Doubts raised over EU carbon label plan

Environment directorate official says more work needed into calculating climate impact of food products

The prospect of an EU-wide carbon labelling scheme seems to be receding after a senior European commission official told food industry delegates at a conference in Brussels last week that it may not be the best way to communicate product impact to consumers.

"I'm not sure if a carbon label is the immediate solution," said Herbert Aichinger of the environment directorate's sustainable production and consumption unit.  "We need to look into [its] reliability".

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