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Food/Beverage LCA and Carbon Footprint Analysis

CleanMetrics now offers an integrated life cycle assessment (LCA) and carbon footprint solution for the food and beverage  industry. Using our standards-based life-cycle inventory database -- including the largest set of commercially available North American food carbon footprint data -- and our FoodCarbonScopeTM LCA software, we can provide reliable and high-quality assessments of life-cycle carbon footprints and resource uses for all food/beverage products and services.

Why Food Carbon Footprints?

The FAO reports that agriculture contributes 13.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions (without including land-use changes). With processing, refrigeration, packaging, transport and waste disposal added, it is easy to see that foods and beverages are a major source of national and global emissions as well as personal carbon footprints. The production and consumption of foods and beverages must therefore be at the core of any meaningful strategy for climate change mitigation. Squeezing out waste and inefficiency in the supply, delivery and consumption of foods/beverages makes both economic and carbon sense -- for businesses and consumers alike.

What are Food Carbon Footprints?

The carbon footprint of a food/beverage product or service (sometimes called the carbon foodprint) is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted over the life cycle of that product or service, expressed as kilograms of CO2 equivalents. This includes all greenhouse gases generated in the agricultural phase -- including emissions from the production and transport of all inputs, as well as emissions due to on-farm energy use and non-energy-related emissions (such as methane and nitrous oxide) from soils and livestock. The carbon footprint also includes the greenhouse gas emissions generated in the processing and packaging of food/beverage products, and delivery to a point of sale or use location. For the food service industry -- including restaurants and institutional cafeterias -- the carbon footprint generally includes the emissions from meal preparation on site. Finally, waste disposal all along the supply and consumption chain -- from the farm through processing, transport and consumption -- can add significantly to the life-cycle carbon footprint of many food/beverage products.

Why CleanMetrics?

At CleanMetrics, we have worked on a broad range of commercial and academic projects related to foods and beverages, using life-cycle methods and focused on carbon footprints and resource use. We have leveraged our research and software/database expertise, as well as our industry knowledge, to develop the largest commercially available food carbon footprint database for North America. Our mission is to help your business address the challenge of sustainable food production and consumption with the best collection of tools, data and expertise.

The database includes cradle-to-gate and/or unit process data for everything needed to perform a complete life-cycle carbon, water and energy footprint analysis of foods and beverages:

  • Over 350 agricultural commodities produced in North America, covering most of the key production regions, plus another 150 commodities produced in Europe, Australia and Asia. Commodities include all common grains, vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, dairy, seafood, etc.

  • Hundreds of commercial food processing methods and commercial cooking appliances.

  • Full range of packaging materials, transportation, warehousing, refrigeration, fuels, and electricity by grid regions.

  • All common solid waste and wastewater disposal methods, including energy recovery options.

The database is fully integrated with our life-cycle assessment software tools -- including FoodCarbonScope, designed specifically for easy analysis of food and beverage products -- and can be easily customized for your specific application. We are continually adding data for more products/processes to the database. We also offer a low-cost rapid research option to add data for specific products or processes that you may need for your application.

Our Solutions

We offer a range of solutions depending on your needs and in-house expertise.

  • For organizations that are looking for a turn-key solution, we can use our software tools, database and technical expertise to provide a complete end-to-end solution and deliver analytical results tailored for your specific business needs.

  • For organizations with internal expertise in life-cycle assessment and product carbon footprints, we can license our software products with integrated life-cycle inventory database. We can also license our database separately if you have other means of performing the analyses.

(See our combined software and service offerings.)




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