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.



Comparison of principles, product groups and criteria in the Nordic Swan and the EU Eco-label

This chapter aims to make an overall comparison of how the two systems, the Nordic Swan and the EU Eco-label, are governed and how they operate. First, an overview is given of the principles guiding the systems. Then a more detailed analysis is made of product groups addressed and labelling criteria developed in the two schemes. An overview is also given of the governance, management and application procedures. Finally, Nordic actors' viewpoints on relevant similarities and differences between the systems are addressed.


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