About Singapore Green Labelling Scheme

While the demand for environmentally sustainable products has only grown exponentially in recent years, the need for sustainable solutions is a timeless problem. Recognising the need for reform early on, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) took the first step to bring the green movement to Singapore in 1992. They worked closely with the National Environmental Agency (NEA) to create a genuine green certification process that adhered to the highest international standards - ISO14024, when evaluating any product.

In 1994, the Singapore Green Label joined the ranks of the Global Eco-Labelling Network (GEN), putting local green label certifications on par with that of dozens of other international labels. This partnership further cemented the authenticity of Singapore Green Label, and expanded the opportunities to do business in over 43 countries including Japan and the USA.

The Enhanced Singapore Green Labelling Scheme for Pulp and Paper Products (Enhanced SGLS) was launched in January 2017 in response to the absence of peatland management and fire management in this category. This enhanced scheme requires companies to improve their peatland management and commit to the early detection and suppression of fires when they do occur. Companies must also comply with the existing requirements of zero-burning on their plantations. The Enhanced SGLS has been awarded the ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation for the scope of pulp and paper products since 2019. 


Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS)


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Administered by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) since 1999, the Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS) is Singapore’s leading environmental standard and certification mark with over 3800 unique products certified across 43 countries. The scheme aims to help the public identify environmentally preferred products that meet certain eco-standards.

The Singapore Green Label is a Type 1 Ecolabel. A Type 1 Ecolabel is independently verified by third party based on the life cycle considerations. 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 scheme’s high certification standards also motivate and empower manufacturers to adhere to international environmental best practices in their manufacturing process, and provide them with opportunities for regional expansion through a global network of ecolabels. The SEC is the only eco-labelling body in Singapore that is a member of the Global Eco-Labelling Network (GEN).

As an independently managed, non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO), SEC values strong partnerships with organisations and government authorities to foster lasting environmental and societal values that encourage and achieve environmental sustainability. We seek to journey with our partners and recognise their commitment to be owners in support a worldwide green movement that puts an emphasis on sustainability first.

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Enhanced Singapore Green Labelling Scheme for Pulp and Paper Products (Enhanced SGLS)

The manufacturing of paper products is a highly complex process and generally have high environmental impact. Unsustainable practices in its production such as extensive deforestation of natural forests, land clearing using uncontrolled fire, and discharge of hazardous chemicals into water systems, impacts the environment adversely.

Timber is one of the main raw materials needed for paper products and sourcing of timber typically results in clearing of natural forest for its timber, or for plantation land. The most economical and efficient way to clear land for agriculture or plantation is burning which is still a common practice in many countries.

With proper management, harvesting of pulpwood from forests or plantations can be carried out in a sustainable manner. The Enhanced Singapore Green Labelling Scheme enables companies to adopt and comply with good and recognised forest management practices and standards. In addition, the peatland and fire management criteria in this scheme assess the applicant’s readiness and commitment to practice sustainable forest management on peatland and fire prevention in order to safeguard peatland forests and other areas used to obtain fibre raw materials. These standards ensure that resources gathered or harvested from forests or plantations are done in a responsible and environmentally-friendly manner, minimising disturbance of natural eco-systems and conserves biodiversity.

Besides setting standards on forest management, the Enhanced SGLS also set standards on hazardous chemicals that are released during the manufacturing of paper products. Chemical compounds are typically used in manufacturing processes like kraft pulping and bleaching. Release of these chemicals through effluent discharge into water bodies or land surfaces will cause contamination due to its persistence, bio-accumulative and non-biodegradable properties. The presence of such contamination would damage the ecosystem and possibly cause harm to human health.

Combating environmental degradation requires a united effort between government legislation, industry makers and consumers. The Enhanced SGLS serves as a minimum level of conformance to ensure the certified product is sustainably produced and managed throughout its life.


Singapore Environment Council

The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is an independently managed, non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) and an institution of public character (IPC). As a thought leader on environmental sustainability, SEC influences thinking and practices by engaging the 3P sectors (People, Private and Private) through a range of holistic programmes: the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards (SEAA), School Green Awards (SGA), Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS), and other certification programmes, such as: Eco-Office Plus, Eco-Shop, Eco-F&B and Eco-Event. In addition, our Training and Education arm provides the community and business sectors with the opportunity to develop awareness, knowledge, skills and tools to protect and improve our environment for a more sustainable future.