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Environmental Assessment and Management in the Food Industry by F Ziegler, J Berlin, U Sonesson

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Carbon footprinting and carbon labelling of food products

K. Plassmann and G. Edwards-Jones,     Bangor University, UK

Abstract:

Carbon footprints estimate the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the production, processing and retailing of consumer goods. The aim is to identify major sources of emissions in supply chains to inform relevant stakeholders so that actions can be taken to reduce emissions. Carbon footprints can also be communicated to consumers via carbon labels. This chapter first describes the principles of carbon footprinting and labelling, and presents some examples of carbon footprints of food products. It then discusses problems in calculating carbon footprints and finally speculates on future developments ...

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