Copefrut extends its commitment to measuring and offsetting the carbon footprint

By sydney

For the second consecutive year, Copefrut Chile has obtained the most internationally recognized carbon neutrality certification, CarbonNeutral® from Natural Capital Partners, for the transport of its organic apples. The certification covers sea and land transportation of Copefruit’s organic apples to US and European markets and demonstrates the company’s environmental leadership and renews its commitment to climate action. The 3,885 tons exported are equivalent to a full load of more than 120 million mobile phones or more than 500,000 liters of gasoline consumed.

Eduardo Holzapfel, Organic Products Category Manager for Copefrut, explains: “We are part of a globalized world and many of the growers we work with have some concerns about the environmental impact of our products. Europe and the United States are key markets for our apples, and with their growing focus on sustainable sourcing, has paved the logical path towards new certifications and increasingly sustainable agriculture, which is a fundamental pillar for the company.”

This year, Copefrut wants to go even further by initiating the calculation of the emissions of the entire production process, from the fields to the packaging plant. “Managing the carbon footprint of the supply chain is the next step for advanced companies who understand that the impact of their suppliers can represent between 60% and 80% of the company’s carbon footprint” according to Carboneutral, a pioneering Latin American company in the development of strategies to combat climate change.

Holzapfel also pointed out that it’s not just about consuming energy and then offsetting its use, but about understanding where the greatest impacts could occur in terms of CO2 reduction. “We want to perform a diagnosis to work not only on compensation, but also on reduction, which can only be achieved if we understand the emissions of the whole chain, allowing us to disseminate this to the rest of the organization”, he pointed out. .

Copefrut has worked in collaboration with several of its producers on this exciting initiative. “We grew up believing that agriculture feeds humanity and at the same time consumes carbon dioxide with our crops and plantations, but we have not realized that associated with each food there is a network of carbon emissions that we need to take into account and offset,” says Pilar. Browne Salas, of Agricola Maquihuano Ltda, a key grower for Copefrut: “It’s an encouraging step for us growers that companies like Copefrut are pushing such initiatives and are ready to show us their results and research.”

This rectification and initial diagnosis of emissions throughout the supply chain are part of a global sustainability strategy that the company has been developing for several years, which also includes energy efficiency actions and the creation of the material recyclability index (Material Recyclability Index), issues that aim to contribute responsibly to the Kyoto and Paris agreements and the 2019 Climate Action Summit. Carbon footprint measurement and offsetting has become commonplace in some industries, but less so in the agricultural sector. After measuring the impact, compensation was made through the purchase of carbon credits to support the following projects: the protection and conservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, a wind farm located in Chile and a global portfolio of various projects of renewable energy that are vital to reducing greenhouse gases.

Copefrut invites more fruit growing companies to join this change, as the company firmly believes that the sustainable future of agriculture depends on the efforts we make today. “We need to align across the industry on how we do things and where we are going. Measuring our impact and knowing our weaknesses is the first big step towards the sustainable improvement of the fruit industry in general,” concluded Holzapfel.

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