Take part now: Survey on the EU Ecolabel
This year the European Commission is examining what direction further development of the EU Ecolabel for environmentally friendly products in Europe should take. It is consulting consumers, holders of an EU Ecolabel licence, retailers and industry representatives.
For the survey of consumers, the project team – consisting of the Oeko-Institut and the Sant Anna School of Advanced Studies in Italy – has produced questionnaires and is inviting people to share their experience of the label and help specify relevant product groups and criteria.
The findings will feed into further development of the label. The aim is to identify the most relevant product groups and the most important assessment criteria from the point of view of producers and consumers.
The EU Ecolabel – the European label for environmentally friendly products
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary instrument of the European Commission: it is assigned to products and services that are particularly environmentally friendly and have minimal adverse impacts on health. To be awarded the EU Ecolabel, products must meet strict criteria with regard to energy consumption, pollutant content, durability and consumer information. These criteria are defined in a transparent and participatory process, taking account of the whole product life cycle – from extraction of the raw materials to production, packaging and transport, right through to use and disposal.
The criteria for the EU Ecolabel currently cover 24 product groups, including detergents, hygiene products, cleaning products, textiles, shoes, TVs, paints and varnishes, floor coverings, furniture and paper products.