Controversy over eco-label for light bulbs

An attempt to bring light bulbs within the first group of products to qualify for eco-labels under a new EC scheme has been dealt a potentially serious setback. The main bulb producers told the European Commission that they will not participate in the scheme after a report sponsored by the UK Government recommended that only the most energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) should receive eco-labels.

The controversy over light bulbs is not the first to have attended the birth of the Community's eco-labelling scheme. Paper and detergent producers have also been in dispute with the Danish and German authorities over labelling criteria for their products.

The first groups of products for which the UK is preparing eco-labelling criteria are washing machines, dishwashers, hair sprays, soil conditioners and light bulbs. Criteria for the fir

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