On September 11, 2017, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) enacted the “MONRE Decision No. 2186/QD-BTNMT on Vietnam Green Labeling Standards for batteries (NXVN 15:2017), photocopiers (NXVN 16:2017), LED modules and LED light bulbs (NXVN 17:2017)”, and the decision took effect from the same day. The original text of this decision can be downloaded from the following link. The specific criteria and requirements for each product are also annexed to Decision 2186/QD-BTNMT.
The design of Vietnam Green Label is shown below:
Requirements for each product
For batteries, one of the green label requirements is to limit mercury (Hg), lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) content. In addition, requirements for product packaging and disposal are also stipulated in the standard.
For photocopiers, the Green Label requirements include emission standard for dust, ozone, VOCs and other pollutants during operation, noise standards, and energy efficiency standards, etc., as well as requirements for the use of hazardous substances in its manufacturing process.
For LED bulbs, requirements for restrictions on the use of hazardous substances (lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB, PBDE, short-chain chlorinated paraffin) in its manufacturing process, energy efficiency requirements, and packaging material are necessary to be complied.
General requirements of the Vietnam Green Label:.
In terms of general criteria, the following conditions are required for domestic manufacturing enterprises applying for the issuance of Vietnam Green Label certificates:
- Comply with legal provisions on environmental impact assessment and environmental protection commitments:
- Comply with legal provisions on management of effluent, gas emissions, and solid waste:
- Comply with regulations on the use and management of chemical substances:
- Comply with legal provisions on labor, ensuring occupational health and safety, and other legitimate workers’ rights
On the other hand, companies that do not manufacture domestically but import products are required to comply with legal requirements and regulations regarding environmental protection and social responsibility at their production sites. In addition, the company must also be certified with ISO 14001.