Page 1: Introduction


  • This survey aims to collate information on those involved in the sweetener or sweetness enhancer (S&SE) supply chain and who are interested in supporting research regarding the sustainability of S&SE used in food and drink when replacing sucrose.
  • As such, this survey aims to better understand the supply chain of S&SE (including those artificially and naturally derived) and their sustainability. The survey will explore the environmental, social and economic aspects of the sweetener supply chain and is intended to identify the area(s) of most concern which could be followed up later via more in-depth interviews.
  • You have been invited to take this survey as you are considered to be an expert/key stakeholder in this field.
  • The survey will help inform a life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) of sweeteners.
  • An infographic on the nature of LCSA can be found at the SWEET Project website (link is to PDF).
  • Knowledge of the entire sweetener supply chain is not necessary for you to take part. You only need address the parts which you are comfortable commenting on.
  • We are committed to understanding the potential benefits for sustainability of using sweeteners instead of sugar in food and drink, and your help is vital for understanding the breadth of issues that need to be assessed.

Ethics declaration:

  • The survey is part of a collaboration within the SWEET Project; a project funded through the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme (grant number 774293). The survey is conducted by Dr James Suckling, working at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
  • More information on the SWEET project can be found at the project website: SWEET Project.
  • Participation in the survey is voluntary, and there are no risks or hazards in taking part in this study. All data are confidential and anonymised, stored on a secure server which will only be accessible to the team. The data will be stored for no more than 10 years and used exclusively for the purposes described above.
  • The time taken to complete the questionnaire will vary depending on detail provided in the responses, but it is anticipated to take no more than 15 minutes.  
  • You can withdraw at any time by closing your browser.
  • This project has passed the Self-Assessment for Governance and Ethics (SAGE) of the University of Surrey.
1.1. Do you agree for your anonymised answers to be included within the research project “SWEET Project” and any related publications?​ Required

By clicking the “Next” button, you confirm that you have read, and understood, the above information and that you agree to taking part in the survey.

For any further details about the SWEET project, please contact Dr James Suckling, Prof Stephen Morse or Prof Richard Murphy at the details below:

Dr James Suckling, Research Fellow, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey, UK


Prof Stephen Morse, Chair in Systems Analysis for Sustainability, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey, UK


Prof Richard Murphy, Professor of Life Cycle Assessment, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey, UK