GEN Member Standards
All members of the Global Ecolabelling Network develop environmental leadership standards. That is, they operate Type 1 ecolabelling programmes, and develop standards in an open, public, transparent process. In many cases, certification to a particular standard is audited by an independent third-party.
Criteria and product category differ among the membership, reflecting local and regional variables, but all standards address multiple environmental attributes and most have requirements for items such as toxicity, air quality, energy use, recyclability, VOCs, carcinogens and other issues of concern. Life cycle thinking is used by our members in developing standards which minimize environmental impacts across the entire life cycle of a product or service, from raw material extraction through to use and eventual disposal or breakdown.
With 26 members from countries across the globe, the collective expertise of the Global Ecolabelling Network is unparalleled. While GEN does not actually develop criteria or certify products, we certainly do support all of our members and their respective programs as they undertake the development of environmental leadership standards, and ecolabelling of products and services. To this end, GEN tracks its members active standards, and compiles and updates the information annually. Please use the links on the left to view standards available for certification by country, or by product category.