Ecolabels and certifications


The following is a list of common ecolabels and certifications used to demonstrate environmental and social credentials of products and services. Ecolabels can represent either best practice or minimum practice, and can be established by independent bodies or by the industry they apply to. Click through to the websites below to learn more about each.

Ecolabel Index

The largest global directory of ecolabels, currently tracking 433 ecolabels in 246 countries, and 25 industry sectors.

iSEAL Alliance

ISEAL is the global association for developing and promoting sustainability standards. ISEAL's Codes of Good Practice are seen as global references for developing credible standards.

Global Ecolabelling Network

A non-profit association of third-party, environmental performance labelling organisation to improve, promote, and develop the 'ecolabelling' of products and services.

Green Beings

Features a list of environmental performance indicator labels, their descriptions and links to their respective websites.

Good Environmental Choice Australia

Australian ecolabelling program that sets best practice standards for environmental performance and certifies products that meets those standards.

Global Green Tag

Third party rating and certification system of green building and other products, underpinned by a scientific Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach.

Energy Rating

Australia/NZ rating system to compare appliances based on their energy efficiency using stars. The scheme also includes the mandatory Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).

Energy Star

Energy Star is an international standard for energy-efficient electronic equipment. Currently only office equipment and consumer electronics, including computers, printers, fax machines, photocopiers, televisions and DVD players may carry this endorsement label in Australia.

EPEAT

An environmental rating for computers and other electronic equipment. It considers reductions in environmental impact across the lifecycle of equipment—from fewer toxins in manufacturing to efficient operation and easier recycling.

TCO Certified

Sustainability certification for IT products. It sets requirements for ergonomic design, health & safety, minimal environmental impact and social responsibility in manufacturing facilities.

Blue Angel

Based in Germany, it is the oldest ecolabel in the world, covering thousands of products based on brands or objectives (i.e. protecting environment & health, climate, water or resources).

Nordic Swan

The official ecolabel of Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland). It is a voluntary, third-party ecolabelling program, covering 63 product groups to date.

Green Power

Government accredited clean, renewable energy sourced from the sun, wind, water and waste. This logo indicates a company purchases GreenPower.

National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

This rating scheme gives commercial office buildings a "star rating" based on their actual energy, water, waste or air quality performance. It is a national initiative managed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Green Building Council Australia (GBCA)

A non-profit organization to encourage the adoption of green building practices. Develops Green Star environmental rating system for buildings including commercial offices, retail centres, educational institutions, multi-unit residential dwellings, industrial facilities and public buildings.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

An independent, third-party green building certification verifying performances in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Developed by US Green Building Council.

Water Rating

Australia/NZ rating system to compare appliances based on their water efficiency using stars. The rating is managed alongside the mandatory Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme.

Smart Approved WaterMark

Australia’s water conservation label, identifying and promoting products and services that help save water. It is a sister scheme to WELS and applies to a wider selection of water efficient technologies.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

An international not-for-profit focused on improving forestry practices. The FSC trademarks offer a guarantee that products come from responsible sources that support the conservation of forests and wildlife.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

The world's largest non-profit, non-governmental forest certification organization to promote Sustainable Forest Management (SFM).

Australian Forestry Standard (AFS)

Promotes and certifies sustainable forest management in Australia's forests, endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) scheme.

Rainforest Alliance

An international non-profit organization focused on conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Develops third-party certification, validation and verification systems in forestry, agriculture, carbon and tourism.

Australian Certified Organic (ACO)

Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce. A fully-owned subsidiary of Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA).

The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA)

Non-profit company providing organic certification services with extensive operation overseas including Brazil, Indonesia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Sri Lanka. Accredited by AQIS and IFOAM.

FairTrade

The Fairtrade certification system requires products to meet the social, economic, and environmental standards set by Fairtrade International.

UTZ

Provides certification system and codes of conduct for coffee, cocoa, tea and rooibos to ensure environmentally and socially responsible agricultural practices and production. 

Marine Stewardship Council

Develops standards and certification program for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. MSC ecolabel is a widely recognized indicator of seafood sustainability.