About the EU Ecolabel

The EU Ecolabel is managed by the European Commission and authorities in every Member State plus Iceland and Norway. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the responsible authority in the UK and has appointed UK Ecolabel Delivery (Oakdene Hollins) to manage the EU Ecolabel scheme on its behalf. 


Founded in 1992, the EU Ecolabel is a voluntary label available to companies selling into the EU single market. Its purpose is to encourage more sustainable consumption and production and it's therefore linked to other EU product focussed policies such as 'Green Public Procurement' and 'Ecodesign'. 


Right at the core of the EU Ecolabel is the life-cycle approach. All of the products that display the EU Ecolabel have been designed to ensure that their main environmental impacts are reduced throughout the product's life-cycle.

This includes every stage of the product's life, from the extraction of raw materials, to production, packaging and transport, right through to how you use and dispose of it.

To be awarded the EU Ecolabel, products and services must comply with ecological criteria that are set by panels of stakeholders and assessed by independent experts.

The label ensures that the best decisions for the environment are made at every point of the product's life cycle, while delivering high-performance products and value for money.

The EU Ecolabel on a product means less waste, less pollution and a product that is better for the planet.

Criteria development



ü Life cycle approach taken


ü Based on objective and non-discriminatory data

ü Established via a transparent procedure in which all stakeholders participate

ü Requirements of the label are set by a third party


ü Criteria are regularly reviewed




ü Independent auditing (e.g. third party verification)




ü Criteria and the assessment process are open and available to all interested parties




ü Ensure that the requirements of certification are being met


ü On-going compliance and improvements are measured

Available sanctions



ü Certification may be withdrawn if required conditions are not met


ü A clear complaints/feedback procedure exists