Ecolabelling standard revised

Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

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When ISO 14024 Environmental labels and declarations – Type I environmental labelling – Principles and procedures was first published in 1999, the world was a very different place. Now claims such as natural, recyclable, eco-friendly, low-energy and recycled content are recognised as conferring market advantage to products and the Standard has been updated to reflect the current environmental context.

ISO 14024:2018 refers to Type I environmental labelling programs, which are voluntary and can be operated by public or private agencies at the national, regional or international level. It establishes the principles and procedures for developing Type I environmental labelling programs, including the selection of product categories, product environmental criteria and product function characteristics, and for assessing and demonstrating compliance. It also establishes the certification procedures for awarding the label.

A Type I label is a third-party assessment of a product based on a number of criteria involved in the environmental impact of a product or material throughout its life cycle.

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