The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary label used to denote the eco-friendly life-cycle of a product from pre-production to disposal. Support offered includes awareness raising actions and information campaigns for consumers, producers, retailers and the general public aimed at promoting the use of the eco-label.
There is no funding available under this programme; it is simply a voluntary Eco-label scheme denoting the eco-friendly life-cycle of a product from pre-production to disposal.
However, support is available in the guise of awareness-raising actions and information campaigns for consumers, producers, retailers and the general public aimed at promoting the use of the Eco-label.
To participate in the scheme, organisations must pay an annual licence fee. The amount varies depending on the size of the organisation as follows:
- Micro organisation - £450
- Small or medium sized enterprise (SME) - £950
- Large organisations - £2,250
A discount is available if the organisation is registered on either of the following schemes:
- 30% for the eco-management and audit scheme
- 15% for ISO 14001
There may also be an inspection fee. Inspections are carried out for specific reasons and may incur a fee. The usual cost is about £1,700 plus VAT (more if the inspected site is outside the UK). The exact amount will vary depending on where the site is, and the inspectors’ travel costs etc.
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme which helps to identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle - from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal.
The scheme involves certification as well as compliance checks by independent, qualified scientists. The criteria used to assess products are developed and revised in a transparent way and are focused on the stages where the product has the highest environmental impact. This differs from product to product.
In addition, product-specific criteria ensure than any product bearing the EU Ecolabel is of good quality with high performance.
The overall aim of the scheme is to provide consumers with accurate, non-deceptive and scientifically based information on the environmental impact of products.
Producers, importers and retailers can choose to apply for the label for their products.
Medicinal and intermediate products such as plastics or packaging material as well as food items are excluded from the EU Ecolabel scheme.
Applications for the Ecolabel may be submitted by manufacturers, importers, service providers, traders and retailers in EU Member States. (Traders and retailers may submit applications only for products put on the market under their own brand name.)
The EU Ecolabel covers a wide range of product groups, from major areas of manufacturing to tourist accommodation services. Because the life cycle of every product and service is different, the criteria are tailored to address the unique characteristics of each product type.
Criteria for specific product groups and helpful guidance about applying for the label is available from the Eco-label website.
A step by step guide to the application process is given on the Ecolabel website.
Applicants are advised to contact the relevant Competent Body early in the process. The Competent Body is able to give technical support and answer any questions about meeting the criteria as well as giving information about the fees schedule. The Competent Body for the UK is Oakdene Hollins.