Reaching consensus on measuring and reporting carbon footprint, reducing
carbon emissions while maintaining or improving cost efficiencies, as well as
dealing with legal imperatives to reduce emissions and understanding consumer
attitudes to sustainability are just some of the challenges that the food and
drinks industry must face if it is to meet future demand for carbon reduction
Features and benefits
- Understand the commercial, legal, and consumer imperatives which drive the
need for carbon reduction and reporting in the food and drink industry.
- Gain an insight into the significant sources of carbon emissions in the
food and drink supply chain - and measures being taken to reduce them.
- Assess the different issues surrounding carbon footprint measuring and
reporting, including the complexities of carbon footprint labeling.
- Understand how carbon emissions reduction can take place at the same time
as maintaining or improving productivity and efficiency.
- Gain an insight into how carbon emissions reduction and carbon footprint
labeling will need to develop if it is to make progress in the long term.
Given consumer, commercial, and legal imperatives for action on carbon
emissions reduction, carbon footprinting will remain a permanent part of the
food and drink landscape. What is less certain is whether carbon footprint
reduction will drive consumer purchasing decisions, or whether reporting
carbon footprint drives meaningful carbon reduction.
The term carbon footprint is ubiquitous in the public sphere but agreement on
how to measure it is not clear: should it include indirect emissions or simply
direct emissions? In many cases the ability to take the more comprehensive
approach by including indirect emissions is limited by data quality and the
ability to procure it from suppliers.
Overcoming the lack of consumer engagement and understanding of what carbon
footprint measurement and reduction means in real terms is one of the first
and most significant challenges that food and drinks manufacturers will have
to overcome. Reaching a critical mass of carbon footprint labeling will be a
key driver of this.
Your key questions answered
- What do consumers think about sustainability and why should the industry
act when consumer buying behavior doesn't match up to their attitudes?
- What are the major legal frameworks in place to encourage and enforce
carbon reduction and how do they apply to the food and drink industry?
- Which non-governmental bodies are having an impact on carbon reduction in
the food and drink industry? What is their approach to helping businesses?
- What are the key challenges involved in comprehensive carbon footprint
labeling programs? How can they be overcome?
- What's the long-term outlook for carbon emissions reduction and cabon
footprint labeling in the food and drinks industry?