Skip header navigation to main content. NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
NREL Publications

Return to Search

Return to Document List

Document Summary

Title: Made with Renewable Energy: How and Why Companies are Labeling Consumer Products.
Author: Baker Brannan, D.; Heeter, J.; Bird, L.
Pages/Volumes: 37 pp.
Publication Year: 2012
Document Type: Research Report
NTIS/GPO Number: 1037936
Subject Code Description: Energy Analysis
Abstract: Green marketing--a marketing strategy highlighting the environmental attributes of a product, often through the use of labels or logos--dates back to the 1970s. It did not proliferate until the 1990s, however, when extensive market research identified a rapidly growing group of consumers with a heightened concern for the environment. This group expressed not only a preference for green products but also a willingness to pay a premium for such products. The response was a surge in green marketing that lasted through the early 1990s. This report discusses the experience of companies that communicate to consumers that their products are 'made with renewable energy.' For this report, representatives from 20 companies were interviewed and asked to discuss their experiences marketing products produced using renewable energy. The first half of this report provides an overview of the type of companies that have labeled products or advertised them as being made with renewable energy. It also highlights the avenues companies use to describe their use of renewable energy. The second half of the report focuses on the motivations for making on-product claims about the use of renewable energy and the challenges in doing so.
Accession Number: 53764
Library Notes: NPL-1203 REV
Report Numbers: TP-6A20-53764

1.5 MB

PDF: This document is available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF. Download Acrobat Reader.