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Consumer Organisations and NGOs respond to EU Ecolabel Consultation by Nick Boley

The European Commission recently carried out a consultation to support the evaluation of the Implementation of the EU Ecolabel Regulation (EC) 66/2010.

A number of consumer organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) led by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation
(ANEC) have collated responses to the consultation into a single document, and this makes for interesting reading.

Some specific aspects of interest that these consultees highlighted show that many of them consider that the Ecolabel scheme should concentrate on some key parameters such as packaging, chemicals and forestry (sustainable timber). The report also states that harmonised measurement methods in support of Ecolabel claims are needed. We would support these comments, as validated measurement methods are always necessary to support and enforce any label claim. The Government Chemist is also funding a study to investigate the feasibility of developing methods for differentiating sustainable from non-sustainable timber.

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