India launched its own ecolabeling scheme in 1991 known as the ‘Ecomark’. However due to promotional and operational hindrances, it has not been entirely successful. However, if it is restructured and revived towards a carbon orientation, then the Ecomark can play an important role towards reducing national Green House Gases (GHG) emissions over the medium-term. Consequently, the Green Purchasing Network of India (GPNI) prepared a framework for a ‘Carbon Oriented Ecomark Scheme for India’ for consideration by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI). This research project aimed to improve the Indian Ecomark Scheme and bring in an appropriate carbon orientation to reflect reduction of GHG emissions. Draft criteria for the same were developed after an extensive review of literature and subsequent analyses.
A Consultation Workshop was organized at Mumbai to introduce the draft criteria to a wide cross-section of experts and stakeholders. The objective of the Workshop was to benefit from the views expressed by the participants and subsequently, improve the draft criteria. Subsequently, a second consultation workshop was conducted at Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), New Delhi to present both criteria as well as the scheme. This workshop helped to obtain feedback from the perspective of policy and institutional framework.
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