The ENOUGH project has set objectives to address and reduce the emissions of the food sector.
Food systems are globally responsible for 20 to almost 40 % of total greenhouse gas emissions. Over the whole food chain approximately 60% of food should be refrigerated at some point and it is estimated that approximately 70% of emissions from food are related to perishable foods. The main source of emissions is related to energy use within the food chain, but leakage of high GWP refrigerant is another relevant source.
Thus, the main scope of the project is to support the EU farm to fork sustainable strategy by providing technical, financial, and political tools and solutions to reduce GHG emissions (by 2030) and achieve carbon neutrality (by 2050) in the food industry.
The plan adopted by ENOUGH is first to provide information and identify a strong baseline on the food chain for 1990 and 2020 to predict the emissions of the food sector in 2030 and 2050. These predictions consider key factors such as the evolution of the global population, climate change, the use of renewable energy systems, consumer behaviour and technology development.
Roadmaps will be then defined to describe the full food supply chain from harvest to consumption to establish new practices for each link of the food chain (processing, packaging, storage, transport etc.) and limit the GHG emissions.
Technological solutions will be demonstrated at several locations in Europe to show different actors how to limit the emissions. The project will review EU policies and regulations, communicate with EU policy makers and provide with guidelines to achieve the carbon neutrality of the food supply chain.
ENOUGH is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and coordinated by SINTEF Ocean (Norway) for the 4 years duration of the project. The consortium includes experts from 9 EU countries, UK, Norway, and Turkey. The consortium is composed of 28 partners with extensive knowledge and proven expertise within the food industry, cold chain management and advanced refrigeration processes.
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