Our geoFootprint tool is helping put sustainable agriculture on the map! And the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is taking notice. We’re excited to share the 2020 EIT Innovators Award nomination of Quantis’ Xavier Bengoa + team for geoFootprint, our new online, public and collaborative tool that allows crop-based companies and players to view the environmental footprint of agricultural crops on a world map. The EIT Innovators Award recognizes the most promising innovators in Europe, selected for their groundbreaking work that tackles global challenges. Public online voting opened on November 16th — cast your vote for geoFootprint by December 8th!
"geoFootprint promises to fulfil a valuable need for companies to better understand and ultimately to reduce their carbon footprints. The potential of the tool lies in combining spatially-detailed agricultural impacts with location-specific sourcing data."
Laura Overton, Sustainability Accounting Senior Manager,
Mars Incorporated – Global Corporate
Agriculture is responsible for more than 20% of global GHG emissions. Tackling this requires companies and producers to transform in the way crops in their supply chain are grown and managed. The challenge? Crops are traded globally, but their footprints are calculated locally, depending on how and where they’re grown. This makes their environmental impacts even more complicated to capture. geoFootprint addresses this by combining satellite data imagery with the best environmental science, all through the lens of an interactive world map.
An initiative launched in 2018, Quantis developed geoFootprint through a collaborative partnership with arxIT, Cool Farm Alliance, supported by EIT Climate-KIC and corporate funders. It changes the game for companies, public authorities, research organizations and farm-level actors looking to better measure, monitor and manage sustainable agricultural crop production.
The EIT Innovators Award nomination is a big win — not just for geoFootprint — but for crop-based companies working to accelerate sustainable agriculture at large. Stay tuned!