- Das EU Umweltzeichen für Druckerzeugnisse - Anforderungen, Vorteile, Antragstellung und Zeichennutzung (Informational event - The EU Ecolabel for printed paper products - requirements, benefits, application and use of the label)
In cooperation with:
Welcome. Susanne Heutling, UBA Berlin
EU Umweltzeichen – Umsetzung in Deutschland (pdf.de) EU Ecolabel - Implementation in Germany. Henning Scholtz, RAL gGmbH
Die neue EU Umweltzeichen Produktgruppe "Druckerzeugnisse" - Ziele & Umsetzung(pdf.de) The new EU Ecolabel product group "printed paper products" - Objectives and Implementation). Ernst Leitner, G&L, Coordinator of the Project „Capacity Building in Member States for implementation of the EU Ecolabel for printed paper“
EU Umweltzeichen für Druckerzeugnisse – Kriterien, Antragstellung und Gebühren (pdf.de) EU Ecolabel for printed paper products - Criteria, application and fees. Dr. Andrea Rimkus, RAL gGmbH
EU Umweltzeichen – Chancen durch integratives Marketing (pdf.de) EU Ecolabel - Opportunities of integrative Marketing. Dr. W. Andreas Scherlofsky, Energon, Member of the project team
Die Zertifizierung aus Sicht eines Gutachters – Erfahrungen & Erfolge (pdf.de) The verification from the point of view of an autidor - experience & sucess. Harald Sexl, Austrian accredited auditor for Ecolabelling in the field of printed paper products.
Material for participants: EU Ecolabel folders with factsheet, intro-flyer, text, presentations for download.
Outcome & conclusion: Many companies seem being interested in the EU Ecolabel but are hesitating because of few but essential open questions
regarding the application. Henning Scholtz and Andrea Rimkus presented the status of implementation in Germany, the criteria, application and fees in detail. Most points seem clear and practicable but some critical points have to be cleared asap. Harald Sexl, consultant with the focus on eco-printing presented the broad experience and answers developed in Austria to tackle the open questions. 4 German printers are already under application (of which some are producing for Denmark where a tax for advertising prints provides a lower tariff only for Ecolabel prints). Blauer Engel is going to develop their own criteria for printed paper products.
Conclusion for the next steps of the project in other countries: Most details of the implementation are clear, already. The rest must and can be cleared immediately by CBs together with experts. The Know-how of those with experience in implementing eco-labels into companies has to be communicated to those countries which are new in that field in order to enable them to develop their own ways compatible with both the EU Ecolabel standards and specific circumstances in their country.
There is no need to hesitate until "everything" is clear. The CBs can start
with the first essential steps of implementation immediately:
build-up a cooperation with printing associations (in most countries there are two or more)
communicate basic information towards printing companies on the EU Ecolabel for printed paper products including your contact for more information; possibly together with a little questionnaire to find out who is interested in more information, who has specific questions, or who would participate in an informational workshop
try to involve consultant experts (which could be trained and offer their services to printers who are willing to apply for the label