agreed Life-Cycle Assessment procedure.

An Eco-Label is an official label for approved “green” products. As well as providing authoritative guidance to consumers who wish to choose products for environmental reasons, the EU scheme for eco-labelling aims to encourage the production of products which are more environmentally benign and to facilitate trade in these products.

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