Environmental labelling on consumer goods definitely remains an burning topic to discuss. What happened in both France and Europe in 2015?

2015: what happened?

In France, discussions on how to build specific methodology for each product category are still ongoing within dedicated working groups. Members of GT2 – Working Group number 2 on Electronic and Electrical Equipment – led by Thomas Albisser, CEO of Hop-Cube, have developed two possible methodologies (on both tablets and laptops) that are still to be discussed.

English drafts will available within the next few weeks, do not hesitate in contacting us.

At European level, Hop-Cube attended presentations by the various stakeholders on their mid-term progresses for PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) and OEF (Organisation Environmental Footprint).

Organized by the European Commissions in Brussels on November 3rd and 4th, this event was an opportunity for our teams to consolidate participants’ impressions and opinions.

From our understanding, stakeholders share the same conclusions so far:

  • Establishing a standardized but accessible methodology is key;
  • Volunteering will not be enough to mobilize all actors; and
  • Getting involved in these environmental labelling projects at a European level often involves recruitment of a person or even a dedicated team.

2016: what’s next?

In 2016, ADEME will provide a framework for companies that wish to participate to pilot projects. The first results in terms of collection and analysis should be published during the first half of 2016.

Environmental labelling formats should also be presented to the Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy for approval.

We will make sure to get back to you as soon as we have more information!

Environmental labelling: proposals of formats

Presentation by Alexandra Bonnet, from the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy : how far should policy « standardise » communication ?

In Brussels at the mid-term PEF conference.

VERSION 1

Absolute values with the option to show relative scales

VERSION 2

Agregated value

VERSION 3

Agregated value and absolute values with the option to show relative scales