The Environmental Footprint of Coffee: guide and tools for its calculation
23 December 2020 | CO2
On December 3rd, 2020, Asier Sopelana and Laura Jackeline Rivadeneira presented the project "Environmental Footprint of coffee: guide and tools for its calculation".
The Latin American and Caribbean region is the largest producer and exporter of coffee in the world. However, small producers are facing the dramatic downward trend in international prices, coupled with growing consumer demand from advanced markets - which are also the ones with the highest prices - for more information regarding the origin of the beans and the sustainability of their production.
In this context, tools for measuring environmental footprints have become a major contribution, since they promote not only actions to monitor/mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts in the supply chain, but also valuable information for consumers.
The project was presented in an online session that aimed to show the Basic Guide for the collection and validation of data needed to calculate the Green Coffee Environmental Footprint according to the European standard, carried out within the framework of the efforts of the Latin American and Caribbean Coffee Environmental Footprint Network. The event was organised thanks to the collaboration between the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), through the project Resource Efficiency through the Application of Life Cycle Thinking (REAL), which is implemented by UNEP with the financial support of the European Commission.
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