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  1. Wash installations for vehicles

Public consultation on proposed new criteria for wash installations for vehicles

20 September 2023  –  15 November 2023

Nordic Ecolabelling gives you the opportunity to comment on the proposal for new criteria for Wash installations for vehicles. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is assessed from a life cycle perspective and places high demands on the environment and health.

Your comments are important and will be considered by the national ecolabelling boards and the Nordic Ecolabelling Board. 

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

We look forward to your comments, which should be sent to Nordic Ecolabelling no later than 15 November 2023.

Nordic Swan Ecolabel wash installations for vehicles

A Nordic Swan Ecolabel wash installation for vehicles meet ambitious environmental requirements from a holistic life cycle perspective. This means that Nordic Swan Ecolabel wash installations for vehicles are amongst the environmentally best in their category.

What has been changed?

  • Wash installations for airplanes have been included in the criteria.
  • Requirement (O6) for maximum effluents of cadmium, zinc, copper, ∑lead + nickel + chromium and oil have been tightened. In addition, requirements have been introduced for the discharge of antimony and the phthalate DEHP. Now the same requirement levels for Denmark and the other countries.
  • Requirements for water consumption have been tightened (O7).
    The requirement levels are now split for buses and trucks. The requirement levels are now no longer divided for Denmark and the other countries, but in two geographical zones (zone 1: Denmark and southern Sweden, zone 2: Other) due to climate conditions, which affect the dirtiness of the vehicles and thus water consumption.
  • Requirements for the proportion of Nordic Swan Ecolabelled chemicals have been tightened (O8) from min. 30% to 100% Nordic Swan Ecolabelled care a products and cleaning product for cleaning the hall.
  • New requirement for energy consumption in the wash installation (O14).
  • New point requirements where points are given for lower water consumption than mandatory requirements (P2), advanced technology to analyse and dose care products as needed in relation to dirtiness (P3), reuse of chemical packaging or direct filling of chemical products (P4), lower energy consumption than mandatory requirements (P5) and solar cells (P6).

Most important issues

Nordic Ecolabelling would like to have comments on the complete criteria set, but would like to highlight the following points:

  • O6 Effluents from the wash installation.
  • O7 Water consumption.
  • O14 Energy consumption.
  • Section 1.8 Steam wash. Wash installations for steam washing are considered to be included in the criteria. See section 1.8 in the criteria for requirements that are intended if the criteria are to include steam washing.
  • O18 Summary of points.
  • O26 Annual follow-up.

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 criteria for Wash installations for vehicles can provide us with their opinions and comments. We would appreciate if you kindly distribute information about this review to whom it may concern.

How can comments be sent in?

Your input is most valuable to our criteria development. We prefer to receive your answers via mail for each contry.

For further questions, please contact our product specialists


Sofia Lindqvist
E-mail: sofia.lindqvist@svanen.se or remiss@svanen.se


Randi B. Rødseth
E-mail: rbr@svanemerket.no or post@svanemerket.no


Mie Cederdorff
E-mail: mc@ecolabel.dk or hoeringssvar@ecolabel.dk


Malin Lindfors
E-mail: malin.lindfors@ecolabel.fi or joutsen@ecolabel.fi

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 national ecolabelling boards and committees. On this basis, the Nordic Ecolabelling Board will then decide on new criteria.

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

We look forward to receiving your comments no later than 15 November 2023.