Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2008
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements
Policy Target:Transport>Freight, Buildings>Non-Residential, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Agency:Federation of Retail and Distribution Enterprises
Description:On 29 January 2008, the French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Planning signed a five-year agreement with the Federation of Retail and Distribution Enterprises, representing 26 500 outlets nationwide. The agreement commits the retail sector to establish packaging waste and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Retailers agreed to undertake detailed analysis of the CO2 emissions of all their activities, to better assess emissions from merchandise transportation and in-store activities. They also pledged to improve energy efficiency in stores, by switching to low-energy lighting and upgrading refrigeration and freezer systems. They also committed to acquiring at least 20% of their overall energy use from renewable energy sources by 2020. Efforts to educate consumers about the environmental impact of products are also included in the agreement. Retailers will double the number of products bearing EU certified eco-labels over the next three years. Retailers are to design and implement, over 2008 to 2009, a new sustainable commerce communication plan. The first phase of the project involves evaluating and presenting the overall impacts of 300 high volume products. The French energy agency, ADEME, issued preliminary guidelines for environmental labelling of products in July 2008, to be completed by the end of the year. Two large retailers have already launched carbon labels. Retailer E Leclerc began printing the CO2 equivalent in kg of products purchased on receipts in two of its outlets in the spring of 2008. The system is being further refined, with the participation of ADEME. Since 2006, the retailer Casino has been developing a carbon labelling system with the technical support of ADEME. In June 2008 Casino presented a labelling system including the weight in kg of CO2 emissions equivalent of the product, as well as its environmental impact and recyclability. It aims to label approximately 100 of its store brand products by the end of the year.

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