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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
June 2008 to December 2008
Project ID
Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Industry, Europe