The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment is preparing a special issue on ecolabels: The Future of Ecolabels. Paper submissions are encouraged about the theoretical background, practical implementation and lessons learned about Ecolabels applied in both policies and corporate strategies. Deadline is 30th of September!

Promoting the sale of more sustainable products is often a challenge, either due to higher prices, or because of a lack of awareness among consumers. Ecolabels can play an important role to drive a change in consumption patterns. They are important instruments to guide purchasing decisions and complement other instruments, such as energy labelling, ecodesign and green public procurement by setting high environmental standards to encourage the market to develop more sustainable products. However, because most ecolabels are applied on a national level and thus follow different standards it is difficult to apply them in a globalized market. Hence, there is a need for international cooperation among ecolabels by developing common criterias as well as mutual verification and certification mechanisms.

In order to address the problem of internationally harmonized standards, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment is preparing a special issue on ecolabels and calling for contributions. The aim is to describe the key challenges of ecolabels such as defining criteria to deal with critical raw materials, chain-of-custody and traceability of raw material value chains, integration of social criteria and human rights aspects in ecolabels, addressing issues of product durability and obsolescence and implementing a harmonized performance and impact measurement system for ecolabels.

Submissions of original research articles that report significant research contributions and industry and/or company case-studies covering topics including, but not limited to are encouraged:

  • integration of supply chain management and critical raw materials into ecolabels
  • integration of social aspects and human rights aspects into ecolabels
  • integration of aspects of circular economy into ecolabels
  • performance measurement of ecolabels
  • integration of footprint approaches into ecolabels
  • innovative consumer research to promote ecolabel products

Guidelines for submission:

Manuscripts should be submitted via this link:

Key Dates

Call for papers issued March 2018

Full paper submission deadline: September 30th, 2018

Final decision notification: December 15th, 2018

Publication: April, 2019

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