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Consultation concerning revised criteria for Nordic Ecolabelling for Tissue Paper and Tissue Products, generation 6

Nordic Ecolabelling gives you the opportunity to comment on the proposal for criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelling for Tissue Paper and Tissue Products. Your comments are important and will be considered by the national Ecolabelling boards and the Nordic Ecolabelling Board.

We look forward to your comments, which should be sent to the Nordic Ecolabelling no later than May 6th, 2022 to be taken into consideration.

Nordic Swan Ecolabelled tissue paper and tissue products are assessed based on a life cycle perspective and fulfil high environmental and health requirements. Nordic Swan Ecolabelled tissue paper and tissue product:

  • Is either made of virgin fibres and/or recycled fibres. At least 70% of the fibres used in paper must come from sustainably managed forests or be recycled.
  • Meets strict requirements concerning chemicals that are hazardous to the health and harmful to the environment.
  • Is manufactured in an energy efficient way, with reduced energy consumption and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Generates less emissions to air and water during production.
  • Promotes circular economy not only through recycled fibres in the tissue product but also through recycled materials and recyclability of the primary packaging.

Please find the proposed criteria for download further down on this page.

What has been changed?

The focus of this revision has mainly been on reduced energy consumption including reduced emissions of greenhouse gases. Requirements concerning energy and greenhouse gases are, thus, considerably stricter than in the previous version.

  • Both the references values for fuel (1650 kWh/ADt) and electricity (800 kWh/ADt) in the tissue paper mill have been tightened (O4). This also applies to de-inked pulp in tissue manufacturing (300 and 450 kWh/ADt), respectively.
  • The requirements for greenhouse gases (O5-O6) have been tightened. There is a new requirement on fossil fuels banning the use of fossil oil and coal in production of process heat (O5). Use of natural gas is, however, still allowed. The limit value set on the emissions of greenhouse gases is 300 kg/ADt encompassing fuels and electricity used for production of process heat.
  • The requirement for emissions to water and air has been tightened (O7), both the reference values for specific emissions but also the individual score calculation (from 1.5 to 1.3).
  • Limit values for chloro-organic substances in wet strength agents (WSAs) and in auxiliary chemicals have been changed (O9), and is now 3000 ppm for WSAs and 300 ppm for auxiliary chemicals.
  • The requirement for tissue paper and tissue products marketed in contact with food has been changed (O11), Nordic Swan Ecolabelled kitchen towels and napkins must comply with BfR’s recommendation XXXVI. Paper and board for food contact, April 2021 or more recent versions.
  • For kitchen towels and napkins manufactured from recycled fibre, a maximum permitted content of total organic fluorine (TOF) and Bisphenol A, F and S has been added to the requirement Content of harmful substances and bleeding (O12).
  • Requirements for packaging have been changed, primary packaging made of plastics, must consist of at least 50% recycled material (O16), after year 2025, the content of recycled plastics is raised to at least 75%. For paper packaging, the recycled content is 100%. In addition, packaging must be made from mono-materials, be recyclable and information om how to sort the packaging must be specified on the packaging (O17).

The requirements for paper products are gathered in a so-called modular system, where the Basic Module and the Chemical Module include the general requirements for pulp and paper production, including forestry. The Basic and Chemical Modules were revised to generation 3 in 2020. Revision of these modules also affects tissue paper.

Major Changes In the Basic Module, generation 3:

  • Regarding the requirement for fibre raw material (O7), the limit of certification has been increased from 30% to 70% in paper. For paper manufactured from recycled fibres, the limit is at minimum of 70% or alternatively, a combination of certified and recycled fibres attaining 70%. The limit value for fibre raw material originating from acacia and eucalyptus is a minimum of 70% for pulp.
  • Reference values for pulps regarding energy (Appendix 4) and emissions to water/air (Appendic 5), have been tightened. Calculation for the energy score of the paper has been changed.

In the Chemical Module, generation 3:

  • Requirement O1 for classification of production chemicals has been expanded with further hazard class and hazard statement (H412).
  • There is a new requirement for prohibited substances (requirement O2), such as substances on the Candidate list shall not be ingoing substances in chemical products used in the production of pulp and paper. Subsequently, some former requirements are removed, such as the requirement concerning residual monomers, as these are now included in the new requirement.
  • The definition of ingoing substances and impurities in chemical products has been updated, the limit for impurities in the chemical product is 1000 ppm (0.1 w-%).

We wish to highlight the following points

  • The energy requirement (O4) and the limit value set on the emissions of greenhouse gases (300 kg/ADt) in O6 in the Criteria for the Tissue Paper and Tissue Products. If you have comments on these levels, please explain your objections by specifying which kind of fuel you use, and why you therefore consider the suggested limits to be a problem. We also wish to gain comments on the possibility of setting a dynamic limit value for greenhouse gases that will be tightened over time.

Documents for download

Who can provide input?

All people, companies and institutions who are interested in taking part in the development work of Nordic Ecolabelling for Tissue Paper and Tissue Products can provide us with their opinions and comments. We would appreciate if you kindly distribute information about this consultation to whom it may concern.

For further questions, please contact our Product Specialist
telephone +358 (0) 40 669 4807.

What happens next?

When the consultation period is complete, the answers will be compiled and evaluated. For this reason, a new revised proposal for criteria will be submitted to the Swedish Ecolabelling Board and the other national committees. On this basis, the Nordic Ecolabelling Board will then decide on new criteria.

Part of the decision document is the summary of all consultation responses together with answers from Nordic Ecolabelling. The summary will be public and available on Ecolabelling Sweden’s web page in connection with the publication of the new criteria.

We look forward to receiving your comments no later than May 6th 2022.

Best regards,
Anna Sahlman