Forests can capture CO2 and help protect biodiversity. Deforestation is responsible for an estimated 20% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, when 50% of CO2 emissions are absorbed by natural resources. Let's hear it for the forests!
This is why Carrefour has committed to tackle deforestation by responsibly sourcing its supplies of wood/paper, palm oil, beef and soya
- Carrefour's aim is to only be using RSPO sustainable palm oil in its products by 2015. For each product, a substitution study is carried out beforehand: it must provide a means of improving the product's nutritional qualities without affecting its organoleptic qualities. Otherwise, palm oil continues to be used, but must be supplied by an RSPO-certified supply line.
- Soya is one of the most traded agricultural products in the world: soybeans, rich in protein, have become essential to livestock farming, while soybean oil is the second most widely consumed. The production of soya is a key contributor to deforestation, particularly in the Amazon. Carrefour has been supporting the soybean moratorium since it was introduced in Brazil in 2006 – a measure designed to regulate the conditions under which land can be used for the farming economy.
- Converting farmland for cattle rearing is the main cause of deforestation in Amazonia. A partnership with the NGO Rainforest Alliance means that Carrefour Brazil is the first retailer to sell Rainforest Alliance-certified beef in the country.
- Using wood sensibly: Labels have been developed which help promote sustainable forest management. These labels – FSC and PEFC – give guarantees that the fibres used in the paper have been recycled and / or come from sustainably managed forests, and have been made using methods that have a minimal impact on the environment.Carrefour offers a range of products made of wood or certified paper. These include FSC-certified outdoor furniture, garden tools, coffee filters and brushes.
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