Consumers have not yet discovered environmental declarations and product category rules (PCR), yet companies are driving the development behind the scenes. This claim can be read in the most recent issue of The Economist and an article on carbon footprints.
Product category rules are needed to be able to compare the environmental and climate impact on similar products. These have to be harmonized across countries especially since the number of systems is on the increase. The solution, according to the article, is the international standard, ISO 14 067, which currently is being developed and launched next year.
Consultancy firm Ernst & Young is commissioned by the European Commission to compare the different systems for climate labeling that now exist in Europe. So far it has been discovered that not all systems are third party certified, nor factoring in the impact of the user phase. The article describes why the user phase, which can have a profound impact, need to be counted.
Sweden is briefly mentioned in the article, thanks to the launch of a climate marking scheme which will help consumers in choosing climate friendly products.