German Environment Agency

Formulation and further development of the technical criteria.


The specialist department III 1.3 at the German Environment Agency (UBA) is responsible for answering all general questions about the environmental labelling of products and services and specifically for those dealing with the Blue Angel ecolabel. Furthermore, it acts as the office of the Environmental Label Jury and thus supports the work of the non-salaried jury.

The German Environment Agency receives all proposals for new environmental labels (so-called "new proposals"). The new proposals are presented by the German Environment Agency together with a specialist evaluation to the Environmental Label Jury for a decision. The Environmental Label Jury selects those product groups that are particularly suitable and returns them to the German Environment Agency for closer examination in the form of an investigative order. Once the required investigations have been completed, the German Environment Agency develops proposals for the specialist criteria that the product or service will need to fulfil to be awarded the environmental label. These award criteria are then discussed in the subsequent expert hearing that includes representatives from all relevant social groups: On the one hand, the criteria need to set strict standards, while on the other hand it is also important that they can actually be implemented in practice. The catalogue of criteria (Basic Award Criteria) are then presented to the Environmental Label Jury for ratification together with a proposal on the period of validity, the circumscription around the logo and its allocation to a particular protection goal.

In the case of existing environmental labels, the German Environment Agency has the task of reviewing the specialist criteria at regular intervals and further developing the environmental label. The German Environment Agency presents the revised award criteria to the Environmental Label Jury for ratification.


Specialist Department III 1.3 "Ecodesign, Eco-Labelling and Environmentally friendly Procurement"

Postfach 1406, 06813 Dessau-Roßlau

Contact person


Dr. Johanna Wurbs

German Environment Agency
Phone: +49 (0)340 2103 3375
  • Head of the "Ecodesign, Eco-Labelling and Environmentally friendly Procurement"
  • Head of the Office of the Environmental Label Jury within the German Environment Agency
  • Contact with international eco-labelling activities
Janine Braumann

Janine Braumann

German Environment Agency
+49 (0)340 2103 3705
  • Public relations activities promoting the "Blue Angel" eco-label
  • Assistance to the Jury chair in preparing position and background papers on the Blue Angel eco-label
  • Preparation of talks and media contacts of the Jury chair
  • Products: shipdesign
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Hadi Bazzi

German Environment Agency
+49 (0)340 2103 2871
  • Energy use: stoves for wood, particle separator for firewood
  • Building: construction machinery
  • Traffic: municipal vehicles, buses, replacement catalytic converters, car sharing
Mitarbeiter Umweltbundesamt

Dr. Daniel de Graaf

German Environment Agency
Phone: +49 (0)340 2103 3407

  • Stationary air conditioners
  • Chillers
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Alexandra Herpich

German Environment Agency
+49 (0)340 2103 2276
  • ICT: office equipment with printing function, remanufactured toner modules, router, telephone systems, voice over IP, cordless phones, mobile phones, take back schemes for mobile phones, server and data storage products, data shredders
  • business: data centers
  • household: coffee machine, vakuum cleaners, power strips, garden tools

Dagmar Huth

German Environment Agency
+49 (0)340 2103 3678
Mitarbeiterin Umweltbundesamt

Outi Ilvonen

German Environment Agency
Phone: +49 (0)340 2103 3538

  • Building waterproofing with liquid plastics
  • Concrete products containing recycled aggregates for outdoor flooring
  • Internal plasters
  • Roofing tiles and fittings
  • Roof and sealing sheets
Mitarbeiterin Umweltbundesamt

Kerstin Martens

German Environment Agency
Phone: +49 (0)340 2103 3699

  • Climate-Friendly Grocery Stores in the Food Retail Sector

Anke Oehm

German Environment Agency
+49 (0)340 2103 3129
  • Paints: Interior wall paints, facade paints, varnishes
  • Interior plasters
  • Testing of preservatives
  • Low emission floor coverings: textile and elastic floor coverings, parquet, low-emission flooring adhesives and installation materials, flooring underlays (impact sound insulation)
  • Products made of wood-based materials (panels and doors for interiors, parquet etc.) and low-emission material boards
  • Mechanical door frame fasteners
  • Sealants
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Dr. Christian Pade

German Environment Agency
+49 (0)340 2103 2943

  • Business and Household: Products made from Recycled Plastics
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Dr. Sabine Rönicke

German Environment Agency
Phone: +49 (0)340 2103 3824

  • Low-emission upholstered furniture
  • Furniture made of wood
  • Mattrasses
  • Upholstery leathers
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Dr. Berit Schumann

German Environment Agency
Phone: +49 (0)340 2103 2628

  • General chemical requirements in the Blue Angel
  • Thermal insulation: External thermal insulation composite systems, low-emission thermal insulation material and suspended ceilings for indoor use
  • Foam and water fire extinguishers
Kristin Stechemesser

Dr. Kristin Stechemesser

German Environment Agency
+49 (0)340 2103 2666
  • Household: shoes and textiles
  • Contact for the EU Ecolabel
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Dr. Diana Thalheim

German Environment Agency
Phone: +49 (0)340 2103 2588

  • Heat pumps
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Bettina Uhlmann

German Environment Agency
+49 (0)30 - 8903 5747
  • paper and printing: graphic paper and cardboard made from 100% waste paper (recycled paper and cardboard, finished products made from recovcered paper, recycled cardboard, printing and publication paper made primarily from waste paper, printed matters
  • drugstore: hand dishwashing detergents and hard surface cleaners, dishwasher detergents, laundry detergent, shampoos, shower gels and soaps
  • Business: non-toxic pest control and prevention, thermal processes to control ligniperdous insects, biodegradable lubricants and hydraulic fluids
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German Environment Agency
Phone: +49 (0)340 2103 2158

  • Office: writing utensils and stamps
  • Household: environmentally vacuum ceaner bags
  • Proposals for the developement of new criteria