Tag: carbon footprint

World Environment Day: fostering more sustainable agri-food logistics

In 1972, the United Nations designated June 5 as World Environment Day to highlight that the protection and health of the environment are key issues affecting the well-being of people and global economic development. Ensuring enough food for the world’s growing population, while reducing impacts on the environment, is one of the major challenges of the 21st century (UN, 2015).…

Replacing cardboard boxes with reusable plastic crates would reduce 4426 Kt CO2 annually in the packaging and retail stage

Ensuring enough food for the world’s growing population, while reducing impacts on the environment, is one of the main challenges of the 21st century (UN, 2015). Food systems are responsible for 23-42% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (IPCC, 2022). Overall, GHGs before and after agricultural production reached 5.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (Gt CO2eq) globally in 2020,…

The end-of-life carbon footprint of single-use cardboard boxes is 94% higher than that of reusable plastic crates

By Sahar Azarkamand, researcher of the ARECO Fellowship of the UNESCO Chair on Life Cycle If the world’s population were to reach between 9.4 and 10.2 billion by 2050, it would require resources equivalent to almost three planets to sustain our current way of life. This underscores the need for improvements in all our resource management systems (UN, 2017). Packaging…