Carbon labelling needs to be data-led and science-based to create a level playing field

Euractiv
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Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Retailers and food producers in Europe are pioneering new labels to showcase the environmental impact of the food in a simple way, such as the Eco-score, which basically follows the look of the French colour-coded Nutri-Score. “The importance of what I would call ‘carbon labelling’ is that it actually helps consumers to navigate, but it needs to be data-led and science-based to create a level playing field,” said Peter Giørtz-Carlsen, executive vice-president of the dairy company Arla Foods. He also agreed that there are many elements to take into consideration other than just the environmental footprint, such as the nutritional elements.
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