Environmental impact of grocery products

A review of evidence on resource use and environmental impacts across grocery sector products in the UK.  

March 2013

The Product Sustainability Forum was established to bring together stakeholders with an interest in quantifying, reducing and communicating the lifecycle environmental impacts of products. The forum has been working alongside similar product sustainability initiatives around the world to achieve this goal.

The report presents a series of analyses with the common purpose of establishing which grocery products are likely to contribute most to the environmental impacts associated with UK household consumption. This will enable industry, Governments and others to prioritise their efforts on those products with the most potential for improvement.

The analysis includes consideration of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, embedded energy, water and materials use and waste associated with these products.