Established in 1992 and recognised across Europe and worldwide, the EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal. The EU Ecolabel promotes the circular economy by encouraging producers to generate less waste and CO2 during the manufacturing process. The EU Ecolabel criteria also encourages companies to develop products that are durable, easy to repair and recycle.
The EU Ecolabel criteria provide exigent guidelines for companies looking to lower their environmental impact and guarantee the efficiency of their environmental actions through third party controls. Furthermore, many companies turn to the EU Ecolabel criteria for guidance on eco-friendly best practices when developing their product lines.
LEED is a voluntary certification system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance sustainable buildings; it promotes an integrated design system that covers the whole building.
It has been developed by the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (USGBC), an association that provides a global approach to sustainability by rewarding virtuous practice in key areas of human and environmental health.