Printing companies, printed matter, envelopes and other converted paper products 041
A Nordic ecolabelled printing company is a company that fulfils strict environmental requirements and has been granted a Nordic ecolabel licence to produce printed mat-ter. Nordic ecolabelled printed matter is printed matter, such as a brochure, a book or an envelope, with environmentally-friendly properties.
The printing company’s production process has a very low environmental impact when compared with other printing companies. The requirements apply mainly to the printing process, including paper consumption, and the paper and chemicals used by the printing company. The Nordic ecolabel also rewards production processes that facilitate the recycling of printed matter.
Applying the requirements will help the printing company to control its general envi-ronmental impact. The aim is to exploit resources as efficiently as possible and to re-place substances that are harmful to health and the environment with better alternatives.
The Nordic ecolabelling requirements provide the printing company with guidelines on how to contribute to sustainable development.
The printing criteria consist of three documents; the criteria document below as well as the "Basic Module" and the "Chemical module". Please download these here:
Fees valid from January 1st, 2019 until further notice
Application fee including one on-site inspection within the Nordic region 30 000 SEK excl. VAT Renewal fee 15 000 SEK excl. VAT
Annual licence fee
The basic fee is 14 SEK per ton bought paper used for production of printed matter to the Nordic market. Quantities exceeding 2 000 tons paper per year cost 5 SEK per ton. This refers to the entire production to the Nordic countries and not only the printed matter that are carrying the Nordic Ecolabel.
Companies with multiple printing houses in the same country may sum the paper consumption from all plants in order to avoid being charged more than one maximum fee. However, the fee per licence can never be smaller than the minimum fee (20 000 SEK).
Minimum fee 20 000 SEK annually excl. VAT Maximum fee 150 000 SEK excl. VAT Fee for extension/alteration of existing licence
The fee is based on how long it takes to handle the matter:
Less than 4 hours: 3 750 SEK excl. VAT
Between 4 and 8 hours: 7 500 SEK excl. VAT
More than 8 hours: 15 000 SEK excl. VAT
Extra fee for additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries*) 5 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe*)
15 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
*) There is an extra fee of 1 000 EUR per day if the inspection takes more than one day
On-site inspections outside Europe) 25 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
Compilation of hearing statementsSwedish / 5.15
Fact sheetSwedish / 5.15
Information to the supplier for the Printing IndustryEnglish / 5.15
Fact sheetEnglish / 5.15
Information on the latest version of the criteria for printing companies, printed matter, envelopes and other converted paper products
5.14 ⇛ 5.15: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria has been extended by 18 months. The new version, 5.15, is valid even though June 30, 2022.
5.13 ⇛ 5.14: Adjustment of requirements
An exception for plasticizers in latex ink from the requirement for additives of poly- or perfluorinated alkylate compounds in generation 5 has been decided, but not in future generation 6. The new version is called 5.14 and is valid until March 31, 2021.
5.12 ⇛ 5.13: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria and adjustment of requirements
The criteria were extended by 21 months and a number of adjustments were made. These include:
- alternative limit value of the printing company's economic turnover and on packaging pressure in different pressure categories in requirement O1
- exemption for dry paint colors in requirement O5 on chemicals
- exceptions from the minimum points and the energy limit value in requirement O9 for printing with UV colors in sheet offset and printing with wet tones during digital printing
The new version is called 5.13 and is valid until March 31, 2021.
5.11 ⇛ 5.12: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria has been extended by 18 months. The new version, 5.12, is valid even though June 30, 2019.
5.10 ⇛ 5.11: Adjustment of requirements
Icelandic printers heated by geothermal energy do not need to include this in the energy calculations in requirements O9 and P9.
The procedures for managing and maintaining the licence have been updated with respect to the annual report (M6).
The new version, 5.11, is valid even though December 31, 2017
5.9 ⇛ 5.10: Adjustment of requirements
Chemicals for film and printing form production are excluded from the requirement for classification with H373 and / or H411. The new version, 5.10, is valid even though December 31, 2017
5.8 ⇛ 5.9: Adjustment of requirements
Adjustments have been introduced in the requirement for paper (P1) and in the requirement for chemicals (O5). In the requirement of paper. P1, the total paper points achieved can be weighted by a factor of 1.5. In the requirement for chemicals, O5, the exception for cobalt complex paints in foils for foil printing has been made permanent. The new version, 5.9, is valid even though December 31, 2017
5.7 ⇛ 5.8: Adjustment of requirements
It has been decided that packaging offset should be included as part of the sheet offset. A formula for calculating minimum points for the purchase price has also been introduced. The packaging offset must not exceed 50% by weight of the printing house's total sheet production. The new version, 5.8, is valid until December 31, 2017.
5.6 ⇛ 5.7: Adjustment of requirements
A change in the requirement for chemicals O5 has been carried out - until December 31, 2015, cobalt complex paints in foils for foil printing and UV ink in the inkjet machines are exempted. The new version, 5.7, is valid until December 31, 2017.
5.5 ⇛ 5.6: Adjustment of requirements
A change in the requirement for chemicals O5 has been implemented. This means that cobalt compounds used as siccatives in overpressure varnish are exempted from the requirement. At the same time, requirements M8 on marketing was removed. The new version, 5.6, is valid until December 31, 2017.
5.4 ⇛ 5.5: Adjustment of requirements
- O1: The calculation method for certain printing methods has been clarified and the possibility that the Nordic Ecolabel marks a printing company where turnover on products other than paper products exceeds 25% has also been adjusted.
- Paper requirements, P8: The score for paper selection can be weighted by a factor of 1.75 to 31 December 2015.
- O5: The lower limit for product chemicals has been reduced from 99% to 95%. Inks, tones and inks have been made into a category.
- VOC P8: The calculation method has been clarified.
The new version, 5.5, is valid until December 31, 2017.
5.3 ⇛ 5.4: Adjustment of requirements
- O5: An adjustment of the requirement for chemicals has been made. Ink (for large format and UV ink) is exempted from the requirement with certain conditions. The ink that is exempt may not be included in Nordic Ecolabelled printed matter.
- R43 & R52 / 53: Chemicals for film and printing form production were also excluded from the classification requirement.
The new version 5.4 is valid until December 31, 2017.
5.2 ⇛ 5.3: Adjustment of requirements
Nordic Ecolabelled / checked paper / paper envelopes approved according to the old criteria (printing paper version 3, envelope version 4) can be used as long as these criteria are valid. EU Ecolabel-labeled paper (as raw material for Nordic Ecolabelled printed matter) can be used with the same validity period as Nordic Ecolabelled / controlled paper, version 3.
We are so happy you decided to send in an application for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel!
The application process starts by you downloading the application form and filling it in. You then send it to Ecolabelling Sweden.
We will register your application and send you a confirmation. You will also be assigned an advisor who will help you through the application process.
During this process, you will send in documentation that proves that your business can successfully meet each of Nordic Ecolabelling’s requirements for printing companies, printed matter, envelopes and other converted paper products.
The application consists of these parts:
- Completed application form
- Documentation overview
- Documentation showing fulfilment of all requirements according to the criteria document
Once your facility has been approved – not before, you have the right to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all your marketing as long as your licence is valid.
We wish you luck with your application and, most importantly, your work towards a more sustainable world!
For more information: "Application step by step"