ECLAC to Hold Seminar on the Contribution of Consumer Goods to Global Warming
International experts will exchange experiences on the "carbon footprint" left by certain goods.
(17 June 2009) Experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, England, France and Mexico will meet 18-19 June at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile to exchange experiences about the effects of certain massive consumer goods on global warming.
The experts will discuss "carbon labeling", a new concept adopted in England, France and Sweden, which consists of labeling products with their contribution to total greenhouse gas emissions expressed in CO2 , responsible for global warming.
Some supermarket chains in Europe have announced the creation of labels that inform consumers about the "carbon footprint" of the products they sell. That is the case of Tesco, the largest supermarket chain in England, and the Casino Group, in France.
There will be four discussion panels, organized by topic:
The situation in Europe: regulatory frameworks and the development of methodologies
Perspectives of some Latin American countries
Measuring the carbon footprint in the private sector
The carbon footprint as viewed by the private sector: Opportunity or threat?