1 Preliminary Remarks:
In cooperation with the Federal Minister
for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Federal
Environmental Agency and considering the results of the expert hearings
conducted by RAL, the Environmental Label Jury has set up these Basic
Criteria for the Award of the Environmental Label.
RAL, reg. assoc., has been entrusted with the award of the Environmental
Upon application to RAL and on the basis of a Contract on the Use of the
Environmental Label to be concluded with RAL the permission to use the
Environmental Label may be granted for all products, provided that they
comply with the requirements as specified hereinafter.
Recapping provides for an expedient reutilization of worn tires. Recapping
can be done with just one third of the amount of crude oil usually needed
for the production of new tires. This helps not only to reduce waste but
also to save scarce raw materials.
These Basic Criteria apply to all sorts of "recapped tires".
The Environmental Label shown on page 1 may be used for the marking of
tires under paragraph 2 which have been recapped in accordance with ECE
Regulations No.108 and No.109 Einheitliche Bedingungen für
die Genehmigung der Herstellung runderneuerter Luftreifen für Kraftfahrzeuge/Nutzfahrzeuge
und ihre Anhänger (Uniform Approval Conditions for the Manufacture
of Recapped Pneumatic Tires for Motor Vehicles/Commercial Vehicles and
their trailers) (TRANS/WP.29/594/595) and bear the corresponding approval
mark according to the ECE Regulation.
4 Compliance Verifications
The applicant shall prove compliance with the requirements pursuant to
paragraph 3 by means of the corresponding certificate prepared by a competent
testing institute as well as the approval number for recapped tires.
5 Applicants and the Parties Involved
Manufacturers of recapped tires shall be eligible for application.
The following parties are involved in the award procedure: RAL, Umweltbundesamt
(Federal Environmental Agency) and the Federal State where the production
plant is located that manufactures the products to be marked with the
6 Use of the Environmental Label
The terms governing applicant's use of the Environmental Label shown on
page 1 are stipulated by a Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label
to be concluded with RAL.
Within the scope of such contract the applicant undertakes to comply with
the requirements under para.3 as long as he makes use of the Environmental
For the marking of products according to para.2 above Contracts on the
Use of the Environmental Label are concluded.
These contracts shall run until December 31, 2003. They shall be extended
by periods of one year each, unless the contract is terminated in writing
by March 31, 2003 or by March 31 of the respective year of extension.
After the expiry of the contract the Environmental Label may neither be
used for labelling nor for advertising purposes. This regulation shall
not affect the products being still in the market.
The applicant (manufacturer) shall be entitled to apply to RAL for an
extension of the right to use the label to the product entitled to the
label if it is to be marketed under another brand/trade name and/or under
other marketing organizations.
The Contract on the Use of the Environmental Label shall give the following
Brand/trade name and product designation
Distributor (label user), i.e. the marketing organization pursuant to