Food labelling supports climate impact decision-making
Food production, packaging, transport, as well as food
waste have a huge environmental impact – in particular
with the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. With nearly 30% of the Brussels population’s ecological footprint linked to food, the city started a pilot project in July 2008 to raise awareness on this issue and encourage emissions reduction through behaviour change. Emissions of selected food products sold by local producers were calculated and a labelling system was developed by the National Association of Farmers (L’association nationale de producteurs fermiers asbl [anpf]). Following the roll-out of this system, consumer reactions to the labelling were evaluated. The majority of the consumers responded positively to a food labelling system and the project demonstrated that extensive CO2
reductions could be obtained during both the production and consumption phases.
- Implement Action
- Capacity development
- Business / service
- Climate mitigation
- Fair trade
- Life-cycle costing
- Sustainable consumption & production
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