Type I (ISO 14024) claims are based on criteria set by an independent, authorised third party. The awarding body may be either a governmental organisation or a private non-commercial entity. Commonly known as eco-labels, Type I Labels include multiple criteria awarded to recognise leading environmental performance within a particular product category based on life cycle assessment. Their use is growing with potential to widen their appeal to world markets. The European Ecolabel, The Nordic Swan (Scandinavia), The Blue Angel (Germany), Umweltzeichen (Austria), Ecomark (Japan) and EcoLogo (Canada) are well known Type I Labels.

Type II (ISO 14021) claims are based on self-declarations by manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors – anybody who might benefit from such declaration. Claims may be diverse but typically take the form ‘made from x% recycled material’. Self-declarations can be presented without certification by an impartial third party. They must be precise, verifiable and specific for the given environmental aspect and must include the important aspects of life cycle of product.

Type III (ISO 14025) claims consist of quantified product information based on life cycle impacts. Type III Labels describe the format for reporting ISO 14040/44 life cycle analysis (LCA) results through Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

An LCA compiles and evaluates the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life cycle. Information generated from the process is relevant, verified and comparable. EPDs are increasingly popular in sectors as diverse as construction, food and agricultural products, textiles, chemicals, machinery, electricity generation and furniture.

Harmonisation of construction product EPDs is managed by ECO-Platform according to standard EN 15804 in the EU but could also conform to the equivalent ISO 21930:2007 in other jurisdictions. IBU (Germany), International EPD System (Sweden), INIES (France), Global EPD (Spain) are just few program operators of note.

For Type III Labels, Product Category Rules (PCR) needs to be developed for a particular product or product group. For any product groups a PCR can be developed.

Product Groups

Ecolabels cover a wide range of industry sectors and product groups. The list below is not an exhaustive one, so please get in touch with us about your products of interest if not shown.

  • Rinse-off Cosmetic Products
  • Absorbent Hygiene Products
  • Detergents for Dishwashers
  • Industrial and Institutional Automatic Dishwasher Detergents
  • Hand Dishwashing Detergents
  • Laundry Detergents
  • Industrial and Institutional Laundry Detergents
  • Indoor Cleaning Services
  • Textiles
  • Footwear
  • Paints and Varnishes
  • Imaging Equipment

 

  • Personal, Notebook and Tablet Computers
  • Televisions
  • Wood-, cork- and bamboo-based floor coverings
  • Hard Coverings
  • Furniture
  • Bed Mattresses
  • Water-Based Heaters
  • Sanitary Tapware
  • Lubricants
  • Flushing Toilets and Urinals
  • Paper Products
  • Tourist Accommodation

 

Our Services

Type I Ecolabel Applications

It can be cumbersome and time-consuming to deal with initial assessment and preparation of the dossier for ecolabel application. Our team of experts can make this process easy for you and manage the whole process up ‘til the award of an ecolabel. Using our approach we can almost guarantee you success with your ecolabeling application.

Type III EPD certification and Life Cycle Assessment

EPD certification requires the assessment of product or service through its life cycle to calculate the environmental impacts. Our team members are world-leading experts in LCA and EPDs with hundreds of references to their names. We have access to the highest rated LCA software and databases for this purpose and will prepare and design your EPD to reflect your corporate look and image.

Audit and Verification Services for Ecolabel Schemes

Around the world, the well-known ecolabelling schemes use our technical expertise in auditing and verification. We are independent, impartial and have many years of audit and verification experience across diverse sectors of the economy. Ecolabel schemes can rely on our expertise for audit and verification requirements brought together in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual team.

Verification for Type III EPD for Program Operators

We offer impartial and third-party review for quality assurance for both the manufacturer (product and/or service owner) and the EPD Program Operator. For example, we act as an independent verifier for the Swedish International EPD System and Slovenian ZAG EPD Operator.

Ecolabel Scheme Set Up and Criteria Development

Our experts have extensive expertise and experience in setting up ecolabel scheme in multiple jurisdictions. An increase in environmental consciousness amongst consumers and the need for clean and sustainable production are encouraging many governments around to world to develop policies around labelling. Our team can assist governments in ecolabel system set-up, through selection of products groups to criteria development from life cycle perspective.

Green Procurement Advice for Public and Private Organisations

Increasingly, companies and public bodies are moving towards green procurement practices to facilitate the change to a green, sustainable economy. There are so many labels and declarations that it is not an easy task to differentiate between one claim and another in regarding environmental credentials. With our extensive, practical knowledge, we can assure you that your purchasing decision reflects the green credentials of your organisation.

Policy Development on Sustainable Production and Consumption

Policy makers have a difficult task in encouraging the sustainable balance of production and consumption. Consumer behaviours, habits and perception all affect the implementation of policy around the promotion of ecolabelled products. It’s equally challenging to introduce novel sustainable and clean manufacturing techniques and technologies. Our experts have many years of experience in working with public and private bodies in translating policy development between these domains.

Eco-Labels

Eco-labels are voluntary environmental performance certificates that are awarded to products and services. These products and services have to meet specific, identified criteria depending on the product groups, which reduce overall environmental impact. The goal of eco-labels are to inform on the superior standard of environment-friendly parameters of ecolabelled products and to encourage consumers and producers to produce or use these products. Eco-labels represent a set of tools providing relevant information on environmental behaviour of products. The main goal of ecolabelling is to enhance the demand for products with the lowest environmental impact. Eco-labels represent a voluntary tool of environmental policy.

Eco-labels Stats in the UK

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Blue Angel
1
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Nordic Swan
01
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EU Ecolabel
54
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EPD
62
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PEF
00