We at Biocode perceive that climate smart food products have their life-cycle climate impacts actively tracked and reduced according to the emission reduction goals set in the Paris Agreement.
In order to limit global heating to below 2°C, greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 30% by 2030. In practice, this would require 3% annual emission reductions on average by 2030 from 2018 emission levels.
This is where the Climate Smart product tag comes in.
The tag is an easy way for food companies to demonstrate they are tracking the climate impacts of their products and reducing emissions across their value chains to limit global heating to well below 2°C. Hence, the Climate Smart product tag allows consumers, clients, business partners, and other stakeholders to identify which companies are truly ambitious in reducing their products’ life-cycle emissions.
The criteria for gaining the Climate Smart product tag is simple: when starting to use Biocode Impact, you automatically receive the tag for the first year, as the initial step is to start tracking and improving your products’ climate impacts. In the following years, products’ carbon footprint should be reduced on average by at least 3% per year in order to retain the tag.
The function of the Climate Smart tag is versatile: physically or digitally, it can be used as a link to Biocode’s online profile on your climate smart product, as a label in product packaging, for marketing and communication needs, and in corporate sustainability reports, to name a few.
Still, we want to emphasise that we encourage companies to be even more ambitious regarding their emission reductions, which would be in line with the emissions reduction goals of maximum 1.5°C global heating. Achieving this goal would require halving emissions by 50% by 2030.