Finding favour with the government, a green tag trend marking eco-products has recently emerged in Vietnam.

A workshop on labelling systems between experts from Vietnam and Thailand—an experienced country that established its green label in 1997—was held in Hanoi, on March 16.

Nguyen Thu Ha, a representative from a research group at the Environmental Administration, said eligible businesses meeting the initial 14 criteria of the system would benefit greatly from the label.

She said approved green products will receive subsidies from the government and priority on the lists of commodities chosen for public purchase. Chosen companies will also be exempt from export duty.

Currently, there are only three accredited enterprises in Vietnam, including Dien Quang Lamp JSC, Jotun Paints (Vietnam) Co. Ltd, and Fuji Xerox Vietnam Co. Ltd.

According to Sirithan Pairoj-Boroboon, Executive Director of Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation, criteria for the eco-label in his country have increased to 97 specifications last year from 14 in 1997, and are expected to reach 103 this year. Each company is in charge of its registration procedure to obtain the certification, he said.

The workshop, part of a promotion campaign for a green tag in Vietnam, was co-hosted by the ASEAN Vinyl Council and the research group from the Environmental Administration.-VNA