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EU certification and ecolabel is key to biotech business model

 EU certification and ecolabel is key to biotech business model
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Energy, Materials, Water, Waste, Carbon
Chemical and process engineering
Medium cost
Annual saving:
5 - 10%
Payback time:
0.5 - 2 Year(s)
Payback time:
While ecolabelling activities are not viewed as an 'investment' project, they help to market the products and boost competitiveness
Total cost savings:
While cost savings are not the main objective in greening the products, less resource wastage and more efficiency in production provides additional cost savings
Premises and operation areas:
Product and design, Production processes, Supply operations
Size of company:
Medium (less than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
Intermediate, Advanced

Unique selling point for 'green' biotech

  • Growing bio and chemical business built around respect for environment
  • Pioneering efforts to obtain certification and push for greener alternatives
  • Ecolabels boost marketing and communication as well

A&B Laboratorios de Biotecnología in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain researches, designs and manufactures chemical and biological products for industrial and institutional use. The growing company takes great care to comply with EU standards, making sure its products, including detergents and cleaners, do not harm the environment.

In the industrial sector, A&B Laboratorios de Biotecnología was the first in Europe to become certified under the ISO 14006 standard. Since its certification, eight of its products have been awarded the EU Ecolabel. The organisation’s strategy is based on searching for alternative 'biotech' solutions to traditional chemical products and paying close attention to early design phases to assess the impact of all products throughout their lifecycle.

Key benefits

A&B Laboratorios de Biotecnología benefits from the EU Ecolabel in several ways, including improved brand value, enhanced product safety and effectiveness, and additional value to its consumers.

The company has set an agenda to produce products and disseminate information that closely aligns with its consumers’ environmental values. The EU Ecolabel contributes to the success of A&B Laboratorios de Biotecnología by providing consumers with assurances that the products they choose are high quality and environmentally sustainable.


“The EU Ecolabel is a very important aspect of our marketing and communication process, as it represents value to our consumers and exposes us to new markets in Europe known to the general public. The EU Ecolabel has allowed us to improve the communication process with our consumers.” - Isabel Acevedo, Department Technologist, A&B Laboratorios de Biotecnología

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