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The Nordic Swan Ecolabel, Circular Economy and Product Environmental Footprint (SCEPEF)

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Product eco-labels guide consumer choices towards options with best environmental performance. The EU Eco-label and the Nordic Swan eco-label indicate that the product is among the best in terms of environmental performance, and encourages producers and service providers to offer environmentally friendlier choices, based on life cycle thinking.

The project “The Nordic Swan Ecolabel, Circular Economy and Product Environmental Footprint” explores how the product specific award criteria of the Nordic Swan promote circular economy and how they could be further strengthened in terms of e.g., product durability, material circulation and its reuse.

The project further studies the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology, currently being developed by the European Commission, and how the information provided by the life cycle assessment based methodology could be used by the Swan. The goal of the PEF methodology is to enhance the product environmental information provided to consumers and to improve the reliability and comparability of the information. The project examines the synergies between the Swan and the PEF and explores possibilities for the Swan in the future to also indicate an excellent PEF performance of a product.


Head of Unit Ari Nissinen, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE , tel. +358295251457

Published 2016-06-13 at 14:59, updated 2019-01-02 at 10:17