Calculating and reducing footprints

Calculating and reducing footprints

Calculating and reducing footprints

A widely recognized technique for calculating, benchmarking and monitoring the environmental impact of products is a life cycle or environmental footprint analysis.

Ecological footprint

The importance of an up-to-date footprint calculation

The impact that your business operations and products have on the environment is also referred to as the ecological footprint, expressed in a value per impact category (for example CO₂). Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a widely recognized technique for calculating, monitoring and benchmarking the environmental impact products have. Calculating a footprint provides insight into how sustainable your company and your products are and provides the starting point for making your entire organization more sustainable.

Together we will examine how we can reduce the environmental impact throughout the chain. In order to be able to determine where improvements can be made in the chain, it is necessary for each participant to have an up-to-date footprint calculation (from the previous year) for the relevant products. Do you not yet have an up-to-date footprint calculation, but would you like to take part? Then we will be happy to discuss this with you.

The impact that your business operations and products have on the environment is also referred to as the carbon footprint, expressed in the amount of CO₂ emissions released into the atmosphere. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a widely recognized technique for calculating, monitoring and benchmarking the environmental impact products have. Calculating a footprint provides insight into how sustainable your company and your products are and provides the starting point for making your entire organization more sustainable.

Together we will examine how we can reduce the environmental impact throughout the chain. In order to be able to determine where improvements can be made in the chain, it is necessary for each participant to have an up-to-date footprint calculation (from the previous year) for the relevant products. Do you not yet have an up-to-date footprint calculation, but would you like to take part? Then we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Method

Clear calculation method for the environmental footprint

Participation in the Horti Footprint Chain Program requires an up-to-date environmental footprint calculation based on the ‘HortiFootprint Category Rules’. The Hortifootprint Category Rules contain clear calculation guidelines for fifteen impact categories in order to calculate the environmental footprint at product level. Think of the environmental impact production has on the climate, land use and the ever-decreasing natural resources. These calculation guidelines have been specially drawn up for the horticultural sector and are in line with, in as far as possible, European guidelines. Applying the calculation rules gives insight into the environmental impact of the product, revealing where improvements can be made within the process, for each company, and how the environmental footprint compares to related products. As soon as the FloriPEFCR are ready, we will apply this calculation method.

Reduce and collaborate

How do I bring my footprint down to zero?

Once the carbon footprint of each party in the chain has been mapped, the next step is to start reducing. This, in order to reduce the impact, but also to limit the future CO₂ burden. We will most likely never be able to operate production processes that are completely free of CO₂ emissions. However, what cannot be reduced can be compensated in the final phase. Most importantly, it is vital that we do not take more from the earth than we give back.

HFCP Visualisation EN-10

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CO₂ Reduction & Offsetting

The visualization shows how, gradually, the ratio of reduction, compensation and capacity in the pots shifts as the Horti Footprint Chain Program progresses. Together with the chain partners, we will regularly formulate new reduction targets. The participants sit down at the table to share experiences and look at opportunities to strengthen each other. As a result, the chain partners do not have to completely reinvent the wheel themselves.

HFCP Visualisation EN-09

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Collaboration with chain partners

In order to reduce the environmental footprint of horticultural products as much as possible, it is important to create a circular chain. In a circular chain, everything is reused and recycled. The intention is to eliminate waste. The way in which waste is handled has a major impact on the footprint. It is important in each part of the chain to consider whether the added gains can be reintroduced into the chain at the end of their ‘lifespan’. Example: can the packaging be reused, recycled or composted? If these end up in the residual waste and are subsequently incinerated, it’s far more detrimental to the environment.