European Ecolabel products linked to rainforest destruction activities
The report revealed that operations by Indonesian paper producers Pindo Deli have had devastating impacts on Sumatran rainforests, causing deforestation, threatening endangered species such as the orang-utan and harming the rights of indigenous peoples.
Pindo Deli provides two different paper products with the French EU Ecolabel license AFNOR and is part of the controversial Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) company that has been highly criticised by NGOs and the forest certification scheme, the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC).
To get a European Ecolabel license, companies must prove they have obeyed a set of ecological criteria established by the EU, which should guarantee that only the most ecological products on the market are awarded with the Ecolabel.
EEB has long called for fully certified products, with high percentages of wood from sustainable sources and stricter requirements for certification bodies to be involved in such criteria, but this has largely been ignored. The revision of the criteria will be under discussion Tuesday next week – the fourth meeting of its kind - between the European Commission,
Lukas Hammer, Ecolabel Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, +32 (0) 2 289 1303
Simon Nazer, Press officer, email@example.com, +32 (0) 2 289 1309
Notes for Editors:
 The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is the largest federation of environmental NGOs in Europe.
EEB officially represents environmental NGOs in the EU Ecolabel Board and participates in the technical working groups where ecological criteria for products are discussed. See www.eeb.org for more details.
EEB’s intervention intends to strengthen the participation of environmental NGOs throughout the process, from proposing product groups; to the development and later revision of ecological criteria; and the long-term direction of Europe’s Ecolabel policy.
 Fern report: “EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction – the case of Pindo Deli” is available on www.fern.org.