The project helps the food industry monitor and minimize their climate impacts
The goal of the From Footprints to Digital Handprints -Co-Innovation project, funded by Business Finland, is to promote the development of a responsible food production ecosystem in Finland, which is seen as one of the most important competitive factors in the food industry.
From Footprints to Digital Handprints – Carbon and greenhouse gas budget of agriculture
Towards smaller climate impacts with science and digital technology
Climate impacts are an essential part of the food industry’s environmental footprint and overall sustainability. Agriculture causes the majority of these climate impacts among the value chain components.
This project’s primary goal is to develop and pilot a prototype digital solution of agriculture’s carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) budget for the Finnish food sector and link this solution to decision support systems: life-cycle analyses, carbon footprint estimates, and GHG inventory systems.
To reach this goal, we
i) collect and complement the knowledge, data, and models of field-specific carbon and GHG budget estimation
ii) develop a methodology to address and reduce uncertainty about the carbon and GHG budget estimation
iii) build this knowledge into a prototype digital solution
iv) pilot the digital solution
v) integrate it to food sector’s decision support systems.
These results will help the food industry monitor its current climate impact, plan efficient improvement strategies, and report the advances.