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About the EU Ecolabel

Understand how the EU Ecolabel works and how stakeholders can strengthen the reach of the label.

The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary ecolabel award scheme intended to promote products with a reduced environmental impact during their entire life cycle and to provide consumers with accurate, non-deceptive, science-based information on the environmental impact of products. Since it is a voluntary scheme, producers, importers and retailers can choose to apply for the label for their goods and services.

The functioning of the EU Ecolabel is set out in the official Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. The EU Ecolabel is managed by the European Commission and the Member States. The European Commission agrees on a Strategic Working Plan for the EU Ecolabel.

In addition, the EU Ecolabel is an EN ISO 14024 type I ecolabelling scheme. It is “third party verified”, meaning that independent third parties are responsible for checking compliance with the EU Ecolabel criteria. 

The respective roles of different groups involved in the management, implementation and growth of the EU Ecolabel are described below.

How is the EU Ecolabel structured?

Facts and figures

For the latest facts and figures related to the EU Ecolabel including number of licenses and products you can download the latest factsheet below or find more details on our facts and figures page here.

Green Public Procurement

Green Public Procurement (GPP) is a process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle when compared to similar goods, services and works that would otherwise be procured. GPP is a voluntary instrument, which means that member states and public authorities can determine the extent to which they implement it.

The Buying Green! Handbook outlines how labels, including the EU Ecolabel, can be used at different stages of the procurement process in more detail.

Other ecolabel schemes

You can find more information about other ecolabelling schemes in Europe on the Community and Helpdesk page.

Events

News

News announcement |

On 30 and 31 May, the EU Ecolabel will celebrate its 30th anniversary at EU Green Week. A special birthday party on 31 May will include the launch of a new ‘Showroom on Wheels!’ to showcase the scheme’s contributions to environmental excellence and sustainable consumer choices.

News announcement |

The growth of EU Ecolabel products continues in the year of its 30th anniversary.