Yet another delay for eco-labelling scheme

Implementation of the EC eco-labelling scheme is to be delayed yet again. Agreement on labelling criteria for several product groups has been postponed by several months till next spring. The one positive development is that the first eco-labelled washing machines may make an appearance in British shops in the next few weeks.

The EC scheme has been plagued with delays since its conception. Eventually, Environment Ministers agreed this summer to launch it in September, when it was expected that labelling criteria would be ready for at least half a dozen product groups.

When September came, however, criteria had been agreed only for washing machines and dishwashers. Officials claimed at the time that criteria for several other product groups would be adopted by

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