Marking the product's carbon footprint

  • Food and beverage products
  • Ordering solution


Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Contract Terms

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to display the carbon footprint of various food products in the ordering solution, so that those who issue call-off orders can see the environmental impact of the products in the agreed product range.

Requirement Specification: 

The ordering system shall contain a mark for the number of  CO2 equivalents per kilogramme of the produced product (CO2/kg) for the products where such information is available.  Such marking shall be clearly displayed in the ordering solution that is used, whether it is the supplier's ordering portal or the contracting authority's electronic trading platform. The contractual condition shall be documented as fulfilled no later than three months after start-up.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

Within three months of start-up, the ordering solution that is used must include an option to mark the products in the agreed product range with their carbon footprint (CO2/kg). The relevant products shall be marked on an ongoing basis.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

This contractual condition is relevant to contracting authorities who need such information to know whether they are achieving their strategic climate goals.

It may be challenging for certain suppliers to document and disclose the carbon footprint of their products. This means that the contracting authority should conduct a market survey and supplier dialogue in advance where it is assessed in particular whether the condition is proportional. Such dialogue may also identify whether there are certain products for which it is very difficult to map the carbon footprint. However, it is assumed that such information will become more available in the future and that such a contractual condition can help bring about such information for more products.

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Published: 18. Mar 2019, Last modified: 31. May 2019