Businesses have been urged to accelerate their environmental footprinting strategies to include emerging economies, after new research by the Carbon Trust revealed young people in could hold the key to unlocking mass demand for greener products.
The survey of 2,800 young people across six countries carried out by TNS found 83 per cent of 18-25 year-olds in China would be more loyal to a brand if they could see it was reducing its carbon footprint. In contrast, just 57 per cent of US respondents and 55 per cent of young people in the UK made the same claim.
Globally, 78 per cent of young people said they want their favourite brands to reduce their carbon footprint.
South Africa came in second place with 86 per cent of respondents calling on blue chips to reduce their impact, followed by Brazi at 84 per cent. Again the US and UK lagged far behind with only two thirds of respondents demanding more action from big brands.
"If global brands don't build international carbon reduction strategies even faster, they risk missing out on the spending power of emerging economies."
The research also revealed that Brazilian young people showed the greatest demand for companies to be transparent about their action on carbon, with 81 per cent demanding that brands to provide proof they are reducing their carbon footprint.
British young people showed a high awareness of the term "carbon footprint", but only half claimed to be concerned about climate change.