- Informational event - The EU Ecolabel for printed paper products - requirements, benefits, application and use of the label.
Presentations and speeches
Welcome and objectives of the meeting (fr)
- Martina Solska, BIO IS, partner of the project “Capacity Building in Member States for implementation of the EU Ecolabel for printed paper” on behalf of the EU Commission
The EU Ecolabel scheme (fr) - Emilie Machefaux, ADEME, eco-design and sustainable consumption department and Competent Body in France
Material for participants: EU Ecolabel folder including hardcopies of programme, summary of the Commission decision for preinted paper products (factsheet), brochure presenting the EU Ecolabel and criteria for printed paper prdoucts and questionnaires for feedback.
Content and discussion: ADEME presented the regulatory framework for companies and the EU Ecolabel scheme in
particular. Key figures were presented, as well as the process establishing product groups and criteria at the EU level.
AFNOR Certification discussed the criteria valid for printed paper products. They will be valid till 2017 (unless extension by the EC).
Ecofolio, the organisation in France in charge of ensuring the collection and treatment of waste from paper on behalf of the producers introduced its 'eco-contribution'. Companies placing paper products on the French market have to pay a tax to Ecofolio for the collection and treatment of waste. If they have implemented eco-design actions, for example by obtaining the EU Ecolabel, pay a decreased contribution to Ecofolio. It thus represents a significant economic advantage.
Finally, the company Hamelin presented its expieriences with ecolabels and how it is able now to obtain the EU Ecolabel after implementing a set of actions along the supply chain.
Some of the questions raised during the meeting include:
Do criteria regarding hazardous substances apply to the final product or manufacturing?
What is the purpose of having the EU Ecolabel when we are a printing company (selling to corporate clients) as the label is dedicated to the final consumer?
Does the award of the EU Ecolabel to a company apply
to only one product or to all of its products?
If I am a publisher willing to be awarded the EU Ecolabel
and I have several service providers, do I have to ask all
of them to apply for the EU Ecolabel and will the audit be
conducted in each printing house?
How do we differentiate an print product awarded with
the EU Ecolabel for printed paper products to a product
that is only printed on EU Ecolabel paper?
These and more questions are compiled in the document Questions & Answers for printed paper products (en).
Results: The participants were generally interested in the EU Ecolabel for printed paper products and the meeting enabled a lively discussion between the presenters and participants. Four participants expressed their interest to apply soon while others requested additional information.
Next steps: Further questions can be sent to the project team via firstname.lastname@example.org till 11 October 2013. The project team will consult other Member States for their experience on these issues and will ensure the best practice sharing.
Photographs: Auditorium - Podium - Martina Solska (EU project)