Food is a major consideration and contributor when it comes to carbon emissions. Here food procurement experts allmanhall take a look at this. They explore the technology that may prove useful for schools wishing to enhance the visibility and availability of this information…
Appreciating what lies behind our food from an environmental and social perspective should be as clear as measuring quality, taste, and cost. Measuring complex scope three emissions is only one aspect of managing environmental impacts and must go hand in hand with expert food supply chain management to drive much greater levels of transparency.
Product life cycle assessments measure impacts across the whole supply chain from farm inputs, processing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, last mile distribution, through to cooking and waste. We are often told that sourcing food locally is key to eating more sustainably but for most foods this isn’t the case, with the impact of transport often being minimal. Product life cycle assessments are the analysis required, to understand the emissions levels produced at each stage of the product journey and really expel the now-outdated concept of food miles.
Technology such as the Foodsteps platform can play an import role in measuring and reducing company food emissions, creating greater transparency within food supply chains, be an educational tool, or directly empowering consumers to make sustainable food choices. A rating system of A to E mirrors traffic light reporting of nutritional information on food packaging. Foodsteps shows caterers and consumers the Kg CO2e per serving as well as the traffic light carbon intensity (Kg /CO2e per Kg).