Frequently asked questions about the EU Ecolabel

  • 1. What is the EU Flower?
    Just like the Nordic countries, also the EU has founded a common and official Ecolabel for the EU member states. The EU Flower, also known as the EU Ecolabel was inroduced by the EU Commission in 1992.
  • 2. When was the EU Ecolabel introduced?
    The decision to found the EU Ecolabel was made in March of 1992 and the first product group criteria were launched in 1993. Regulations regarding the EU Ecolabel can be found in the EU Regulation on a common Ecolabel.
  • 3. How are the environmental requirements / criteria decided?
    The criteria are commonly developed by EU's research center in Seville, Spain. However, national organisations aswell as other national Ecolabelling organisations, like Ecolabelling Sweden are welcome to take part in the development process. The criteria are written from a life-cycle-perspective. In order to be awarded a licence, EU Ecolabelled products must fulfil strict requirements with aspects on the environment, health, function and quality. Every 3-4 years, the criteria are revised and made more stringent, just as the Nordic Ecolabel criteria. The producers must then re-apply in order to keep the EU Ecolabel on their products.
  • 4. What is the purpose of the EU Ecolabel?
    The EU Ecolabel promotes products with a low environmental impact during their whole life-span. The idea is for the Ecolabel to guide consumers to choose environmentally concious products and to give consumers information on the environmental benefits in choosing these products.
  • 5. What kind of products can carry the EU Ecolabel?
    Today, approximately 30 different types of goods and services can carry the EU Ecolabel. However, criteria for new areas are constantly being developed. It is now possible to apply for an EU Ecolabel licence if you are producing, for example soap, tvs, schampoo, accomodation services, camping sites, paper products, matresses, wooden furniture, floors, lubricants and refridgerators.
  • 6. Which organisation handles EU Ecolabel applications in Sweden?
    Ecolabelling Sweden handles the EU Ecolabel on the Swedish market.
  • 7. How do I apply for an EU Ecolabel licence?
    Please contact an environmental engineer within the Ecolabelling Sweden organisation.
  • 8. How much does it cost?
    Application fee
    (including renewals)
    2 000€ (SME/Developing country: 600€, Micro company: 350€)

    30 per cent discount for EMAS affiliated companies and 15 per cent discount for companies certified according to ISO 14001 which expressively guarantees achievement.
    Audit visitor fee Compensation for travel / lodging as well as a fee of 1 000€ for work time.
    Modification / extension 0 – 2 000€, depending on the extent of the work.

    125€ / hour. Discounts apply as mentioned above.
    Annual licence fee 0,15 per cent of the turnover (in the EU). Max 25 000€, minimum fee 1 500€ per applicant, company and product group.

    SME/Developing countries/Micro companies receive a 25 per cent discount.