Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2009
Policy Type:Information and Education>Information provision, Information and Education>Performance Label>Endorsement label
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy, Appliances
Agency:Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Description:With the aim of contributing to the establishment of a low-carbon society, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched the Carbon Footprint Pilot Program as a commissioned programme in 2009, in cooperation with related ministries. Under this commissioned program, companies wishing to apply a Carbon Footprint Label on their products must submit an application, which is examined to verify the carbon footprint calculation results and labeling method submitted. Following, the applicant is then authorized to market products carrying the Carbon Footprint Label. The carbon footprint of products (CFP) is calculated as the quantity of CO2-equivalent emissions of greenhouse gases from the products entire life cycle, from raw material acquisition to disposal and recycling, and is displayed on the product in an easy-to-understand manner. Following an application by a company wishing to be authorized to carry the Carbon Footprint Label on its products, the first case under the pilot program was examined. The carbon footprint calculation results and labeling method for non-glutinous rice (japonica rice), rape oil, and powdered laundry detergent were verified and determined to be appropriate. As a result, the applicant has been permitted to market products labeled with the Carbon Footprint Label pursuant to the verified carbon footprint calculation results and labeling method.

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