Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Choose less contaminating products thanks to eco-labelling

Date:
February 17, 2011
Source:
Plataforma SINC
Summary:
Ensuring the sustainability of the products we use is a fundamental challenge for society, and is becoming ever more important for consumers and companies. A researcher in Spain has come up with an eco-labelling system that provides environmental information, showing the carbon footprints generated by the goods and services in question during their "life cycle".

Ensuring the sustainability of the products we use is a fundamental challenge for society, and is becoming ever more important for consumers and companies. A researcher from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) has come up with an eco-labelling system that provides environmental information, showing the carbon footprints generated by the goods and services in question during their "life cycle."

"This study provides an alternative means of efficiently communicating environmental information to companies, consumers and interested parties -- the eco-label. This is a consolidated tool for informing society about the environmental burden of the goods we use, making it possible to differentiate between the products of different companies and organisations and, in future, to choose products that are less contaminating," says Aldolfo Carballo Penela, a researcher at the USC and author of the study published in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.

The research is based on a system known as the "method composed of financial accounts (MC3)," which was initially designed by J.L. Domιnech, a biologist at the Department of the Environment in the Port of Gijσn, in order to estimate the ecological and carbon footprints of organisations. Carballo has adapted this method to evaluate the environmental footprints of goods and services through all the phases that products pass through before reaching the final consumer.

"It is of fundamental importance to provide the consumer with environmental information, by including information on a product's carbon footprint, related to the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases during its production. These eco-labels on the product will make it possible to raise awareness, inform people about production methods, and to allow companies and organisations to carry out efficient environmental management," the expert explains.

In order to test his method, he used a can of Galicia mussels, produced by a specific brand, and analysed the parallel contamination involved in each of its "life cycle" phases.

"I did this to test the system using a practical example, and the result is that each metric ton of this product generates 10.7 metric tons of CO2," Carballo points out.

Eco-labels on all products

The research provides this numerical indicator. Then, the aim would be to transform these greenhouse gas emissions into the eco-label. "It would be useful to apply this eco-labelling system to as many goods as possible, to make it visible on all products, and for all consumers to become familiarised with this kind of information," the researcher adds.

"It is of key importance to achieve a productive development model that can be sustainable over the long term. This is one of the challenges that humanity must tackle. Preserving the environment in a condition in which it can continue providing environmental resources and services for future generations must be one of the pillars upon which sustainable development is built, and the contribution that companies and organisations make to this process will be of fundamental importance," stresses Carballo.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Plataforma SINC. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Adolfo Carballo-Penela, Juan Luis Domιnech. Managing the carbon footprint of products: the contribution of the method composed of financial statements (MC3). The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 2010; 15 (9): 962 DOI: 10.1007/s11367-010-0230-1

Cite This Page:

Plataforma SINC. "Choose less contaminating products thanks to eco-labelling." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 February 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217083030.htm>.
Plataforma SINC. (2011, February 17). Choose less contaminating products thanks to eco-labelling. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217083030.htm
Plataforma SINC. "Choose less contaminating products thanks to eco-labelling." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217083030.htm (accessed October 20, 2014).

Share This



More Earth & Climate News

Monday, October 20, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Raw: Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo Heads to Bermuda

Raw: Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo Heads to Bermuda

AP (Oct. 17, 2014) — Hurricane Gonzalo pounded Bermuda with wind and heavy surf on Friday, bearing down on the tiny British territory as a powerful Category 3 storm that could raise coastal seas as much as 10 feet. (Oct. 17) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
So, Kangaroos Didn't Always Hop

So, Kangaroos Didn't Always Hop

Newsy (Oct. 16, 2014) — Researchers believe an extinct kangaroo species weighed 500 pounds or more and couldn't hop. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Hurricane Gonzalo Is A Category 4 And Heading To Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo Is A Category 4 And Heading To Bermuda

Newsy (Oct. 16, 2014) — Powerful hurricane could hit Bermuda this weekend, and even if it misses it will likely do some damage. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
The Largest Volcano In Centuries Is Spewing Toxic Gas

The Largest Volcano In Centuries Is Spewing Toxic Gas

Newsy (Oct. 16, 2014) — One of the largest volcanic eruptions in centuries is occurring on Iceland. The volcano Bardarbunga is producing high levels of sulfur dioxide. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Plants & Animals

Earth & Climate

Fossils & Ruins

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins