geoFootprint

geoFootprint is a new online, public and collaborative tool that gives instant access to the environmental footprint of agricultural crops on a world map.

By combining the latest LCA (life cycle assessment) environmental footprinting methodology with geospatial data, geoFootprint allows companies, public authorities, research organizations and farm-level actors to better measure, monitor and manage sustainable agricultural crop production.

Supported by EIT Climate-KIC and corporate funders, and developed by Quantis in partnership with the Cool Farm Alliance and ArxIT, the geoFootprint initiative involves 25+ corporate, public, global, academic and non-profit organizations.

See geoFootprint from digital SETAC 2020 (download slide here)

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

FAO takes a lifecycle assessment approach to estimating greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts of livestock using the Global Livestock Environment Assessment Model (GLEAM). We are very excited at the prospect of using the geoFootprint outputs to strengthen our estimates of emissions coming from feed crops.

Timothy Robinson, Livestock Policy Officer UN Food & Agriculture Organization

The Cool Farm Alliance is excited about the integration between the Cool Farm Tool and geoFootprint as it will enable leading companies to couple impact project on the ground with farmers with macro level GHG inventories and target setting.

Richard Profit, General manager Cool Farm Alliance

The Data Challenge

Companies in crop-based industries that set ambitious environmental targets to reduce their footprint face massive supply chain management data challenges. To set and track progress toward sustainability goals, businesses often rely on incomplete, inconsistent and generic, country-level environmental data on one hand, and highly precise farm-level data for selected locations on the other. The two are often incompatible due to the difference in assessment methodologies. geoFootprint bridges this gap by providing generic data that is much more granular and a platform to overwrite inputs with proprietary data.

Non-corporate stakeholders are also limited in their access to reliable and transparent environmental data. A free online tool that is visual and user-friendly will empower research organizations, policymakers and farm-level actors to understand, inform and engage others on these topics.

geoFootprint launches in 2020. Get involved today!

We’re on a mission to transform sustainable management of agricultural supply chains, and we’re looking for partners! Ready to get on board?

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