Carbon Triage: A Strategy for Developing a Viable Carbon Labeling System

Handbook on Research in Sustainable Consumption, Forthcoming

37 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2013

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Sharon Shewmake

Western Washington University - Economics

Mark A. Cohen

Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics; Vanderbilt University - Law School; Resources for the Future

Paul C. Stern

The National Academies - National Research Council (NRC)

Michael P. Vandenbergh

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Date Written: November 1, 2013

Abstract

Carbon labeling has been proposed as a way to fill gaps in governmental efforts to reduce the impact of human activity on global climate. Carbon labels can provide information that allows producers and consumers to develop and choose lower-impact products, but they have not become widespread in part because of difficulties developing valid and reliable labels for the universe of products. This chapter suggests a triage approach in which labeling begins with products that meet four criteria: magnitude of footprint, feasibility of assessment, and producer and consumer responsiveness. It presents an example of carbon labeling triage in the food industry and discusses three implementation issues: governance of the labeling system, geographic considerations, and the content of carbon labels.

Suggested Citation

Shewmake, Sharon and Cohen, Mark A. and Stern, Paul C. and Vandenbergh, Michael P., Carbon Triage: A Strategy for Developing a Viable Carbon Labeling System (November 1, 2013). Handbook on Research in Sustainable Consumption, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2353919 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2353919

Sharon Shewmake (Contact Author)

Western Washington University - Economics ( email )

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Mark A. Cohen

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Paul C. Stern

The National Academies - National Research Council (NRC)

United States

Michael P. Vandenbergh

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

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Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States

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