Single market for green products (Communication)

The European Commission intends to promote the dissemination of green products and green commercial practices by ways of transparency and consistency with the labelling of environmental performances of products and practices. Within a three-year test phase, the Commission recommends to apply its developed methods of the “Product Environmental Footprint“ and that of the “Organisation Environmental Footprint“.


Uniform benchmarks and methods for the assessment of environmental performances can strengthen competition in the Single Market. Prevention of distortion of competition demands that the compliance with existing standards is enforced for which functioning market surveillance should be put in place. Because participation is voluntary within the three-year test phase, businesses will not incur additional cost. This could change in case the application of the EU-wide uniform methods is made obligatory.