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9th September 2010

News on Palm Oil Production

Palm Oil in the News


24th March 2010

Hand dryer awarded for reducing carbon emissions

The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer is the first hand dryer to be awarded the Carbon Reduction Label from the Carbon Trust. To secure the Carbon Reduction Label, the machine's total carbon footprint – the amount of carbon emissions (CO2 and other greenhouse gases) produced from its materials and manufacture, transport, in-use and end of life - were measured and certified by the Carbon Trust.



6 February 2010

Imports Keep UK emissions LOW. Time for carbon labelling?

The UK government reported a 4.6% drop in emissions in in the UK between 1992 and 2004, Infact they rose by 13.5%.

This is due to the fact that UK manufacturing is in decline, resulting in low "home grown" emissions. We now import our goods from India / China etc . . . . so we merely "shift" our emissions Overseas.

Based on findings from "Environmental Science and Technology (DOI: 10.1021/es902662h)"

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22 September 2009

Quaker becomes the first cereal brand to make reduction commitment through Carbon Reduction Label

Quaker Oats Carbon Label Carbon Trust Product In September 2009, the Carbon Trust Carbon Reduction Label will begin to appear on packs of Quaker Oats, and Oatso Simple, making Quaker, part of PepsiCo, the first cereal brand to carry the on-pack carbon reduction commitment.



31 August 2009

Defra proposes green food labelling scheme

The Government is undertaking a radical rethink of the food industry on issues of security and sustainability, among many things proposing a green labelling scheme for food products.

A green labelling system is being mooted which would see the display of health and environmental credentials of food on their products.

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12 August 2009

Green labelling could overwhelm shoppers with data

A proposal to introduce labelling on food products outlining their green credentials has met with mixed reactions from the food industry, with some concerned that it could lead to “information overload” for consumers.


16 Jul 2009

Wal-Mart announces 'green' labelling plans

The world's biggest retailer has announced plans to label all its products with a "green rating" showing their cost to the environment.

Wal-Mart, the American retail giant which owns Asda, said it will ask all 100,000 of its suppliers to provide detailed information about their water use, air pollution, packaging and any other factors that affect their carbon footprint.



22nd May 2009

Energy Consultants Angered by Carbon Trust

An article from May's Edition of The Ends Report Outlines the frustration of Energy consultants at what they see as unfair competition from the Carbon Trust.



24th April 2009

Tesco takes Nurture to consumers

Nurture allows us to follow the seasons and work with growers and suppliers to ensure consistent quality,”


8th April 2009

Carbon Trust's fees may sour Green Labelling movement.

Certification fees of £10 000 pounds may smash small and medium sized businesses hopes of using the "footprint" label.



7th April 2009

Tesco Increase Carbon Footprint Range

"We have now labelled 100 products (light bulbs, orange juice, washing detergents and potatoes) with the carbon footprint label, up from 20 when we started in April 2008.



23 March 2009

Call for clearer green labelling

The government must do more to ensure environmental labels on products are not misleading, MPs have said.

The all-party Environmental Audit Committee said there was a growing problem of firms making meaningless claims, known as "greenwash".

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Raisio sees sunny future for green labelling

Related topics: Industry Finnish ingredients supplier and Benecol brand owner, Raisio, has diversified its green labelling scheme to incorporate its Elovena snack drink, Sunny.

The product will now come with its carbon dioxide emissions printed on-pack and follows in the carbon footsteps of Elovena oat flakes that became the first Finnish foods to be carbon labelled in April, 2008.



French retailer in green labelling initiative

French retailer, Casino, has launched a carbon labelling initiative on a selection of its private label products.

The labelling scheme, according to Casino, uses a colour code denoting the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the manufacturer of a product's packaging, the amount of packaging to be recycled, and the amount of CO2 emitted in transporting the product in terms of truck kilometres



21 May 2008

Tesco defends carbon label scheme

As critics accuse carbon labels of confusing customers, supermarket giant insists initiative has proved "encouraging" and cheaper than expected.


29th April 2008

Tesco Puts Carbon Trust Carbon Reduction Label on 20 Products in Tesco Stores


Tesco today unveiled a range of 20 products which will carry the Carbon Trust's Carbon Reduction Label. These will be across four different categories - orange juice, washing detergent, light bulbs and potatoes - enabling shoppers to compare the carbon impact of like-for-like products for the first time.



19 Apr 2008

Eco-label will create green standard for food, says Miliband

An eco-label for food that shows the amount of greenhouse gases involved in growing and transporting it is being considered by the Government, David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, will announce today.

The idea is to standardise green labelling schemes which have been promised so far by Tesco, Asda and Marks and Spencer, and give the consumer the confidence to choose food which is genuinely environmentally friendly, Mr Miliband will tell the National Farmers' Union's conference in Birmingham.


13 Jan 2008

Stuck on you

Organic or fairtrade? Sustainable or certified? With so many labels on food, clothes and white goods, it's a miracle that we make it to the checkout before closing time. So just how useful are ethical labels to the average shopper - and which ones live up to their eco credentials? Lucy Siegle investigates


26 November 2008

UK: Green labelling scheme targets clothing firms

A new eco-labelling scheme is targeting leading retailers and textile manufacturers with the promise it can, for the first time, certify that their products and every component in them is free from harmful chemicals and has been made in factories which respect the environment and the rights of workers.



19 September 2007

What's the carbon footprint of a potato?


Walkers Crisps is the first firm to put carbon footprint figures on its products, with nine more companies set to follow. How are these figures calculated?


September 12, 2007

Tesco's £25m for 'green' research

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco is setting up a £25m `green' research centre in Manchester.

The store today announced plans to create the centre at Manchester University which will focus on making shopping less damaging to the environment.

The Sustainable Consumption Institute will look at ways of encouraging shoppers to buy more green products and also look at new technologies which could cut down on harmful emissions and landfill. But critics claimed the supermarket chain - the world's fifth largest retailer - was simply trying to buy green credentials and could make a greater difference to the environment by selling fewer damaging products in its 1,800 stores



June 2007

Digging for Tesco’s green label credentials

Supermarket chain Tesco has issued a challenge to experts in Oxford: gather the information for a workable carbon-labelling scheme that will help save the planet


March 2007

Green Labels as Driver of Consumption and Loyalty Programs

There are several strategic motivations for a company like Tesco to be a first mover on green labels.  First, there are societal benefits: manufacturers will likely feel pressure to reduce their product’s carbon footprint or risk losing market share to those who do.  Second, such a move creates positive buzz for the company and bolsters its brand image and green credentials.


Mar 27, 2007

Green labels may transform food consumption: Tesco

LONDON (Reuters) - Green labeling of food to show the impact of its production on the environment could lead to major changes in consumption, Lucy Neville-Rolfe of British retailer Tesco said on Tuesday.




DEFRA pledges to develop a green labelling system for food


The government has pledged to work with the food and farming industry to develop a system of “green” environmental labelling for food.


18 January 2007

Tesco boss unveils green pledges

Supermarket giant Tesco has unveiled wide ranging plans to cut carbon emissions and encourage its customers to buy green.



19 January 2007

You've checked the price and calorie count, now here's the carbon cost

Supermarket chain Tesco pledged last night to revolutionise its business to become "a leader in helping to create a low-carbon economy" with a raft of new measures to help combat climate change.

In the most significant step announced yesterday, the UK's biggest retailer, which produces 2m tonnes of carbon a year in the UK, said it would put new labels on every one of the 70,000 products it sells so that shoppers can compare carbon costs in the same way they can compare salt content and calorie counts


July 2006

Tesco’s green claims

(Friends of the Earth right up on Tesco AGM)

The big supermarkets seem to be competing with each other to be seen as green and socially responsible companies. Market leader Tesco is leading this PR battle. Tesco in the Community, launched in May this year, was supposed to signal a greener approach to business by the supermarket giant. But analysis of the commitments made by Tesco reveals that the supermarket is more interested in greenwash than genuinely reducing its impact on communities and the environment.