The European SENSE project aims to help the food and drink sector to produce, transform and distribute its products sustainably. This EU project, which is part of the 7th Framework Programme, and involves 23 partners including companies, food associations and research centres from 12 European countries.
The agri-food industry accounts for 20-30% of the environmental impact caused by goods and services in human activity. These figures show the need for tools to reduce the environmental impact of food and drink throughout the production chain. The SENSE project (Harmonised environmental sustainability in the European food and drink chain) has gathered researchers, producers, transformers and distributors with the aim of reaching a harmonised and comprehensive methodology that is able to assess the environmental impact of food products quickly and accurately.
The members of SENSE have focused on creating a methodology applied to the juice, dairy, meat and aquaculture sectors. This methodology can be implemented easily in food companies regardless of their size, and helps consumers to identify products on the market that are committed to environmental sustainability.
The SENSE tool
The SENSE tool has been designed to help food SMEs to show their clients, suppliers and society their improvements in terms of social and environmental sustainability of their products, in a simple and affordable way. This video contains a simple explanation of the SENSE tool: http://vimeo.com/108566114
The new methodology has already been tested successfully in companies in several dairy & meat, aquaculture and fruit juice sectors, and has proven to be very useful: https://vimeo.com/119762643
In case you were interested in try the DEMO click here: http://www.senseproject.eu/