19 November 2012

Stakeholders invited to contribute to revision of furniture procurement and Ecolabel criteria

Stakeholders are invited to participate in a European Commission study preparing the ground for the revision of the EU Ecolabel criteria for Wooden furniture and revision of the Green Public Procurement criteria for Furniture. Stakeholders such as manufacturers, trade bodies, the supply chain industry, consumer organisations and NGOs can get involved in the contribution process by registering online. The study is carried out by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS).

Registered stakeholders will be regularly informed about the progress of the study, have access to preliminary results and draft documents and can respond to questionnaires and/or participate at stakeholder meetings. The EU Ecolabel for Furniture promotes the production and consumption of products with a reduced environmental impact along the life cycle and is awarded only to the best (environmental) performing products in the market.

Similarly, GPP will address public authorities seeking to procure environmentally friendly goods and services. The revised EU Ecolabel and GPP criteria will be defined on the basis of the environmental information derived from Life Cycle Assesment and environmental performance product assessments. Different environmental, safety and functional aspects will be considered. Continuous interaction with experts and stakeholders is foreseen to ensure Europe wide applicability.

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