Tesco commits to carbon labelling

7th March 2012


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The UK's largest retailer has rejected claims that it is reining back on providing information about CO₂ emissions on its products

Reports last month alleged that Tesco was withdrawing from carbon labelling. But the retailer has told the environmentalist that it remains committed to providing customers with carbon information, to help the company deliver against its green targets: to reduce customers’ carbon footprint by 50% by 2020 and to reduce the embedded carbon in the products it sells by 30% by 2020.

“We are not withdrawing from carbon labelling,” said a spokesperson. “What is correct is that the scheme we developed with the Carbon Trust, although it has many merits, has not yet been widely adopted by other retailers and manufacturers.”

She said the firm was now working on how to adapt its CO2 labelling so that it is faster and cheaper to operate, appears on many more products and helps more customers and suppliers to reduce their emissions.

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