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Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN)
Transcript of Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN)
What is Ecolabelling?
"Ecolabelling" is a voluntary method of environmental performance certification and labelling that is practised around the world. An "ecolabel" is a label which identifies overall, proven environmental preference of a product or service within a specific product/service category. There are different classifications of label,
Members and Associates
GEN currently has twenty-six members operating ecolabelling programs around the world
List of members and GENICES status:
GEN Member Standards
All members of the Global Ecolabelling Network develop environmental leadership standards. That is, they operate Type 1 ecolabelling programmes, and develop standards in an open, public, transparent process. In many cases, certification to a particular standard is audited by an independent third-party.
The Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is a non-profit association of third-party, environmental performance recognition, certification and labelling organizations founded in 1994 to improve, promote, and develop the "ecolabelling" of products and services.
Based upon a decision taken at the 2000 GEN Annual General Meeting (AGM), formal participation in GEN initiatives and activities has been expanded to include “associates”. These associates are organizations that formally and actively support ecolabelling principles and goals, as well as GEN efforts to advance ecolabelling internationally. For a recent list of GEN associates and their representatives
: A member's guide to the Global Ecolabelling Network's Internationally Coordinated Ecolabelling System
The International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) has identified three broad types of voluntary labels, with ecolabelling fitting under the Type I designation.
Voluntary Environmental Performance Labelling -- ISO Definitions
TYPE I a voluntary, multiple-criteria based, third party program that awards a license that authorises the use of environmental labels on products indicating overall environmental preferability of a product within a particular product category based on life cycle considerations
informative environmental self-declaration claims
TYPE III voluntary programs that provide quantified environmental data of a product, under pre-set categories of parameters set by a qualified third party and based on life cycle assessment, and verified by that or another qualified third party
Office Equipment & Furniture
Paints & Coatings
Personal Care Products
Water Conserving Devices