A survey among our own Food & Agriculture customers shows that analyzing CO2 emissions when growing, purchasing, or producing a product isn’t happening yet. The biggest stumbling block they experience in getting there? The considerable time and effort required to get the correct figures.
It takes a lot of time to collect all the data you need to get a correct calculation. The information is mainly contained in Excel lists, emails, and other online and offline documentation. Because all the necessary data must come from various sources, it costs employees in various layers of an organization valuable time to gather all the information. Time that they could be spending on core processes.
Processing and analyzing the CO2 emissions of various products is also a bottleneck. It is often done manually, and the chance of inconsistent data (and even errors) is therefore high. In addition, there is almost no validation possible, making it difficult to guarantee the correct data.
Technology Closely Follows Legislation
But there is good news. Besides the fact that legislation on sustainability is getting stricter and consequently a more pressing matter, software developers are not sitting idle either in coming up with solutions. We see a shift in sustainability ambitions. And it is no longer solely the domain of the sustainability officer. Thanks to the latest technology, you can easily import, calculate, analyze, and send the correct CO2 data back into your own organization, so that every department benefits from it.
You can provide buyers with CO2 data so that they can purchase smarter and more demand oriented, for example. During production or in the warehouse, you can add CO2-labels to your products with the information that consumers want. And in the finance department you can add the data to the report that the accountant checks.
Sustainability Data Is Often Already in Your ERP
However, there is a big question: In addition to adding logos of sustainable quality marks and certificates on packaging, exactly how do you show the CO2 impact of your product? Well, with hard numbers of course. Whereas it was previously a lot more difficult to obtain those numbers, you can get them now faster, and more accurate than you think.
Did you know that the basis for sustainability data is often already in your ERP system? With a relatively simple solution, you can extract these figures from your system and measure them for analysis, and then put them into a report.
Together with Edwin Berendsen, Elmer Kramer tested SAP Product Footprint Management in combination with the SAP S/4HANA ERP system. They imported measured values as emission factors from the ecoinvent database, but there are more standards that you can use as a measure. It contains information about the environmental impact of products and processes worldwide. You can also – if you already have this – import your own Excel list with impact per product.