Communicating Circular Economy Through Labeling


CLASP presented research on existing circular economy labeling on appliances to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and provided recommendations for developing an appliance circular economy labeling scheme.

Marie Baton, Sara Demartini, Lina Kelpsaite

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The concept of circular economy (CE) and its inclusion on appliance energy efficiency labeling is still relatively new but is needed to increase awareness of CE principles across in all stakeholders. Because of its recency, there are few examples of existing schemes, making it difficult for countries to establish new programs. CLASP, in working with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), analyzed five existing schemes and provided recommendations to EGAT based on those cases.

Though the research was done to support EGAT, the analysis and recommendations could be useful for organizations in any country for starting or integrating a circular economy labeling scheme. Some of the key recommendations were:

  • Build a strong national circular economy framework exists so expectations, definitions, and compliance are easy to understand.
  • Ensure all stakeholders (e.g., manufacturers, retailers, consumers, disposal and recycling centers, civil society, government representatives) are informed and consulted.
  • Evaluate the specific needs and most relevant products to the region.
  • Join with other relevant stakeholders, local and global, to build capacity and increasing knowledge sharing.

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