Eco-Labeling ConceptsImplications

Eco-Labeling ConceptsImplications - 1 U n i t e d N a t i o...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–4. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: 1 U n i t e d N a t i o n s E n v i r o n m e n t P r o g r a m m e 06/04/2006 Regional Office for West Asia 1 Basel Al-Yousfi, Ph.D., PE, DEE UNEP/ROWA Regional Workshop on Trade and Environment Capacity Building 25-27 March 2006 Muscat, Sultanate of Oman ECO-LABELLING THE CONCEPT & IMPLICATIONS U n i t e d N a t i o n s E n v i r o n m e n t P r o g r a m m e 06/04/2006 Regional Office for West Asia 2 Eco-Labels Eco-labelling is a market tool for identifying products that have met certain environmental or social standards or criteria. In some cases: indicating and awarding environmentally-friendly products which, while increasing the desirability of developing countries products in the national and international markets, and thus potentially increasing their market accessibility (competitiveness) opportunities, improves their environmental efficiency throughout their life-cycle, preserving the quality of the environment and enhancing the sustainable use of natural resources. 2 U n i t e d N a t i o n s E n v i r o n m e n t P r o g r a m m e 06/04/2006 Regional Office for West Asia 3 Eco-Labels Represent [voluntary], participatory, market- based and transparent economic instruments aiming at: Decreasing environmental impacts of products throughout their life-cycle, Promoting natural resource efficiency of industrial processes, Enabling consumers to make informed decisions based on products environmental preferability U n i t e d N a t i o n s E n v i r o n m e n t P r o g r a m m e 06/04/2006 Regional Office for West Asia 4 Background Eco-labeling entered mainstream environmental policy-making in 1977, when the German government established the Blue Angel programme. Since that time, eco-labels have become one of the more high-profile market-based tools for achieving environmental objectives. It has also run into criticism from those who claim that it may, in some cases, operate as an unjustified non-tariff barrier to trade. They can also be criticized because they are typically developed based on national/regional realities or priorities. 3 U n i t e d N a t i o n s E n v i r o n m e n t P r o g r a m m e 06/04/2006 Regional Office for West Asia 5 Challenges Economic development and specifically the process of trade liberalization in developing countries is increasingly associated with: Unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, Growing environmental impacts, and Lack or weakness of environmental measures and standards. U n i t e d N a t i o n s E n v i r o n m e n t P r o g r a m m e 06/04/2006 Regional Office for West Asia 6 Stakeholders stakeholders can contribute to the diffusion and the success of the eco-labelling as market instrument to promote environmentally friendly products....
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 08/06/2008 for the course ESM 281 taught by Professor Cerf during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

Page1 / 12

Eco-Labeling ConceptsImplications - 1 U n i t e d N a t i o...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 4. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online