Food players deploy smart carbon management tools and advice to help achieve net zero emissions


Nov 09, 2021 — As the climate race reaches a critical peak, knowledge sharing among industry stakeholders provides important leverage throughout the roadmap to decarbonization.

To this end, agri-food commodities player Olam International has launched GreenPass, an end-to-end smart carbon management platform to help companies develop their climate action strategies on their journey from decarbonizing to zero emissions. clear.

In other initiatives, the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published its handbook to help food and drink manufacturers achieve climate neutrality.

These efforts are part of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK.

Just weeks after Innova Market Insights crowned ‘Shared Planet’ as its top trend for 2022, world leaders at COP26 point out that failure to tackle global warming – by keeping global warming at 1.5 degrees – will inevitably lead to increased global competition for resources such as food and water.

Intelligent digital carbon management
Olam will launch a new company, GreenPass1, to enable companies to better measure and manage their carbon emissions across their operations and supply chains, including Scope 3 emissions.

Olam is launching a new company, GreenPass1, to enable businesses to better measure and manage their carbon emissions across their operations and supply chains.The digital information and smart carbon management platform enables users to complete the entire GHG “footprint” process in an average of six weeks, five times faster than a typical exercise.

GreenPass1 leverages Olam’s existing carbon accounting expertise and internal and external databases to enable companies to better measure, manage / reduce, verify and collaborate on carbon emissions by:

Provide an easy-to-use end-to-end emissions measurement tool that can be applied across all industries to help establish clear baselines and identify potential hot spots.

Deliver guided digital workflows leveraging the measurement tool to provide granular emissions management, including modeling a carbon reduction roadmap, scenario simulation, and tracking progress to to net zero.

Provide verifiable reports to the specific data source, allowing the information to be customized for various use cases and stakeholder needs.

This platform was developed and tested in-house by Olam, leveraging its expertise and capabilities in sustainability, digitization and business incubation built over several years.

In a next step, the supplier explores the possibilities of piloting this approach in different sectors.

Guide to achieving neutrality
The FDF’s recently published “Achieving Net Zero” handbook offers practical advice for F&B manufacturers, especially those in the early stages of developing their climate strategy.

Most F&B emissions relate to activities upstream and downstream of manufacturing, such as ingredient sourcing, retailing and consumer use.The manual breaks down emissions along the food value chain. Manufacturers in this sector are directly responsible for only a small proportion of emissions, mainly those from manufacturing.

Most of F&B’s emissions relate to activities upstream and downstream of manufacturing, such as ingredient sourcing, retailing and catering, and consumer use, FDF points out.

The sector’s largest source of emissions is the production of raw ingredients. Emissions associated with individual ingredients vary widely, but those with the highest emissions tend to be animal products and imported ingredients linked to deforestation.

The Achieving Net Zero manual calls for suppliers to measure their ingredient-specific emissions, sourcing low-carbon ingredients and incorporating carbon targets into product reformulations.

“The publication of this excellent manual for food and beverage manufacturers is an important moment in our industry’s journey to net-zero. The manual will be an important tool for food and beverage manufacturers – and others along the supply chain – striving to achieve net zero by 2040 ”, notes Ian Wright, Director general of FDF.

“This work demonstrates the enormous value of ever closer collaboration with all stakeholders in the farm-to-fork supply chain. Created and published in the wake of COP26, the ideas and actions outlined here provide an indispensable model for food and beverage companies to achieve their net zero ambitions.

Overall, the total emissions associated with food and beverages consumed in the UK are 165 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), representing around 21% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, according to FDF statistics.

By Benjamin Ferrer

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