Under the Eco-label Initiative, companies can apply to Enterprise Ireland for support towards the cost of testing and hiring a consultant to assist in the validation and application for an Eco-label for a particular product.

The European Eco-label is a voluntary scheme, established in 1992 to encourage businesses to market products and services that are kinder to the environment.  Products and services awarded the Ecolabel carry the flower logo, allowing consumers – including public and private purchasers – to identify them easily. Today the EU EcoLabel covers a wide range of products and services, with further groups being continuously added. Product groups include cleaning products, appliances, paper products, textile, home and garden products, and lubricants.  (Note food and medicines are not included in the EcoLabel Scheme).

Enhanced market opportunities can arise from the use of the label on products being sold in the EU.

While the logo may be simple, the environmental criteria behind it are tough, and only the very best products, which are kindest to the environment, are entitled to carry the EU EcoLabel.  Irish companies can apply to have their products assessed to meet the criteria required to use the label through the appropriate competent authority in Ireland, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

ELIGIBILITY: The Eco-labels Initiative is open to all Enterprise Ireland clients or potential clients engaged in manufacturing or internationally traded services.

FUNDING: Under the Enterprise Ireland Ecolabel Initiative, companies can apply for support towards the cost of a consultant to assist in the validation, testing and application for an Ecolabel for a particular product.

The maximum expenditure limit is based on individual application and will vary from case to case.

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis to assess eligibility of the detailed proposal and associated costs. The grant amount is determined following this assessment.

Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative.