In order for restaurants to conduct carbon footprint calculations in the Klimato tool we are using data from studies where the methodology of life cycle analysis is applied. Life cycle analysis of food products is an ISO14040 certified method for calculating CO₂e emissions and other environmental impacts which arise during the production and distribution of a product. This method assesses the emissions related to each stage of the life cycle of a food product and the sum of these emissions is the final carbon footprint of the food product.
How can we ensure that the climate data and our climate footprint calculations are as accurate and up to date as possible? That’s a very legit question to ask, and something we take very seriously.
By partnering and collaborating with prominent research institutes, we can ensure that the climate footprint data and our methodologies for developing the same follow best practice and are constantly updated to reflect the most recent scientific findings and research.
As part of the LCA to retrieve carbon footprint data of a food product, we take the country of consumption into consideration. This means that we are using different climate footprint databases for different markets, each that contains climate data and food products representative to local food consumption.
The databases we use for Sweden and Norway retrieve climate data from RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden’s Food Climate database. The RISE Food Climate database is one of the most comprehensive and well recognised carbon footprint databases for food products and is updated on a yearly basis to reflect recent research findings and current food trends. Our collaboration with RISE dates back to 2017 when Klimato was founded.
Since 2019 we have been building our own database - the Klimato Carbon Footprint Database - for food products consumed outside of Sweden and Norway. The Klimato Carbon Footprint Database is developed by Klimato’s very own Environmental Specialist following research procedures and methodologies reviewed and approved by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. The Klimato Carbon Footprint Database is currently used for our customers in Denmark and the UK, and we regularly update the database with the most up to date climate data, as well as adding more countries of consumption as we expand to more markets.