AMEE, the carbon standards aggregation platform, is adding a leading database of life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with over 550 food and food-related products. This exclusive dataset is the result of 15 years of research by CLM Research and Advice (Netherlands) in collaboration with the University of Groningen.
Available within this dataset are a comprehensive range of food types including a variety of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, dairy produce, cereals, herbs, spices and cooking oils. Processed and frozen foods are also represented, as are specific modes of food packaging and transport. In all cases, the total quantity of CO2-equivalent emissions associated with the entire pre-consumption life-cycle of the product is provided. Included within the life-cycle analyses are emissions arising from livestock enteric fermentation, the use of fertilizers and other land management practices, the management and storage of manure, and fossil fuel and electricity consumption for transportation and other energy requirements.
A large proportion of food-associated emissions are related to agricultural processes which may vary between regions according to local climatic conditions, soil properties and farming practices. The CLM dataset is based predominantly on research within the Netherlands and therefore represents food-associated greenhouse gas emissions for agricultural systems, markets and infrastructure in developed countries in general, and more specifically in a European context. Aside from its detail and breadth, a particular strength of this dataset is the uniformity of methodological assumptions, system boundaries and units of measurement applied in the analysis of over 550 products, making the dataset a self-consistent and accurate resource for establishing the relative impacts of different foods.
Gavin Starks, CEO and Founder of AMEE “We are very pleased to continue to broaden the data in the AMEE platform and make it easier for companies to gain access to various datasets in one single place, particularly in a market asking for help in measuring carbon impact at ever increasing levels of granularity.”
Gijs Kuneman, director of CLM: “Companies across Europe are currently working to establish carbon footprints of their products. This dataset can help fill data-gaps in that process”.
CLM Research and Advice is an independent consultancy specialised in sustainable food and farming. CLM provides advice to governments, food companies, farmers’ organisations as well as environmental organisations. CLM’s expertise is rooted in professional practice, supported by its network of 250 farmers. One specialty of CLM is developing practical tools for measuring and benchmarking sustainable farming and food. Examples are the Climate yardstick for farmers (www.climateyardstick.eu), the Climate scale for consumers online at the Dutch National Nutrition Centre (www.voedingscentrum.nl), the farm-level biodiversity yardstick GAIA, and the Environmental indicator for pesticides.
AMEE’s vision is to connect the world’s carbon data. Its comprehensive web-services enable anyone to understand, calculate and share their carbon footprint. AMEE operates the world’s only search engine designed for Carbon standards, covering international, public and proprietary methodologies. The AMEE API provides access to the most up-to-date carbon and environmental data. ECA, EEM and EH&S software providers (e.g. Intelex, SAS, Carbonetworks, Carbon Hub), and governments (e.g. DECC) work with AMEE to ensure compliance with authoritative international standards.