Progress on UK's eco-labelling body

The first Chairman of the UK's official eco-labelling body is to be Dr Elizabeth Nelson, a market and social research specialist. The Government has also decided that the organisation will take the form of a non-departmental public body at arms' length from Ministerial control.

These latest steps towards the launch of the UK's end of the EC's eco-labelling scheme this autumn were announced on 5 March by junior Environment Minister Tony Baldry.

Each Member State is required by the EC legislation on the eco-labelling scheme (ENDS Report 203, pp 18-19) to set up a competent body to administer the award of eco-labels and other aspects of the scheme. The UK's body is expected to be operational by August, albeit in an

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