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Towards a Greener Retail Sector

Towards a Greener Retail Sector

This study is a survey of current practice and possible development of measures in the field of sustainable development regarding large retailers. The study also develops a methodology to measure sustainable development in the field of large retailers.

The objective of the study is two-fold:

  1. to desribe and assess the current environemntal performance of large retailers and
  2. to develop a methodology for measuring their performance over time.

The scope of the study is the retail sector in Europe, and their practices with regards to four areas:

  1. Promoting the purchase of green products;
  2. Encouraging measures to effectively green supply chains;
  3. Improving retailers' own environmental performance; and
  4. Better informing consumers. 

The outcome of the project will be:

  1. Identification of retailers' green initiatives;
  2. Assessment of retailers' green practices;
  3. Development of a measurement methodology.

European Commission, Directorate-General Environment (DG Environment)
VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Netherlands
BIO Intelligence Service (BIO IS), France
June 2008 to December 2008
Project ID
Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Industry, Europe