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Title: Development of an ecolabel certification programme for Hong Kong
Authors: Heinke, Gary W.
Fang, Ming
Lin, C. M.
Ching, E.
Keywords: Environment
Issue Date: Feb-1997
Series/Report no.: Research Centre Publications 96-19
Abstract: Ecolabelling is a voluntary system of awarding a logo to products judged to be less harmful to the environment than comparable products. Informed consumers can preferentially buy these products and thus exercise market pressure on industries to use cleaner production processes. Ecolabel programmes (ELP) were first introduced in Western countries to help clean up their environments. Governments have normally played a leading role, but industry support and promotion is crucial for success. ELPs have now spread to developing countries, particularly in Asia, where the motivation is more related to meeting overseas customers' requests for cleaner products. So far there has been little concrete evidence of loss of markets through ecolabelling, but the concern remains in exporting countries about future requirements for environmental certification.
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