1. Consultation Copy and Printing Paper 044

Consultation concerning revised criteria

Copy and Printing Paper including the Basic Module and Chemical Module for Paper Products

Copy and print paper

Nordic Ecolabelling gives you the opportunity to comment on the proposal for criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelling for Copy and Printing Paper including the Basic Module and Chemical Module for Paper Products. This consultation is also relevant to manufacturers of tissue paper and other paper products since these Nordic Ecolabelling criteria refer to the Basic and Chemical Modules. Your comments are important and will be considered by the national Ecolabelling boards and the Nordic Ecolabelling Board.

We look forward to your comments, which should be sent to the Nordic Ecolabelling no later than December 11, 2019 to be taken into consideration.

Nordic Swan Ecolabelled copy and printing paper are assessed based on a life cycle perspective and fulfil high environmental and health requirements. Nordic Swan Ecolabelled copy and printing paper: 

  • Is either made of virgin fibres and/or recycled fibres. At least 70% of the fibres used in paper must come from sustainably managed forests or be recycled.
  • Meets strict requirements concerning chemicals that are hazardous to the health and harmful to the environment.
  • Is manufactured in an energy efficient way.
  • Generates less emissions to air and water during production.

Please find the proposed criteria for download further down on this page.

What has been changed?

In the Criteria for Copy and Printing Paper

  • The requirement for energy (O3) has been tightened.
  • A new requirement for information to consumers regarding sorting of packaging has been introduced (O5).

In the Basic Module

  • Regarding the requirement for fibre raw material (O7), the limit of certification has been increased from 30% to 70%. The limit value for fibre raw material originating from plantations such as acacia and eucalyptus is, however, 100%. For recycled material, the limit is 70%.
  • Requirements for energy (O9) and emissions to water/air (O11), have been tightened.
  • The requirement for emissions of greenhouse gasses (O10) has been changed. In this revision, the greenhouse gas requirement only encompasses fuels used for production of process heat and not electricity as in the previous generation. See also Appendix 5 in the background of the Basic Module, where Q&As regarding the greenhouse gas requirement are presented more closely.
  • The requirements for inspected paper have now been introduced in the Basic Module and can be found in Appendix 1. Inspected paper is approved by Nordic Ecolabelling and meet the requirements for paper that can be used by Nordic Swan Ecolabelled printing companies.
  • Some new pulp/board types have been introduced in the Basic Module, namely kraftliner, testliner, Wellenstoff, semichemical fluting and regarding pulps, NSSC (neutral sulphite semi chemical). The aforementioned types of pulp and board are used in production of corrugated board and subsequently, can be used by Nordic Swan Ecolabelled printing companies.

In the Chemical Module

  • Requirement O1 has been expanded with further hazard classes and hazard statements.
  • There is a new requirement for prohibited substances (requirement O2), such as substances on the Candidate list shall not be ingoing substances in chemical products used in the production of pulp and paper. Subsequently, some former requirements are removed, such as the requirement concerning residual monomers, as these are now included in the new requirement.
  • The definition of ingoing substances and impurities in chemical products has been updated, but the limit for impurities in the chemical product remains as 100 ppm.

We wish to highlight the following points

Regarding the Basic Module

  • The limit values set on the emissions of greenhouse gasses. If you have comments on these levels, please explain your objections by specifying which kind of fuel you use, and why you therefore consider the suggested limits to be a problem.
  • The reference values for the new pulp/board types that are introduced in the Basic Module.
  • Please note that the list of prohibited tree species has been on open consultation during spring 2019 and will be decided by upon by the Nordic Ecolabelling Board during autumn 2019. Therefore, no comments can be left for the list of prohibited tree species in this consultation of the Criteria for Copying and Printing Paper.

Regarding the Chemical Module

  • Please note how the updated definition of ingoing substances and impurities will work in conjunction with requirement O2 in the Chemical Module. We are aware of the fact that this is a sharp limit. We would especially like your comments on how this might affect the approval of your products according to the new criteria.

Documents for download

Please let us know if you prefer a hard copy, and we will send you one by mail.

Who can provide input?

All people, companies and institutions who are interested in taking part in the development work of Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for Copy and Printing Paper including the Basic Module and Chemical Module for Paper Products can provide us with their opinions and comments. We would appreciate if you kindly distribute information about this review to whom it may concern.

How can comments be sent in?

Your input is most valuable to our criteria development. We prefer to receive your answers via the form below, via mail or by e-mail to

For further questions, please contact our Product Specialist
Förnamn Efternamn
e-mail: or
telephone +46(0) 8-55 55 24 49.

What happens next?

When the consultation period is complete, the answers will be compiled and evaluated. For this reason, a new revised proposal for criteria will be submitted to the Swedish Ecolabelling Board and the other national committees. On this basis, the Nordic Ecolabelling Board will then decide on new criteria.

Part of the decision document is the summary of all consultation responses together with answers from Nordic Ecolabelling. The summary will be public and available on the Ecolabelling Sweden’s web page in connection with the publication of the new criteria.

We look forward to receiving your comments no later than December 11, 2019.

Best regards,
Svetlana Sopa
Ecolabelling Sweden

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