Carbon Emissions in FMCG – Thematic Research

This thematic research report takes an in-depth look at carbon emissions in the FMCG space and it also touches the retail, foodservice and packaging sectors, and it presents related consumer, macroeconomic, and regulatory trends. An industry analysis is also present, highlighting the ways companies can tackle their carbon emissions, key use cases, the Covid-19 impact, and the mergers and acquisitions for this theme.


Companies from FMCG, retail, packaging and foodservice sectors are under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. They need to follow various carbon reduction regulations and participate in carbon trading schemes.

Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable of the detrimental effects of excessive carbon dioxide emissions on the environment. This makes them to have a more active interest in sustainability issues, and make them change their consumption behaviour.

In order to ease consumers’ anxiety regarding carbon emissions coming from using certain products, companies can try to offer carbon footprint labeling, use sustainable materials or ingredients when creating the products, or work with various partners that are certified and have sustainable ways of either manufacturing, producing, or distributing products.

Global warming remains an important issue even during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, sustainability remains an important topic among consumers during the pandemic, and they are still interested in the brands’ sustainability initiatives during the coronavirus pandemic period.

Reasons to buy

Understand the impact of the carbon emissions on various FMCG industries, including food, drinks, and beauty and grooming, using key trends and examples to help companies understand how they can adapt and understand this theme.

Discover ways companies can tackle and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions, and ease consumers’ anxiety regarding the theme.

GlobalData’s thematic research ecosystem is a single, integrated global research platform that provides an easy-to-use framework for tracking all themes across all companies in all sectors. It has a proven track record of identifying the important themes early, enabling companies to make the right investments ahead of the competition, and secure that all-important competitive advantage.

Companies mentioned

Coca-Cola, Quorn, PepsiCo, Walkers, Carlsberg, Oatly, Unilever, Heineken, Hello Fresh, L’Oréal, Starbucks, Morrisons, Tesco

Table of Contents

Thematic briefing


Industry analysis

Value chain



Further reading

Appendix: Our thematic research methodology


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