General Question and Recognition

Yes, the Singapore Green Label is recognized internationally. The SGLS Secretariat has certified more than 3300 products in more than 28 countries.

The SGLS only certifies products. The SGLS does not certify the companies who own the products.

The SGLS Secretariat recognizes green products based on a life cycle approach. The Singapore Green Label is a type 1 eco-label. It addresses the main environmental impacts of a given product and places limits for compliancy in order to reduce these impacts. In order to certify a product under the SGLS, a product must be placed under one of the SGLS product categories and meet ALL the requirements for the specified product category.

The SGLS Secretariat does not certify products based on their energy efficiency or any other single environment benefits alone. The overall aspects of a product which include raw material composition, manufacturing process, health impacts and product disposal are considered.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defines type 1 eco- labels as a voluntary, multiple-criteria based, third party program that awards a license that authorises the use of environmental labels on products indicating overall environmental preferability of a product within a particular product category based on life cycle considerations.

No, the Singapore Green Label is a voluntary scheme. However, the Singapore Green Label is a great asset and marketing tool for products. Furthermore, many development projects in Singapore now require products be Green Label certified in order to gain endorsement under the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Scheme.

The SGLS is administered by the Singapore Environment Council, which certifies green products. The Singapore Green Mark scheme is administered by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and certifies green buildings.

The BCA recognizes the Singapore Green Label and awards points to Green Label certified products. These points contribute towards the building attaining Green Mark certification.

Yes, the usage of the Singapore Green Label is regulated by the SGLS Logo Guidelines. In addition, certified products are subjected to the terms and conditional clauses stated in the Singapore Green Label User Agreement. The Singapore Green Label User Agreement will be awarded upon successful approval of the application and receipt of payment.

At present, the SGLS Secretariat only have a Mutual Recognition agreement (MRA) with Japan Eco-Mark for photocopiers and printers.

For other categories, you may choose to submit test documents used during your overseas application for assessment to the SGLS Secretariat.

Contact us to find out more

All Green Label products can be found under the SGLS directory at http://www.sec.org.sg/sgls. You can search by brand or model name of the product. The name of the company certifying the product will also be reflected in the directory.

The Singapore Green Label logo can be used on the product, the product packaging and brochures provided it comply with the SGLS Brand Guidelines. The logo shall not be used on name cards. Please refer to the brand guidelines for details. You may need to seek approval from the SGLS Secretariat for the usage of the Singapore Green Label logo on other marketing collaterals.