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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.

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Summary

The current evaluation of the Nordic Swan ecolabel was contracted by the Nordic Council of Ministers in a context when responsibility for the Swan label recently had been turned over to the Ministers in charge of environmental affairs. The previous evaluation was conducted in 1998-2000. One of the main topics for the current evaluation was to study the relations between the Nordic Swan and the EU Eco-label in the Nordic countries, to compare the differences and similarities between the two systems and to examine the prospects for co-ordination and harmonisation of the two schemes. Other issues addressed include the implementation of the Nordic marketing strategy for the Swan, some current governance issues in the scheme, as well as the relations between the Swan and other environmental information systems and the integration of climate issues in the Nordic Swan.

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