Environmental Choice New Zealand
Auditing / Certification Body
Third party assessed by verified bodies
Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN), Government Affiliated
Carbon, CSR, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management, Waste and Chemicals Management, Water Related
In New Zealand, Environmental Choice is the official environmental label. The programme, which commenced in 1992, operates independently from the government but the label is government owned and endorsed. More than listing environmentally friendly products for green homes or businesses, the ECNZ eco-label offers strong proof of environmental performance. The technical specifications which products must meet to be licensed to use the Environmental Choice label are the foundation of the programme. Environmental Choice welcomes expressions of interest for the development of new product specifications, as new recommendations are vital to the continuing efficiency of the programme. It is also vital that Environmental Choice be able to constantly develop new (and update current) technical specifications. The opportunity exists for Environmental Choice, as a member of the Global Ecolabelling Network, to further streamline specification development. This could be achieved using existing international standards as a basis for Environmental Choice specifications and working jointly with other GEN members to develop new specifications.