Carbon labelling has been proposed in many countries to help educate consumers on their environmental impact. A number of independent entities, such as Carbon Trust in the UK, have initiated pilot programs to allow companies to audit their emissions and obtain a label to display their footprint that will allow consumers to make compare their footprint between different, as one would with energy or water star ratings.
Companies such as Tesco, Halifax and Continental Clothing Company have already signed up to the Carbon Reduction Label and the organisation is currently working to bring other companies on board. Meanwhile, the South Korean government has recently announced a pilot label for 10 products to carry a carbon label. At present, products that have been picked to display the label span across a wide range of industries, from pre-cooked microwaveable rice to LG washing machines.
Meanwhile in Australia, The Australian Food and Grocery Council, along with Woolworths, is currently conducting a study to examine the benefits of carbon labelling.
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