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Nordic Swan Ecolabel and Product Environmental Footprint

Focus on Product Environmental Information

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The purpose of this report is to compare the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the Product Environmental Footprint with a focus on environmental information. The report compares the methods used by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the PEF to identify the product-group-specific relevant environmental aspects. The analysis is based on the currently valid Swan Criteria and pilot phase final PEF Category Rules (PEFCRs). The report concludes that there are methodological differences in the way product comparisons are made. The report proposes recommendations for both schemes in terms of co-operation and required further work, related to the differences in methodological approaches, to avoid very different results in what will be considered as an environmentally sound product.

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Comparison of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the PEF

This chapter consists of a comparison of different aspects of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the PEF. The product groups compared are paints, textiles/T-shirts, rechargeable batteries and intermediate paper. The chapter shows that there are differences in the way in which product categories are defined, in the use of functional units, as well as in the environmental aspects that are identified to be significant. The chapter concludes by explaining the similarities and differences in the data quality and verification requirements.

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