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New Standard Shows Carbon Footprint of Seafood

23 July 2013

NORWAY - A new standard to show climate change impacts, can strengthen the market position of the Norwegian seafood industry.

Environmentally conscious consumers can now safely put seafood on the dinner table as a new standard has been launched to calculate and show the climatic impacts of seafood production.

"I am pleased that the Norwegian seafood industry is a common standard for measuring the carbon footprint of seafood. Norway supplies 36 million seafood meals every day for quality and climate-conscious consumers. The fact that we have a common template to calculate the carbon footprint is positive for both industry and consumers," says Secretary of State Hugo Bjørnstad.

The Norwegian Fisheries and Coastal Affairs department was behind the standard's creation, while the Norwegian Seafood Council and Leroy Seafood Group helped to develop it.

More and more consumers and retailers are asking for the climate impacts of various food products.

To determine the climate impacts of a product, the standard takes into account all stages of production for fisheries and aquaculture. Everything from fuel, waste management and cooling to the production of fish and transport to retailers are included in the overall climate slot. In this way it will also be possible for manufacturers to work more purposefully more environmentally friendly production.

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