Foundation Earth has sent an open letter inviting food environmental labelling schemes to come together to discuss how a harmonised approach can be achieved. This follows efforts to set standards for the environmental assessment of food and drink products, laid out in a joint letter to the European Commission and UK Government this week.

Environmental labelling of food and drink is essential in helping consumers make more informed choices, as well as producers who are given the information they need to innovate in a more sustainable way. But proliferation and disparities between existing methods and labels risks leading to more confusion among consumers and industry players.

To address this challenge, Foundation Earth has convened labels including Eco-Score, Planet-score and IGD to a summit in Autumn 2022 in Brussels. The event will be hosted by EIT Food (European Union’s food innovation initiative) and will explore how the different initiatives can collaborate to deliver an optimum labelling scheme better and faster – and avoiding unnecessary proliferation.

“Much has already been done to drive the agenda for environmental labelling of food products, but collaboration is key to driving transformative impact. Together we stand close to delivering real and substantial change for the better that will build a more sustainable food and drink industry and help tackle the climate crisis,” says Cliona Howie, CEO of Foundation Earth.