EIRP Proceedings, Vol 5 (2010)

Eco-Label, New Generation Instrument of Environmental Protection

Ilinca Elena Alexandra, Adriana Elena Belu


The overall objective of Community policy on the environment and business is to contribute to sustainable development. The EU eco-label scheme (as laid down in the new Regulation (EC) No 1980/2000) is now part of a wider approach on Integrated Product Policy (IPP) within the new Action Programme. The Commission has published a Green Paper on IPP that will be a key innovative element of future environmental policy and sustainable consumption and production. Strategically, the European eco-label Scheme is, and will be, in line with the principles, goals and priorities of the 6th action Programme "Our Future, Our Choice". Following the Rio Summit in 1992, preparations by the EU on the overall objectives of sustainable development are underway as the year 2002 will be the year of RIO+10. 2002 will also see the 10th anniversary of the Flower label. The European eco-label is based on the vision of greening non-food products all over Europe in a joint and common approach of all European stakeholders brought together in the European Union Eco-labelling Board (EUEB).


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