Dutch launch national eco-labelling scheme

While delays continue to dog the EC's eco-labelling scheme, the Dutch authorities have established their own scheme. The first eco-label has been awarded for writing pads, and criteria for another 20 product groups are in the pipeline.

The EC eco-labelling scheme was a response to the prospect of a proliferation of national environmental labelling initiatives within the Community. The Germans led the way with their "Blue Angel" scheme, but several other Member States were eager to join them in order to help the growing numbers of green consumers confused by manufacturers' environmental claims.

Since the late 1980s, when the EC eco-labelling scheme was conceived, the Fre

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