In response to global trends, to encourage businesses to reduce environmental pollution and resource consumption throughout the product life cycle stages of sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, selling, use, and disposal, and to promote waste reduction, detoxification, and recycling, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has referred to the experiences of advanced countries and regions such as Germany, Japan, Canada, the Nordic countries, the United States, and the European Union in implementing the eco-labeling system. Taiwan EPA has conducted discussions to issue an environmental label for products. On March 19th, 1992, Taiwan EPA selected a design for the environmental label, which features a clean, unpolluted Earth enveloped by a green leaf, symbolizing the environmental concept of "recyclability, low pollution, and resource conservation." The trademark rights of Green Mark were legally registered and publicly announced.
Two important regulations promoting Green Mark system including the "Operational Guidelines for Promoting and Using Green Mark" and the "Establishment Guidelines for the Green Mark Review Committee," were officially announced on August 25th, 1992. In December of the same year, Taiwan EPA and the Industrial Technology Research Institute(ITRI) signed the first contract to commission the promotion of the eco-label program. They opened 14 product categories for industry applications in two batches. In the first year of implementation (until June 1993), two manufacturers were awarded the eco-label for a total of five products. Till the end of 2022, there were a total of 128 valid Green Mark criteria and 5,110 valid Green Mark products. This achievement is comparable to that of advanced countries promoting eco-labeling, such as those in Northern Europe, Japan, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Please refer to the Green Living Information website for the latest execution results.
The Green Mark system is targeted at products with environmental characteristics, such as recyclability, low pollution, and resource conservation. Manufacturers voluntarily apply for the Green Mark, and those whose products meet the criteria for the respective categories are issued a certificate of use and granted the right to use Green Mark, which can be displayed on the product, packaging, or service location.
Taiwan Green Mark is established based on the principles and procedures of ISO 14024. Essentially, it is an economic tool designed to encourage products and services that have less environmental impact. Through market mechanisms in production, supply, and demand, it drives the potential for environmental protection. To achieve its effectiveness, Taiwan Gren Mark is only awarded to the top 20% to 30% of products in the same category with the best environmental performance.
- Ministry of Environment