.Within the next two years we could start seeing new ecolabelling on the food and drink products we purchase. Some large brands are already doing this by adding the carbon amount next to the calorie count.
This new labelling should help the general public to make more sustainable decisions when they shop, as they will be able to see which products have a lower carbon count. The Carbon Trust, in 2020, recorded that two thirds of shoppers in Europe wanted companies to include ecolabelling on their products as they believed this was a good idea.
The Carbon Trust recorded that
two thirds of shoppers wanted companies
to include ecolabelling on their products.
This recommendation is part of the Net Zero Review, chaired by Chris Skidmore, who believes the policy will help the UK get to net zero through its ‘pro-growth, pro-business’ approach. Recommendations for ecolabelling don’t just fall into the food and drinks category as the review states that standardised ecolabelling should be on as many products in as many product categories as possible by 2025.
The review also states that without these types of intervention, that will make the general public change their shopping habits to more sustainable choices, emissions in the UK have the potential to rise 30% by 2030. Which will hinder the UK’s plans to reach net zero by 2050.
There are already restaurants, events, attractions and organisations that are opting for products that have ecolabelling. For example, British broadcaster and telecommunications company, Sky have already introduced ecolabelling in its cafes and restaurants at 15 sites across the UK.