歐洲零售業者履行承諾，推廣環境永續消費模式，使得歐洲的消費者可在貨架上找到愈來愈多的綠色商品。22日發表的一份監測成果顯示，歐盟零售商論壇(European Retail Forum)的成員已達成多項2009年制定的自願性目標。
「這份報告顯示出，零售商愈來愈嚴肅看待他們對於環境的責任。」歐盟環境執委波托奇尼克(Janez Potocnik) 於22日說道：「零售商有特殊的地位，它會影響消費者的選擇，而我樂於見到更多的綠色商品出現在貨架上。」
Shoppers in Europe are finding more green products on the shelves as European retailers take action on their promises to promote environmentally sustainable consumption patterns. A monitoring report out today shows members of the European Retail Forum are hitting many of the voluntary targets they set last year.
Since the Retail Forum was launched in March 2009 as a joint initiative of the European Commission and the retail sector, retailers have focused on improving energy efficiency and increasing sales of greener products.
Retailers also set goals for reducing packaging and waste, conserving water, optimizing low carbon emission transport, and reducing energy consumption of stores by improved lighting and freezing.
Retailers made 285 environmental commitments in three categories - What we sell, How we sell, and Communication - and established a database to organize them.
"This report shows that retailers are increasingly serious about their responsibilities towards the environment," Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said today.
"Retailers are in a unique position to influence customers' choices and I am pleased to see there are more green products on the shelves."
As well as putting more sustainable products on supermarket shelves, retailers have also made progress in reducing their environmental footprint, paying particular attention to resource efficiency measures.
Potocnik praised retailers for their efforts to become more resource efficient and reduce their environmental impact, but he said much more remains to be done.
Communicating with consumers on sustainability issues also needs improvement, and the report recommends setting up an award scheme to reward best practices.
Monitoring of the first series of commitments for 2009 has revealed many examples of good practice, the report finds. Visits made to stores in member states across the EU showed that retailers are offering more ecolabeled and organic products.
The supermarket chain Carrefour has increased the number of its own brand organic products by 83 percent compared to 2006. "As the world's second largest retailer, the Carrefour Group is committed to democratize and promote sustainable consumption. The Group is thus developing own brand and banner brand products affordable to every budget and which integrate environmental criteria," the company says in a statement on its website.
Mercadona, the largest supermarket operator in Spain, has achieved a 100 percent recovery rate for packaging waste in stores and distribution centers, investigators found.
The retailers achieved several of their targets for 2009, the report shows.
‧They stopped selling incandescent light bulbs equal to and above 75 watts.
‧They achieved a 100 percent share of private brand sustainable/recycled household and sanitary paper products.
‧They increased the amount of polyester fleeces made from recycled plastic.