ofi wins FIE Sustainability Innovation Award

ofi’s Carbon Scenario Planner (CSP), a new digital tool developed to help food and beverage manufacturers model the impact of different scenarios for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, has won the 2023 Sustainability Innovation Award at Food Ingredients Europe in Frankfurt. This is the second year in a row that ofi has been awarded this recognition, following last year’s award for its Cocoa COMPASS sustainability strategy.

The CSP allows ofi to model the outcome of different decarbonisation interventions tailored to local contexts, so it can work with its customers to plan and cost out climate actions. It helps ofi customers tackle the complex and challenging issue of Scope 3 emissions which occur in a company’s value chain and make up the bulk of the food and beverage industry’s carbon footprint.

Dr Christopher Stewart, global head of sustainability at ofi, said, “We’re delighted that Food Ingredients Europe has chosen to recognise the progress we’ve made. For our customers, knowing where carbon emissions are coming from in their supply chains is critical to understanding how to reduce them cost-effectively, and meet science-based climate targets. The Carbon Scenario Planner translates ideas into detailed, robustly modelled scenarios that can deliver long-term greenhouse gas reductions.”

The tool is embedded into ofi’s sustainability management system, AtSource, which provides customers with data and insights for use in reporting their environmental, social, and economic impacts. ofi recently used the tool with a global coffee company to whom it supplies Guatemalan coffee beans. It modelled a 32% carbon reduction scenario to help support the customer’s climate commitments, identifying three impactful scenarios: using training for farmers to help them upcycle coffee waste, replacing chemical fertiliser with organic, and providing farmers with semi-mechanised tools to improve yields.

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