Building The Pathway Towards Eco Labeling in Sri Lanka
Eco Label Certification Scheme of NCPC Sri Lanka
“Ecolabelling” is a voluntary method of environmental performance certification and labelling that is practiced around the world. An ecolabel identifies products or services proven environmentally preferable overall, within a specific product or service category.
What is Eco Labelling?
Recognizing the shortfalls of the environmental labelling programmes exist in the country, National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC), Sri Lanka worked with United Nations Environment Programme under One Planet Network Project on Consumer Information For Sustainable Consumption and Production to moved towards a broader Scale to develop and implement Eco Labelling Scheme in Sri Lanka.
Accordingly, NCPC Sri Lanka has pioneered the development of a globally accepted Eco Label certification scheme under the International Standards on ISO 14024:2018 Environmental labels and declarations – Type I environmental labelling – Principles and procedures.
As a remarkable achievement of the Eco Label certification programme of NCPC, we have received the associate membership of Global Eco labelling Network (GEN) from its Annual General Meeting 2020, as the first ever GEN member of Sri Lanka.
Benefits of getting Eco-Label for products
1. Informing consumer choice
Eco-labelling is an effective way of informing customers about the human health and environmental impacts of selected products, and the choices they can make. It empowers people to discriminate between products that are harmful to the human and the environment.
2. Promoting economic efficiency
Eco-labelling is generally cheaper than regulatory controls. By empowering customers and manufacturers to make healthy and environmentally supportive decisions, the need for regulation is kept to a minimum. This is beneficial to both government and industry.
3. Stimulating market development
When customers choose eco-labelled products, which are healthy and environmentally friendly, they have a direct impact on supply and demand in the marketplace. This is a signal which guides the market towards greater environmental awareness.
4. Encouraging continuous improvement
A dynamic market for eco-labelled products encourages a corporate commitment to continuous environmental and social improvement.
5. Promoting certification
An environmental certification program is a seal of approval which shows that a product meets a eco-label standard/criteria. It provides customers with visible evidence of the product’s desirability from an environmental and health perspective.
6. Assisting in monitoring
Environmental claims can be more easily monitored. Competitors and customers are in a better position to judge the validity of a claim.