Nordic Swan
Blauer Engel
The French Eco-label
The Austrian Eco-label
Other national eco-labels
Further environment related marks
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Eco-labeling World-Wide

After the introduction of Germany’s Blue Angel as the first environmental label world-wide in 1978 other European and non-European countries followed this example and introduced their own national and supra-regional environmental labels. The common goal of these labels is to inform consumers about environmentally friendly products thereby giving global support to a product-related environmental protection.

In 1994, some countries united to form the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) - a non-profit interest group composed of eco-label organisations throughout the world. GEN fosters information exchange about national eco-label activities around the world. International co-ordination is to promote a progressive development of eco-label programmes in the individual states, especially in those countries, which still wish to introduce an eco-labelling system. Currently, the 26 GEN member organisations include organisations from Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Canada, Korea, Croatia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Hungary, Spain, Sweden (SIS), Sweden (SSNC), Sweden (TCO), Zimbabwe, Thailand, Czech Republic, United States of America.

Based on a decision taken at the 2000 Annual General Meeting (AGM), participation in GEN initiatives and activities has been expanded to include "associates". These associates are to be not-for-profit organisations that formally support ecolabelling principles and goals, though they are not ecolabelling practitioners.

The main aims of the GEN are to:

  • serve its members, other ecolabelling programs, other stakeholders, and the public by improving, promoting and developing the ecolabelling of products, the credibility of ecolabelling programs world-wide, and the availability of information regarding ecolabelling standards from around the world;
  • foster co-operation, information exchange and harmonisation among its members, associates, and other ecolabelling programs with regard to ecolabelling;
  • facilitate access to information regarding ecolabelling standards from around the world;
  • participate in certain international organisations in order to promote ecolabelling generally; and
  • encourage the demand for, and supply of, more environmentally responsible goods and services.

For more detailed information on GEN’s activities as well as on national and international activities, please go to GEN’s Web site: www.gen.gr.jp.

News and Information

Zrínyi Printing House has aworded the EU Ecolabel in the printed paper category as the first company in Hungary

The Earth Day program

Great results in eco-labelling in Hungary in 2009!

Eco-Label Links

the official EU Eco-label homepage

GEN, Global Ecolabelling Network homepage

energy label, Australia

TCO Environmental Labelling Scheme

Energy Star (USA) homepage

Label online database

Eco-label, Austria

NF Environnement (AFNOR) eco-label, France

Bio-products label homepage, Sweden

Nordic Swan eco-label, Sweden

The German Blue Angel eco-label homepage

Downloadable materials

Handbook on Green Public Procurement

The Green Paper on IPP

IPP press report

Argon NEtON