Course overview

Who is this course for?

This course is for all managers in agrifood businesses, sustainability staff in the agrifood value chain, agrifood consultants who may need to apply the techniques of carbon or water foot printing or need to understand these matters to make informed (policy) choices.

Why should I attend?

There is increasing demand for data on the environmental impacts of food production, from agriculture to retail. Producers may participate in retailers’ schemes for measuring a collective “Carbon Footprint” or be keen to reduce their own. As pressure on precious water resources increases, the “Water Footprint” gets more attention, but is not well understood. The choices of how food products are grown and processed cause substantially differing environmental impacts both in the UK and overseas.

Increasing sustainability is a mantra for producers, processors and retailers, who each face the question: How can I rate my product and improve it? The course will thus set out the principles of how to measure the life cycle carbon and water footprints of food products and what you can do with them.

Business Benefits

Gain the information needed to describe your product in terms of its carbon and water footprint.

Take part in the sustainability debate around seasonal and local vs. imported and novel food products


    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:

    • Understand the principles of the assessment of carbon and water footprints of food products.
    • Understand what value they have in improving the environmental performance of the agrifood sector and what limits they have.
    Additional Course Information

    Areas covered will include:

    • Principles of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 
    • Differences between LCA and “end of pipe” emissions accounting such as is in the National Greenhouse Gas inventory
    • Understanding the concept of the functional unit and its importance
    • Principles of water footprinting based on ISO 14046 and contrast with the Water Footprint Network approach
    • What goes into measuring carbon and water footprints, the difference in available approaches and statistical uncertainty
    • Understanding special features of agriculture that contrast with other industries
    • Limits to what is implied by water and carbon footprints.

      Key facts

      Course Dates
      24 Sep 2019
      One Day
      Entry Requirements
      No entry requirements
      Fee info
      We are offering a 25% discount for this as our featured course. Please use the code ‘FOOTPRINT’ to receive your 25% discount. Further discounts are available for group bookings.
      IFST Membership
      Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
      Course Provider
      Cranfield University
      Course Arrangements
      Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
      Course Location
      Cranfield University
      Mixed Cohort
      My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
      Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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