African Eco-Labelling Mechanism
As of: March 2019
Objective and activities
The project is establishing 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 is based on preliminary work undertaken by the Marrakech Task Force on Cooperation with Africa. It is laying the technical and organisational foundations for a functioning labelling system and putting this system into practice. The project partners are establishing 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
- 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.