Concrete measures for the food industry to go carbon-neutral
With the climate emergency at the top of the EU agenda and efforts due to intensify at COP 26 in November to implement the UN SDGs to fight climate change, concrete steps need to be established to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. Industry sources estimate that food production from farm to fork represents 30% of total carbon emissions within the EU, with the manufacturing process accounting for 11% of this share, or 3% of the total.
Industry is exploring a roadmap that could serve as a basis for the decarbonisation of the food manufacturing sector, so as to significantly contribute to the EU carbon neutrality target and to the implementation of the United Nations SDGs.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to learn about the measures the food industry must take to achieve carbon neutrality. Questions to be discussed include:
-What is the EU food and drink industry doing to get to net zero?
-What are the opportunities available to the sector?
-How can SMEs contribute?
-What can policymakers do to enable change from all businesses?
-What are the challenges and barriers that will need to be overcome to reach climate neutrality?
Yolanda Garcia Mezquita, Deputy Head of Unit, Interinstitutional and Member States, DG Energy, European Commission
Olivier Dubois, Senior Natural Resources Officer, FAO
Faustine Bas-Defossez, External Impact Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
Chris Daly, Chief Sustainability Officer for Europe, PepsiCo
Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
09:35 – 09:50 Panellist statements
09:50 – 10:40 Discussion and Q&A
10:40 – 10:45 Closing statements
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As world nations gather in Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit, efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the food and drink industry – a vital sector of the economy – are a central part of the conversation.