Nanotechnology Industries Association
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) is the cross-sectoral, responsible voice for nanotechnology value chains and the global commercial eco-system. NIA Members are made up of companies of all sizes and sectors involved in materials and nano-enabled products, research centres and universities, expert service providers and other support organsiations such as national associations.
There is no reason to generally exclude ‘nanomaterials’ from the EU Ecolabel for nanomaterials, similarly to other chemical substances, may or may not be harmful to the environment independently from their size.
Nanomaterials need to be included in the EU Ecolabel for they are designed for their positive ecological impact:
- nanomaterials can be produced from less educt chemistry,
- nanomaterials can be produced with less energy consumption,
- nanomaterials need less material to fulfil the same functionality.
Nanomaterials tick all the boxes of “Green Chemistry”. The EU Ecolabel should therefore not consider products incorporating nanomaterials differently from other productions when evaluating their environmental impact, by doing so, it would create an unfair competition which would be detrimental to the final objective of the EU Ecolabel: to promote products which have a reduced environmental impact.