Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Green Labeling and Sustainable Development

  • Qinlin Zhang
  • Junlong Mi
  • Hongtao ShenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_51


Generally, green labeling refers to the accreditation activities of products in line with the specific environmental standards of authority. Green labels are also known as environmental labels or eco-labels. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defines green labels as symbols printed on products or their packaging to advertise environmental quality or characteristics. Green labeling is an important initiative to address the problem of environmental deterioration and urges more countries and regions to start the path of sustainable development in order to protect the environment. In 1987, the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development released the report “Our Common Future,” commonly called the “Brundtland Report.” The report proposed the concept of sustainable development, which is now widely recognized. It defined that “sustainable development means that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future...


Green labeling Eco-innovation process Green products Environmental management system 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center of Low Carbon Economy for Guangzhou Region, Management SchoolJinan UniversityGuangzhouChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mark C. Mifsud
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MaltaMsidaMalta