EU Ecolabelling ‘should be simplified’

The EU's eco-labelling system should be simplified to encourage more companies to make use of it, according to a committee of MEPs.

Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee have given their backing to European Commission’s proposals to broaden the labelling rules.

According to committee, the EU Ecolabel should be made less costly and less bureaucratic to use.

So far the label has been used on more than 3,000 products.

The label features a flower symbol which designates which services or items are deemed kinder to the environment.

However, MEPs have expressed concern over whether the label’s use should be extended to include processed food and fish products.

Meanwhile, the committee has also given its backing to proposals to widen the scope of the Eco-design directive, which allows the Commission to set design requirements for energy products developed within the EU.

These could include essential household goods, such as boilers, through to luxuries such as televisions, light bulbs and fans.

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