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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is an independent organisation responsible for the production of voluntary international standards. ISO 14024 was introduced in 1999 after consumers began to seek guidance regarding environmental transparency as it related to product purchasing.
In February 2018, ISO 14024:2018 Environmental labels and declarations — Type I environmental labelling — Principles and procedures was published. It was developed by Technical Committee ISO/TC 207 (Environmental management, subcommittee SC 3, Environmental labelling), and is available from the ISO website.
- Ecolabelling programmes are voluntary.
- Standards address multiple environmental criteria over the life cycle of a product or service.
- Standards are published and transparent.
- Ecolabels are awarded using independent third-party verification.
ISO 14024:2018 established categories, environmental criteria and functioning characteristics for products. It also created standardised compliance guidelines. It is a voluntary programme and is open for anyone to use.
The use of the standard has increased over the years, and has been incorporated into ecolabelling practices around the world. ISO 14024:2018 can be applied to consumer goods and services and can be adopted by public or private entities.
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- International Organisation for Standardisation ISO.
- Global Ecolabelling Network.
- Green Seal.
- ISO 14001.
- Publicly available specification.
- Sustainable materials.
- Sustainable procurement.
- Third party accreditation.
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