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Message from the Secretariat

Dear GEN Members and Friends,

We are very excited to be launching the first edition of our magazine for 2022.

Despite the global challenges we currently face, the pages are filled with our celebration of positive sustainability stories, including our 2021 AGM, our Look Closer video launch, and a quick look at our new logo and brand that will be formally released later this year.

There are also other exemplary case studies where good is being done in the world by our members, such as SPLC, and we also showcase Universities that got involved in our World Ecolabel Day.

We hope you enjoy the reading, and we look forward to regularly celebrating with you throughout the year.

Please also help us to celebrate the ECNZ and EU Ecolabel 30th Birthday this month.

We are really coming of age and ready to step up to the next level of maturity and change-making globally.

Please also save the dates for the 2022 AGM - 17th to the 21st of October.

More details to follow.

Many thanks again for your commitment to GEN and our global mission
Kate Harris
GEN Secretariat
+61 2 5110 2202, ext. 100
Read GEN Magazine here


United Nations agrees to create a global treaty on plastic pollution in landmark agreement.

Nearly 200 countries have agreed to start negotiations on an international agreement to take action on plastic pollution. The global plastic treaty could set rules for plastics production, use, and disposal. This is a global ambitious environmental action to tackle the plastic problem.  Read more here.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH launched the report "Barrier Analysis and Strategies for Ecolabels and Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation".

The report is a compilation of common barriers, a short description of each challenge and possible strategies for successfully overcoming these, including references to further information and best practices. Read the full report here.
UNEP launched the report "Addressing the Issue of Chemicals of Concern in Electronics: Challenges and recommendations for labelling initiatives".

The report explores how ecolabels can help reduce chemicals of concern in electronic products.  Read more here.

Members News

EU Ecolabel celebrates its 30th anniversary.
On 23 March, 30 years ago, the EU Ecolabel was founded. Their mission remains the same years: strive to achieve climate neutrality by promoting a circular economy and zero pollution. Discover more about the past of the EU Ecolabel and how it has evolved over the years.
Happy 30th anniversary to ECNZ!

ECNZ  has been New Zealand's only Type I lifecycle ecolabel for the past 30 years. 
The label, which is owned and endorsed by the New Zealand government, currently has 24 specifications for various goods and services, with more underway. Learn more.
Nordic Ecolabelling describes how its criteria address different environmental aspects.
Nordic Ecolabelling sets requirements for the following environmental aspects: sustainable raw materials and biodiversity; circular economy and resource efficiency; energy and climate; and chemicals, nano and microplastics. Read more.

Recent Events

ISEAL Insight webinar for GEN Members only (9 March, 2022) -  “Understanding different types of sustainability systems – standards and ecolabels”

Upcoming Events

Green Claims: Doing it Right with Confidence

Kate Harris - Secretariat @Global Ecolabelling Network
Rakesh Vazirani - Global Head of Sustainability Services (Products) @TUV Rheinland
Michelle Carvill - Course Director @The Chartered Institute of Marketing
Katrina Duck-Client Engagement Lead (Europe) @Serai
Jan Christian Polanía GieseEdit-Head of Sustainable Consumption @Adelphi
Oliver Bealby-Wright - Sustainable Consumption Specialist @Consumers International

When:  22 March 2022, 4pm in Singapore

Register here.
You are invited to attend our second GEN member Meet-up of 2022 to celebrate the milestones of our members!

When: via zoom on the 21 April 2022 - 8:00am -10:00am GMT.

Theme: We will celebrate our member's milestones/achievements and anniversaries. We will hear from Environmental Choice New Zealand and EU Ecolabel; speaking about the lessons they've learnt and the development they've had in the last 30 years and what they intend or want the next 30 years to look like. 

Registration: Please register before the 16th of April HERE.

We hope you can all attend; however, if you cannot participate, we will post a recording. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Member Meet-Up
21 April 2022 - Register here

World Ecolabel Day
13 October 2022

2022 AGM
From 17 to 21 October 2022
GEN Communications

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