Eco-labelling scheme launched amid widespread criticism

The EC eco-labelling scheme was launched well behind schedule at the end of June and with labelling criteria agreed for just two product groups. The delays have finally prompted the UK Eco-labelling Board (UKEB) to go public with criticisms of the European Commission for failing to back the project with sufficient resources, and of some Member States for neglecting to make arrangements for participating in the scheme.

The Regulation to establish the scheme was adopted 18 months ago (ENDS Report 203, pp 18-19). At the time the official goal was to launch it towards the end of 1992 with labelling criteria agreed for 10-12 product groups.

But the scheme has not only been launched several months late, but with criteria agreed for just washing machines and dishwashers (ENDS Report 218, p 21 

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