40 Years of Credible Environmental Labelling:
Driving Smart Innovations towards our Green Future

International Conference of the Blue Angel and the
Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN)

Date: 25 October 2018, Berlin
Venue: Tagungswerk, Lindenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin

Conference language: English
Moderation: Jacki Davis

08:30 am


09:30 am

Conference Opening

09:35 am

Welcome and introduction

Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

09:50 am

Keynote: The next 40 years: The future of product stewardship and the Blue Angel

Maria Krautzberger, President of the German Environment Agency

10:00 am

Table conversations on stage: Environmental Labels and Digitisation

Table 1: Consumption 4.0 – What role will ecolabels play in digital shopping environments?

Kai Falk, German Retail Federation (Handelsverband Deutschland - HDE)
Walter Kahlenborn, adelphi

Table 2: Ecolabelling and electronic devices – How to tackle complex supply chains and short product cycles?

Miquel Ballester, Fairphone
Cornelia Szyszkowitz, Deutsche Telekom
Sören Enholm, TCO Development

11:00 am Coffee Break
11:30 am

Panel discussion

Together for the Future: Opportunities and challenges for environmental labelling in globalized markets

Dr Ulf Jaeckel, German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Andreas Tschulik, Austrian Eco-Label
Ragnar Unge, Nordic Swan
Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Japan Environment Association
Bjørn-Erik Lønn, Global Ecolabelling Network
Jiannis Kougoulis, European Commission, DG Environment
Xiaodan Zhang, Representative of China Environmental Labelling Program

12:30 pm

Lunch Break

01:30 pm

Supporting good practice of consumer information worldwide – Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability and other activities of the 10 Year Framework Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production

Beatriz Carneiro, UN Environment

Q&A for 10min after the presentation

01:55 pm

Strengthening the impact of ecolabels in the international sphere – Example of the Blue Angel award criteria for air-conditioners

Tobias Schleicher, Öko-Institut

02:15 pm

Parallel Working Sessions: Tackling old and new challenges for ecolabel application

Session 1: Increasing the market share of eco-labelled products - Business cases from producers
What can we learn from successful ecolabel users, labelling bodies and civil society for the mainstreaming of ecolabelled products?

Short presentations by:

Jan Christian Polanía Giese, adelphi (host)
Arndt Scheidgen, Henkel AG
Eva Eiderström, Bra Miljöval
Sascha Roth, Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
Stefan Friedrich, Bioblo Spielwaren GmbH (Träger Umweltzeichen AT Spielzeug)

Session 2: Integration of social criteria into ecolabels on the example of apparel and footwear
Understanding challenges and possible solutions for addressing the aspect of social standards & human rights in ecolabels.

Short presentations by:

Tobias Schleicher, Öko-Institut & Daniel Weiss, adelphi (hosts)
Anton Pieper, SÜDWIND e.V.
Johannes Luderich, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Session 3: Making consumer products more durable and easier to repair – The role of ecolabels in the obsolescence discussion
Understanding possible strategies to counter obsolescence.

Short presentations by:

Siddharth Prakash, Öko-Institut (host)
Blanca Morales, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and European Consumers Organisation (BEUC)
Jiannis Kougoulis, European Commission, DG Environment
Matthias Huisken, iFixit GmbH

Session 4: The future of ecolabels - Short lectures by top-notch scientists

Prof Fabio Iraldo, IEFE (host)
Laura Spengler, Ökopol Institute
Nicolay Minkov, TU Berlin

04:00 pm Coffee Break
04:30 pm

Synthesis of the parallel sessions
Interview with rapporteurs of the sessions

Session 1: Lena Domröse, adelphi
Session 2: Daniel Weiß, adelphi
Session 3: Jens Gröger, Öko-Institut
Session 4: Kristin Stechemesser, German Evironment Agency

04:45 pm

Closing remarks - summary and goodbye

Dr Bettina Rechenberg, German Evironment Agency