As we described in our article “ON THE PATH TO CARBON NEUTRALITY,” UniSpice is in the iterative process of identifying opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, implementing corrective action plans, and monitoring performance.
With the delivery of the final revised version of the second annual measurement of our carbon footprint (2021-2022), we were able to measure the effect that the initial actions taken after the first measurement (2020-2021) had. Below, we summarize the most notable results from our comparative analysis:
The results show a reduction of 697.455 tons of CO2e, i.e., 8% less between the two periods. While the farms and plants show an increase in their footprint, we will explain the reasons below and include measurements based on production volume.
The farms increased their annual agricultural production by 37%, a higher percentage than the increase in the carbon footprint (33%). When calculating the unit emission indicator per kilogram produced, a real unit reduction of 3% between periods is reached (see table below):
The packing and processing plants also had a higher carbon footprint, but when conducting a similar analysis as above, a real unit reduction of 9% between periods is reached (see table below):
Both internal and external logistics implements actions that contributed to significant footprint reductions. Some of the actions that were implemented and/or improved included:
As a result, the actions carried out by internal logistics resulted in a 6% annual reduction between periods. Meanwhile, the main action taken by external logistics was to reduce air export by almost 70%, which led to an annual reduction of over 1,0009 tons of CO2 or its equivalent, representing a 35% reduction between the periods.
When considering the total footprint per period, removing the portion of soil sequestration by farms, and including the total volumes exported per period, the unit emissions per kilogram exported decreased from 0.76 kg CO2e/kg EXPORT in the 2020-2021 period to 0.59 kg CO2e/kg EXPORT in the 2021-2022 period, representing a net reduction of 22% between periods.