The Nordic Swan - From past experiences to future possibilities

The third evaluation of the Nordic ecolabelling scheme

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This report presents the third evaluation of the Nordic Swan ecolabelling scheme. The evaluation is conducted from the perspective of the public administration, and it examines the role of the Nordic Swan in a policy context. Recommendations are presented for authorities in the Nordic countries and for the bodies operating the schemes on a Nordic and national level. The evaluation focuses on current opportunities and challenges in the operating environment of the scheme. It examines the relations between the Nordic Swan and the EU Eco-label in the Nordic countries, including their governance procedures, popularity and reception in the market. Other current topics addressed include the progress achieved by the Nordic marketing strategy for the Swan and some current governance issues in the scheme, including the grounds for public funding for the Nordic Swan. The report also analyses the relations between the Swan and other environmental information systems. In particular, the report investigates the opportunities and challenges ensuing from the current attention to climate issues for the Nordic Swan.



Possibilities for co-ordination and harmonisation of the Nordic Swan and EU Eco-label

The issue of co-ordination and harmonisation of different ecolabelling schemes has been on the agenda for many years. It has gained momentum in connection with the revision process of the EU Eco-label. Beyond the EU Eco-label, however, co-ordination and harmonisation are discussed also outside the EU, for example within the Global Ecolabelling Network. In the following, we first present the recommendations of the evaluation of the EU Eco-label (EVER 2005), and discuss some of the practical solutions identified. We thenturn to Nordic actors' viewpoints regarding ideas for co-ordination and harmonisation.


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