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18 Mar 2008 01:03:45

Carbon labelling 'promotes awareness'

Carbon labelling 'promotes awareness'
A system of carbon labelling on travel tickets for airline and train journeys could help consumers make more informed decisions with regard to green travel, Carbon Footprint has claimed.

Simon Stokes, a business development consultant at the advisory service, claimed that a carbon labelling scheme demonstrating the impact of travel on the environment could be used in the same way that food labelling indicates the health impacts of different products on the body.

"It is important to remember that carbon labelling goes further than just educating consumers - it puts real pressure on the corporate bodies responsible in all stages of the supply chain to reduce emissions," he claimed.

Earlier this month, figures from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers indicated the difference in carbon emissions released by different journeys on a trip from London to Paris.

The 291-mile journey by rail will emit around 22kg of carbon dioxide per passenger, while the same trip by air emits around 244kg of carbon emissions. Meanwhile, travelling by car would result in around 58kg of carbon dioxide released per passenger.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18514303-ADNFCR

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