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China Airlines commences carbon and calorie labeling

TAIPEI--Taiwan's largest carrier, China Airlines, said yesterday in a press release that it has become the world's first airline to label its food with both carbon footprint and calorie information.

According to the press release, the airline is so far using the labeling drive on its Frankfurt-bound flights from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Among the dishes the airline has labeled with carbon footprint and calorie information are beef noodles and chicken sausages with eggs and hash browns.

The airline picked the Frankfurt flights for the labeling drive as the planes on the route are currently being used for a climate-monitoring project known as the Pacific Greenhouse Gases Measurement (PGGM), it said.

Under the project, which began in June, the planes collect data on carbon monoxide, ozone and other gases in the upper atmosphere for use by institutes around the world for research on climate change and global warming.

The airline said it will expand its labeling drive to other flights.

Other eco-friendly efforts by the airline include shifting from paper to electronic versions of menus and providing lightweight dishware in its economy class, as well as offering bottled water that uses less plastic for the bottle manufacturing, the airline said.

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