The Green Mark The Type 2 Green Mark The Effort to Promote Green Mark in Taiwan About Global Eco-Labeling Cooperation

     

    About Global Eco-Labeling Cooperation

    Thanks to the appreciating attention on environmental issues, global green business has been growing annually. There is a significant growth in eco-labeling worldwide and every country established its own relevant scheme. However, regulations, standards, measures and verification procedure varies among countries. It would be a costly process when applicants or manufacturers need to apply eco-labeling worldwide. EPA has been devoting itself to global cooperation of Green Marks, in order to build up mutual collaboration and keep getting involved in global networks and campaigns for closer partnerships.
    Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) was formally organised in 1994 by 20+ organisations of Eco-labels. Taiwan is one of the founders and help promoting global collaboration among organisations.
    In September 1995, Taiwan’s Green Mark commenced mutual collaboration with Canada’s project of environmental selection to discover the potential between two parties and signed up a memorandum in October 1995. It is one of the aims of global collaboration for Green Marks and also first profoundly exemplary recognition of global networks. Since that Taiwan has gradually completed the agreements with States, Thailand, Korea, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Ukraine, Czech and Philippines, which is liable to reduce the unnecessary trading obstacles to support green products in global markets.
    Countries that Taiwan has signed up mutual recognition agreement with in the past years
    Partners Measures of Mutual Recognition
    United States
    1. Both parties recognise the verification results of each party.
    2. Certificating paper:
      1. If the standards and specifications of both parties are the same, the certification
        can be swapped directly without re-verification.
      2. If there is a little difference in standards and specifications of both parties, but the difference is non-product related Process and Production Method, npr-PPM, then it will depend on the opposite party’s standards.
      3. If the difference is related to the usage or waste of products, it must be in
        accordance with the requirement of the certificate-giving party.
    Japan Both parties recognise the verification results of each party.
    New Zealand Both parties recognise the verification results of each party.
    Australia Both parties recognise the verification results of each party.
    Thailand
    1. Both parties recognise the verification results from the laboratory assigned by both
      parties.
    2. Both parties recognise the verification results of each party, but the results shall still be accepted by the opposite party before certification.
    Canada
    1. Both parties recognise the verification results of each party.
    2. Certificating paper:
      1. If the standards and specifications of both parties are the same, the certification
        can be swapped directly without re-verification.
      2. If there is a little difference in standards and specifications of both parties, but the difference is non-product related Process and Production Method, npr-PPM, then it will depend on the opposite party’s standards.
      3. If the difference is related to the usage or waste of products, it must be in
        accordance with the requirement of the certificate-giving party.
    Korea
    1. Both parties recognise each other as substitution.
    2. Both parties recognise the laboratory assigned by each other.
    Ukraine
    1. Taiwan recognises and accepts the verification results of naau in Ukraine.
    2. Ukraine accepts the verification results of the laboratory assigned by Taiwan.
    3. Both parties recognise each other as substitution.
    Czech Both parties recognise the verification results of each party.
    Philippine Both parties recognise the verification results of each party.
    As the boost in global green business, the mutual recognition is not able enough to meet the increasing demand. Thus, Dr. Yu who was the chairman of GEN proposed a collaboration named, Global Ecolabelling Network International Coordinated Ecolabelling System (GENICES), and it was activated and approved by the board of commission of GEN.
    The fundamental spirit of GENICES is that the specialists and/or representatives of member states will be invited to complete a peer review for those organisations willing to be one of the members, according to the ISO 14024 and ISO/IEC Guide 65. By the achievement in independence and fairness, status of quality control and being in accordance with the institutes of the Green Marks, the organisations will be generally assessed for validity of their inspecting procedures to be in the international standards. If the organisation passes the review, it will be certificated to endorse its inspecting procedures and quality. The agreement is able to solve the chronic problems in mutual recognition that the trust is usually insufficient as a result of little understanding in inspecting procedures of opposite party.
    In addition, there are still differences in the standards and specifications of eco-label in each country. Even though there are mutual recognitions among members, there are still significant variations among countries; applicants need to provide relevant documentation to meet the local standards. Thus, the second stage of GENICES is to develop Common Core Criteria (CCC) to unify the standards and specifications of each country and simplified the verification procedures across countries.
    The main work of GEN at the moment is to promote peer review of GENICES. As Taiwan and New Zealand are the first two exemplary countries completing the review, new members in GENICES will naturally and substantially be of bilateral recognition with Taiwan, which means Taiwan can expand the international recognition by the capacity of GEN.
    The Green Mark of Taiwan grows throughout years and more products’ categories have been introduced to embrace a wide range of products. The following chart shows the accumulated number of categories released by each GEN countries.
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