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Eco-labelling practices in Europe An overview of environmental product information schemes

The report presents an overview on “Environmental Product Information Schemes” (EPIS) which provide ecological information on products and services. EPIS are intrepreted in a wide range which encompasses mandatory (e.g. energy label, product declarations) and voluntary approaches (e.g. eco-labels); also included are third-party labelling as well as green claims of companies which are self-certified. This range is closely linked to the ISO-typology of labelling elaborated in the standard 14020.The report consists of country reports each describing the state-of-the-art with EPIS in all Member States of the European Union and Norway, further a report on EPIS at EU level and a summarising paper providing major findings and conclusions from the EU wide overview.