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Bioconvention2014 EcoModules

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  • 1. For the organizations who need to calculate and update environmental footprints and improve their performance EcoModules - connecting partners and improving environmental performance
  • 2. What is EcoModules? • Novel IT concept which facilitates the production of scientifically relevant life cycle assessments (LCAs) for food products. • Provides cost-effective, easy and reliable platform for both service suppliers and chain actors • Boosts environmental improvements on every phase of the production chain due to real primary data based calculation • Enables positive co-development between chain actors 6/19/2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 2
  • 3. Why EcoModules is important ?
  • 4. Growing interest towards sustainable food products 6/19/2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 4 • Food production and consumption contributes greatly to environment • For example 25-30% of climate impact of consumption are due to consumption of food • Consumers are willing to make sustainable food choices • Retailers and manufactures are willing to offer consumers sustainable food products • Also the environmental management system standards of production are being developed and tightened
  • 5. Consumers need increasingly more information on environmental impacts of food products There is a need for innovation to improve environmental performance of production
  • 6. Ecomodules will tackle the following challenges • Production chain specific life cycle assessment (LCA) offers a reliable basis to inform consumers about environmental impacts of the products • It also boosts best environmental improvements along the production chain • This kind of effective and reliable LCA has been difficult, time-consuming and costly • Need for regular updating of assessment emphasizes this challenge • One of the major challenges relates to confidential data that should be gathered from other players of the production chain • Data quality requirements are also not always met in this task 6/19/2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 6
  • 7. MTT Agrifood Research Finland has a long experience on production chain specific LCA. Now we have created a novel solution to gather, analyse and deliver the information along the food chain.
  • 8. EcoModules is a diverse platform that creates co-operation • EcoModules is an effective management system for those who prefer to produce reliable LCA easily for food products relying on real primary data • It is based on customer-tailored applications, cloud technology, shared scientific calculation rules and verified data • It connects partners along the food chain by supporting sharing of LCA results between partners • In addition customer-tailored applications can satisfy other management needs, such as cost accounting. In this way they support customers’ business and environmental performance 6/19/2014 8© MTT Agrifood Research Finland
  • 9. EcoModules helps to improve environmental performance • Brand related real primary data –based information gives motivation to improve production manners • Supports focusing on crucial environmental hotspots in the entire food chain • Increases possibilities for consumers to influence on state of environment by choices between products • Enables actors financially benefit from the positive development of their processes 6/19/2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 10
  • 10. Benefits of EcoModules solution • Makes the production of effective and reliable LCAs easy • Scientifically relevant calculation rules • Cooperation between science and business • Validation of data and data production processes • Transparency • Cuts the calculation costs significantly • enables wide-ranking production of verified LCAs and their updating 19.6.2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 11
  • 11. EcoModules offers business possibilities for customer-tailored applications • MTT is now piloting the solution with companies and is searching for partners to offer customer applications • EcoModules includes • access to data bank services; calculation, data delivering and supportive data reserve • methodological guidelines • process to establish and maintain guidelines • process to validate the data • additional services • More information: www.mtt.fi/ecomodules 6/19/2014© MTT Agrifood Research Finland 12
  • 12. Thank You!