Carbon footprint in the food and beverage sector in Latin America and the Caribbean

The project looked to implement the carbon footprint indicator for seven products produced in five countries in Latin America: Colombia (gooseberry and stevia), Ecuador (palm oil and shrimp), Honduras (palm oil), Nicaragua (coffee and cacao) and Dominican Republic (cacao and bananas). More than 45 companies were used as case studies.

The results provided the basis for transferring knowledge about the implementation and management of the carbon footprint in the corporate sector in order to prepare for specific requirements emerging in target markets, such as Europe and the United States.

In addition, different roadmaps for each company and for each product were developed. The goal of each roadmap was to reduce the carbon footprint indicator in each company. To ensure the sustainability of the project, different networks were generated through which the evolution of this indicator in each of the countries could be followed. Moreover, different training sessions for stakeholders were held.

These actions have been subsequently carried out in other countries, such as Peru, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 


Re-posted from July 2014


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