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The product group covers both single stores, retail chains and online stores.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabelling of a grocery store means adopting a comprehensive approach to environmental measures to reduce environmental impact. The store shall comply with environmental requirements within a number of different areas including its product range, energy conservation, waste management, transport and consumables.
Below you will find all the necessary documents and background information to apply for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
2 February – 2 April 2023
During the consultation period, Nordic Ecolabelling gives you the opportunity to comment on a proposal for new criteria for Grocery stores.
Read more here and please, share your knowledge with us.
- Start your application process by reading the criteria document and find out if your product can obtain the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
- Read your Application Guide.
- Request login credentials.
- Now you are ready to enter the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal.
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Should you wish to transfer your licence, please use this form.
Please contact one of our national offices for information about fees for this product group.
In the criteria document, you can read about how to document and verify compliance for each requirement. You can also find other application documents here.
Criteria documentEnglish / 3.5
Information on the latest version of the criteria for grocery stores
3.4 ⇛ 3.5: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The criteria have been prolonged with 12 months and are valid to 31 December 2024. The new version is called 3.5.
3.3 ⇛ 3.4: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The criteria have been prolonged with 18 months and are valid to 31 December 2023. The new version is called 3.4.
3.2 ⇛ 3.3: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The criteria have been prolonged with 18 months and are valid to 30 June 2022. The new version is called 3.3.
3.1 ⇛ 3.2: Adustment and prolongation of the validity of the criteria
Requirement O7 has been changed and in requirement O11 a specification has been added. Furthermore, the criteria have been prolonged with 18 months and are valid to 31 December 2020. The new version is called 3.2.
3.0 ⇛ 3.1: Adjustment of criteria
- Requirement O1 has been changed for retail chains. The sales of groceries must be calculated for the chain as a whole, and not only for the stores that are included in the licence.
- The definition of a retail chain has been changed. It has been decided to remove the minimum limit of five stores for a retail chain.
The new version is called 3.1.
3.0: New criteria generation
Version 3.0 of Nordic Ecolabelling's criteria for grocery store has been published. The new version is valid until June 30th 2019.
In the background document below you will find reasoning and facts behind the specific requirements in the criteria document.
Here you can also read the comments, requirement for requirement, from the public hearing.
If the documents are in a Nordic language, you can get help in understanding the sections you need by contacting the product specialist in your chosen country below.
Background documentEnglish / 3.5
Consultation responseNorwegian / 3.5