Japan to Use Carbon Labels for Consumer Products

Japan to Use Carbon Labels for Consumer Products

Japan will reportedly introduce carbon footprint labels for certain consumer products ranging from laundry detergent to beverages.

The project will be launched during the next fiscal year, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. It is unclear how many products will display the labels.

"We hope that displaying carbon footprints will raise awareness among consumers as well as companies of their emissions and motivate them to emit less C02," said Shintaro Ishihara, a trade ministry official.

United Kingdom retailer Tesco began slapping cabon labels on products like orange juice and potatoes earlier this year. The state of California raised eyebrows when it announced it would slap carbon labels on vehicles. France, and the greater European Union, did so years earlier.

Several companies, including Sapporo, have committed to displaying carbon labels on products. In late 2007, 20 companies joined Carbon Trust to show the carbon footprint of their products, including Coors Brewing Ltd., Coca-Cola, Cadbury Schweppes, Kimberly-Clark and Danone Waters UK Ltd., among others.