200 pages of calculation rules

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The Flori Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules, or FloriPEFCR, will soon become the European standard for footprint calculation in floriculture. Our specialists introduce you to this new standard in a series of blogs. This time, LCA specialist Nico van Eeden talks about how the FloriPEFCR works.

200 pages

Don't be alarmed, but behind the FloriPEFCR is a document of more than 200 pages with calculation rules! The Flori Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules contain the calculation rules to calculate the impact on the environment at product level. The most important one for the short term is the CO2 footprint, but FloriPEFCR also contain rules for other environmental impact categories, such as water, land use, toxicity and more.

Handy footprint tool

It is of course impossible for a grower to fill in all of that. I have good news for them: you don't have to! We first focus on the CO2 footprint and with a team of trained LCA specialists we are building a super handy tool based on the FloriPEFCR.

This allows you to calculate your CO2 footprint according to standardized European rules within a day. This is important, because whether or not you believe in climate change, everyone will soon be looking at that footprint. Retailers, banks, government; you name it.

Different life cycle stages

At Greenhouse Sustainability we have been working on the FloriPEFCR for more than a year. We did studies to make the concept workable. And we were closely involved in the first field tests. I studied sustainability and must say that I am impressed with the design of the FloriPEFCR. The method looks in detail at the entire life cycle of a flower or plant. So from seed to the very last stage of a flower; somewhere on a compost heap. 'On the road', eight stages and intermediate stops are examined closely. These eight snapshots concern: material use, cultivation, distribution, storage, auction/trade, retail, use and waste processing.

Data input

It seems like painstaking work to enter all that data, but in practice it is not that bad. After all, a lot of data, such as electricity and gas consumption, use of fertilizer, sales, etc., are already established. It is valuable to (start) storing this data internally. Furthermore, the tool takes a lot of work off your hands.

The sooner, the better

Registration according to the FloriPEFCR method is still in the pilot stage. Growers therefore regularly ask me whether they might be better off waiting a while before 'getting in'. My advice is not to do that. Don't wait, but start now. Then you know where you stand before you have to. The sooner you master working with the FloriPEFCR, the better. After all, you can also use the measuring system to 'steer' your CO2 consumption. Reducing your footprint is a knife that cuts both ways. It makes a difference in your wallet and you become an extra attractive party to do business with.

As we indicated in the previous blog, the urgency is great and in this blog you read that the rules are comprehensive. Therefore, be well informed before you do business with a party and know what you will get.

Check out the other articles from the FloriPEFCR blog series:

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