Eco-labelling Workshop - How to Start, Develop and Promote Eco-labels

First Time in Sri Lanka- Organized by National Cleaner Production Centre

Background

The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) Sri Lanka in partnership with the One Planet Consumer Information Programme is currently implementing the project ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Sri Lanka through Facilitating Access to Information’. The project is one of the One Planet Network’s Trust Fund projects.

The project seeks to improve sustainability in the agri-food sector in Sri Lanka through improving access to information. This includes developing Life Cycle Inventory databases for the scientific basis and reliability of information, and subsequently establishing a green product certification scheme for the dairy, tea or rice processing sector in Sri Lanka. Further, the project researches consumer interest in the country and raises awareness on sustainability issues.

Currently, there is no national eco-label system available in Sri Lanka. For this purpose, a workshop on eco-labelling is organized by the NCPC, UN Environment, the Japanese Eco Mark and the Thailand Green Label Scheme to build capacity on establishing and operating eco-labelling programmes, as the project will then move on to establishing a green product certification scheme for the dairy sector, and a corresponding product category. This is first time in Sri Lanka to organize such a work shop. As resource persons, Ms. Beatriz Martins Carneiro from UN Environment and Mr. Hiroyuki Kobayashi from Japanese Eco Mark will present at the workshop.

Objective

To build capacity for the development and management of new labelling schemes in line with international standards (ISO 14024) and

To share experience of established mature eco-labelling programmes with nascent and planned eco-labelling programmes of developing countries.

Venue

on 11th and 12th June 2018 at Renuka City Hotel, Colombo 3. From 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Learning objectives

The participants become familiar with the concept of eco-labels, the philosophy and the principles behind it. They will be acquainted with the characteristics of eco-labels and the related ISO standard (14024), differentiating Type I eco-labels by other environmental labels.

Participants will also acquire an understanding of the life-cycle approach and a knowledge on different aspects related to establishing and running an effective and credible eco-labelling programme.

In addition, participants will be introduced to other important aspects and elements that contribute to the increased effectiveness of the eco-labelling as a market based information tool including the role of public procurement, links to green economy and climate change.

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