Policy Relevance

Food processing is highly responsible for GHG emissions due to absolute use of both raw natural materials and energy that is required for all kinds of transformations towards the final product. Therefore careful minimizing of waste, either of edible ingredients or even consumables and of course energy,  is undoubtedly of extreme importance.

Focusing on energy, enterprises that are not SMEs according to the DIRECTIVE 2012/27/EU on Energy Efficiency are subject to an energy audit carried out in an independent and cost-effective manner by qualified and/or accredited experts or implemented and supervised by independent authorities under national legislation by 5 December 2015 and at least every four years from the date of the previous audit. Industry and especially SMEs have to be fully aware of their resource utilization, real costs of non‐product outputs and the related (cost) reduction potential as well as the means to improve all of them. This lack of information can be overcome with the raising of awareness on energy and resource efficiency issues as well as with the development of easy to use tools which can provide reliable results about their overall sustainability performance improving at the same time their resource efficiency. Moreover, Member States shall develop programmes to encourage SMEs to undergo energy audits and the subsequent implementation of the recommendations from these audits.

FOODPRINT can help towards the materialization of both the abovementioned requirements, by providing affordable preliminary audits via the software tool, as well as the basis, supporting the formation of a future national plan.

For more info, please see Deliverable A1(a)

The project is implemented in Greece & Italy.


The main objective of the LIFE FOODPRINT project is to identify, quantify and implement measures to reduce, the carbon footprint (CF) of the pastry and flour food industry sector along the supply chain while increasing competitiveness through the development of an innovative software tool.

LIFE13 ENV/GR/000958

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