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African Eco-Labelling Mechanism

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

The project established an African eco-label with the aim of improving marketing opportunities for sustainable products and creating incentives to reduce production-related emissions and adapt production methods to climate change. The project was based on preliminary work undertaken by the Marrakech Task Force on Cooperation with Africa. It laid the technical and organisational foundations for a functioning labelling system and putting this system into practice. The project partners established an organisational structure, a benchmarking system against which to assess existing sustainability standards, and a strategy to ensure financial self-sufficiency once the project has ended.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Executive Board, Secretariat at the partner organisation African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO), Technical Board and Sector Working Groups have been set up
  • Four draft standards for the core sectors of the African Ecolabelling Mechanism (AEM) have been developed
  • Marketing concept, logo and marketing materials for the African eco-label have been developed
  • The EMA brand, which is registered in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and registered in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), was successfully transferred to ARSO in 11/2017.
  • The AEM certification processes and systems were developed as part of the ARSO Conformity Assessment Committee Meeting in Rwanda (02/2017) and Namibia (10/2017) and was confirmed by within the framework of the first AEM Advisory Committee meeting in 12/2017.
  • The public was sensitized for eco-labelling in general and the African Ecolabelling Mechanism (AEM) in particular on several meetings and various forums by the Secretary General and senior staff of ARSO.

Project data

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO)
  • African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO),African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP),African Union (AU),United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) - Kenya

BMU grant:
4.550.473,71 €

12/2009  till  03/2019


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