03 Feb '12, 5pm

Is there a future for carbon footprint labelling in the UK? #Tesco

Is there a future for carbon footprint labelling in the UK? #Tesco

Back in 2007, when former CEO Terry Leahy promised to bring in carbon labels for all Tesco products everything seemed rosy. Soon after, the company announced a trial of the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label, promising a ‘revolution in green consumption’. Consumers would be able to know from the label the amount of greenhouse gases used during the life of each product. Fast-forward to 2012 and Tesco has now decided to drop the Carbon Trust label, putting in doubt its entire future in carbon labelling. The chain denies it has given up on carbon labels, saying it is simply “re-evaluating” what works for its customers. If a big name like Tesco is thinking twice, what does that mean for the future of carbon labelling? In the current economic climate, price may be taking precedence over ecological impact. But, it is still debatable whether or not carbon labels are changing c...

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