Green Labels

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The initiative will rank products and services on their net environmental friendliness, with an eco-label certification provided by an authorized certifying body.

rnrnBacked by the Science and Technology Ministry and driven by local environmental NGO EMACE, the 21-member steering committee representing manufacturers, exporters, and local certifying bodies.

rnrnWorldwide, eco-labels have been used to cover diverse sectors from IT endash such as the common lquote energy star
quote label used now for computers, the telecommunications industry to agriculture and the hospitality industry.

rnrnThere are more than 40 such labelling programmes worldwide, both national and regional with countries like Canada, USA, Japan, Taiwan and even India already joined the ranks.

rnrnCountries like Taiwan and India have government and semi-government driven programmes.

rnrnMutual recognition linkages are also formed across countries, with common criteria also laid out, fostering trade across countries.rnrnEco-labellin