Market shares for green products growing – yet CO2 emissions in consumer sector remain unchanged
Sales of green products in 2015 in the consumer sectors of homes and living, mobility and food grew by seven per cent over the previous year. Yet CO2 emissions in these sectors remain at virtually the same level. According to the Grüne Produkte in Deutschland 2017 – Marktbeobachtungen für die Umweltpolitik [Green Products in Germany 2017 - Market observations for environmental policy] study by the German Environment Agency (UBA), CO2 emissions in the consumer sector have decreased by a mere one percent, that is from 7.9 tonnes per capita and year in 2005, to 7.8 tonnes in 2014. "The calculations are correct but the market for sales of environmentally friendly products is growing too slowly. This is mainly because the prices for products do not reflect the real costs to the environment. Our consumption causes considerable environmental pollution and environmental costs therefore should be factored in," said UBA's President Maria Krautzberger.