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The Nordic Swan 2015

Performance indicators for ecolabelling

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The Nordic Swan is a voluntary environmental and consumer policy instrument that was launched in the Nordic countries in 1989. This study has its origin in the discussions on the making of the “Vision 2015” for the Nordic Swan as well as in a growing need to find structured methods to account for what the ecolabel does. The study has the overall purpose to highlight the experiences of using indicators for reporting, which actors that should be targeted and their need of information, and also to propose a set of indicators applicable specifically for the Nordic Swan. It is proposed in the report that the Nordic Swan scheme prioritizes developing indicators to track changes in internal performance and efficiency.The project was financed by the Nordic Council of Environmental Ministers´ (NCM) working group for sustainable consumption and production (HKP-gruppen).

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Preface

The rationale for conducting this study on indicators for the Nordic Swan ecolabelling scheme has its origin in the discussions on the making of the “Vision 2015” for the Nordic Swan as well as in a growing need to find structured methods to account for what the ecolabel does. Since the start of the Nordic Scheme, different measures have been used to express performance, efficiency and, in some cases, potential environmental benefits. Other ecolabelling schemes have given account for their merits in their ways. The presence of such evaluations has invited to comparisons between the schemes. However, both the accounts for individual schemes and the comparisons of two or several schemes can be questioned due to incompatible measures, weak data quality, and, in some cases probably for unclear purposes. Consequently, there is substantial interest among ecolabelling schemes to find suitable measurement, often as defined indicators, which could be used for various communication needs.

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