Construction & facade panels and mouldings

Public hearing concerning proposal for a new generation of Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for Construction & facade panels and mouldings.

Nordic Ecolabelling gives you the opportunity to comment on the proposal for a new criteria generation for Construction & facade panels and mouldings. Your comments are important and will be considered by the national ecolabelling boards and the Nordic Ecolabelling Board.

The revision ONLY includes requirements for renewable materials and products based on renewable materials. For products that consist of a mixture of renewable and non-renewable materials such as cement-bonded particleboards, it is only the requirements for renewable materials that are revised and thus not the requirements for cement.

We look forward to your comments, which should be sent to Nordic Ecolabelling no later than December 9, 2022 to be taken into consideration.

Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Construction & facade panels and mouldings are assessed based on a life cycle perspective and fulfil high environmental and health requirements.

Please find the proposed criteria for download further down on this page.

Major changes

  • The criteria now include both Cross- and Glued Laminated Timber.
  • New mandatory requirement for share recirculated materials in particle- and MDF boards.
  • The requirement for energy use has been re-structured and stringed for most types of panels/products.
  • The chemical requirements have been stringed in several ways e.g., a ban on using chemicals that are classified as environmentally harmful and the requirement for constituent substances now also includes CMR category 2 substances.
  • The requirement for the emission of formaldehyde has been tightened.
  • A new requirement for innovation has been introduced which promotes various measures to reduce the total environmental impact from production of panels, either related to the product itself or to conditions in production. At least one of the listed measures must be fulfilled.

Nordic Ecolabelling would like to have comments on the complete criteria set, but would like to highlight the following points:

  • The requirement for energy use has been restructured with new individual requirements limits for the different types of panels, boards, mouldings and Cross- and Glued Laminated Timber. The idea of introducing a CO2-requirement has been briefly discussed – however, the biggest environmental benefit lies in the reduction of real energy consumption. We appreciate to have your comments on the requirement.

Documents for download

Who can provide input?

All people, companies and institutions who are interested in taking part in the development work of Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for Furniture and Fitments can provide us with their opinions and comments. We would appreciate if you kindly distribute information about this review to whom it may concern.

How can comments be sent in?

Your input is most valuable to our criteria development. We prefer to receive your answers via mail for each contry.

For further questions, please contact our product specialists:

Sweden

Martin Gajdos
E-mail: martin.gajdos@svanen.se or remiss@svanen.se

Norway

Jørgen Flo
E-mail: jf@svanemerket.no or post@svanemerket.no

Denmark

Heidi Belinda Bugge, Head of criteria
E-mail: hbb@ecolabel.dk or hoeringssvar@ecolabel.dk

Finland

Harri Hotulainen
E-mail: harri.hotulainen@ecolabel.fi or joutsen@ecolabel.fi

What happens next?

When the consultation period is complete, the answers will be compiled and evaluated. For this reason, a new revised proposal for criteria will be submitted to the Swedish Ecolabelling Board and the other national committees. On this basis, the Nordic Ecolabelling Board will then decide on new criteria.

Part of the decision document is the summary of all consultation responses together with answers from Nordic Ecolabelling. The summary will be public and available on the Ecolabelling Sweden’s web page in connection with the publication of the new criteria.

We look forward to receiving your comments no later than December 9, 2022.