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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

18.10.2011
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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

DG Environment News Alert Service

Carbon labels on groceries need simplifying for consumers
New research in the UK indicates that the public find carbon labels on grocery products difficult to understand. The study recommends that carbon label authorisation procedures should require producers to commit to continually reduce emissions, as otherwise consumers may wrongly assume that this is signified by the label. (more...) Download article (PDF)

Capturing the full environmental and social impacts of products
Carbon footprint labels communicate just one aspect of a product's environmental impact. A recent study has called for an enhanced ecolabelling scheme, called 'sustainable product indexing', that recognises the broader, complex social and environmental impacts of products. Download article (PDF)

Limitations of measuring product sustainability with carbon footprints
The carbon footprint method does not capture the overall environmental impact of manufactured products, and according to a recent study which found it unsuitable for assessing the toxicity of pollutants generated by products. Download article (PDF)

Global Carbon Footprints account for international emissions
Calculations of product carbon footprints (PCF) tend to focus on the emissions produced by fossil fuel use during production. A new study has explored three approaches which also include 'biogenic carbon' in footprints and found they can produce very different footprints to standard PCF methods. Download article (PDF)

Carbon footprinting methods need greater harmonisation
The wide range of methods used to calculate carbon footprints can cause confusion among consumers and stakeholders. A new report has analysed existing methods and suggested that the EU needs to provide continuing support to harmonise these methods, for example, by promoting a global framework. Download article (PDF)

Methods for including biogenic carbon in footprints
Calculations of product carbon footprints (PCF) tend to focus on the emissions produced by fossil fuel use during production. A new study has explored three approaches which also include 'biogenic carbon' in footprints and found they can produce very different footprints to standard PCF methods. Download article (PDF)
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