The Blue Angel (Blauer Engel) is a German certification for products and services that have environmentally friendly aspects.
The certificate has been awarded since 1978 by the Jury Umweltzeichen, a group of 13 persons from environment and consumer protection groups, industry, unions, trade, media and churches.
After the introduction of Germany’s Blue Angel in 1978 as the first world-wide environmental label, other European and non-European countries followed this example and introduced their own national and supra-regional environmental labels. The common goal of these labels is to inform consumers about environmentally friendly products thereby giving global support to product-related environmental protection.
In 1994, some countries cooperated in developing the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) - a non-profit interest group composed of ecolabel organisations throughout the world.