Nations of the world committed to global achievement net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is part of the Paris climate agreement adopted in 2015. Climate science shows that reaching that net zero emissions goal is little more than necessary to avoid climate catastrophe. And this is a goal that all countries must support.
In this regard, Olam International launched GreenPass, an end-to-end smart carbon management platform to help companies develop their climate action strategies on their decarbonization path towards net zero emissions. In other measures, UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) published a handbook to help food and beverage producers achieve climate neutrality.
These efforts are linked to the ongoing 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Innova Market Insights has “Shared Planet” as the main trend for 2022. And it highlights how failure to tackle global warming will inevitably lead to greater global competition for resources such as food and water.
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Digitized smart carbon management
Olam’s GreenPass1 will enable companies to better measure and manage their carbon dioxide emissions in their operations and supply chains, including Scope of 3 shows. The digital information and smart carbon management platform allows users to complete the entire greenhouse gas “footprint” process in an average of six weeks, five times faster than a typical exercise.
GreenPass1 uses existing experience in carbon accounting from Olam and internal and external databases to enable companies to better measure, manage/reduce, verify and collaborate on carbon emissions:
- Provide an easy-to-use, end-to-end emissions measurement tool that can be applied across all industries. Help establish clear baselines and identify potential hotspots.
- It offers guided digital workflows that build on the measurement tool to provide precise emissions management. Including modeling the carbon reduction plan, simulating scenarios and tracking progress towards net zero.
- Enable verifiable reporting for a specific data source, allowing customization of information for different use cases and stakeholder needs.
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How to achieve zero emissions in the food and beverage industry
FDF’s new manual “Achieving Net Zero” offers practical guidance for food and drink manufacturers. Especially those who are in the early stages of developing their climate strategy.
Most food and beverage shows They refer to pre- and post-production activities such as:
- Acquisition of ingredients
- Consumer use
The manual breaks down emissions through the food value chain. Producers in this sector are directly responsible for only a small part of the emissions, mainly those from production.
The biggest source of emissions in the sector is the production of raw materials. Emissions associated with individual ingredients vary widely. But those with the highest emissions are mostly animal products and imported ingredients linked to deforestation.
The Achieving Net Zero Handbook advocates for suppliers to measure their specific emissions for each ingredient, sourcing low-carbon ingredients and building carbon targets into product reformulations.
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