30 Jan '12, 5pm

Tesco Considers Dropping Carbon Footprinting Labels from Products

Tesco Considers Dropping Carbon Footprinting Labels from Products

Tesco is considering dropping carbon footprint labels from its products, after reports suggested the supermarket giant is finding the process too expensive and time-consuming. The retailer became the most high-profile supporter of the Carbon Trust's label scheme in 2008 and has since calculated the carbon footprint of about 1,100 products. Out of these products, some 500, including potatoes, light bulbs, orange juice and laundry detergent, now carry labels detailing their emissions. However, Helen Fleming, Tesco's climate change director, told The Grocer magazine that the supermarket is phasing out the labels as they require several months' work to calculate and other retailers have not adopted them, making the scheme less effective than had been originally hoped. "We expected that other retailers would move quickly to do it as well, giving it critical mass, but that hasn'...

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