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Food production has a significant environmental impact, contributing to GHG emissions, water stress, biodiversity loss.

At the came time climate change and other environmental factors can significantly impact the food production systems, e.g. via extreme weather condition, water scarcity.

One of EIT Food’s missions is a Net Zero Food System.

We will enable the transition to a net zero food system, measuring and quantifying the change through reduced CO2 equivalent emissions. We will do this by:

  • Enabling farmers and producers to lead the transition to regenerative agriculture.
  • Creating new markets and opportunities to reduce our food waste and food loss in production.
  • Empowering consumers, making their food purchasing choices count and play a crucial role in the circular food economy.

Read more about EIT Food missions here:

“Business as usual” is not an option anymore when it comes to the food production’s environmental impact. At the same time there are many solutions for mitigation of negative impacts as well as for adaptation and resilience.

This component of the New AgVentures programme is aimed at:

  • Providing information on innovations and trends related to the decarbonization of the food sector
  • Equipping you with knowledge and skills needed for calculating, monitoring and mitigating GHG emissions, particularly scope 3 of the emissions
  • Facilitation collaborations and partnerships for implementing innovations leading to the reduced carbon footprint of the food production
  • Helping you to navigate the globalized and complex supply chains


We kicked off with an event titled CEE Agrifood Decarb (20/06/2023)

The event provided information on latest trends, challenges and opportunities when it comes to the decarbonization. We discussed carbon credits, low hanging fruits when it comes to reducing the GHG emissions, as well as challenges, including the regulatory landscape.

Please see recordings with:

AgFunder -  Keynote provided by Manuel E. Gonzalez, General Partner at AgFunder

Panel on the supply chain footprint

Panel discussing collaboration with suppliers, creation GHG inventory, setting reduction targets with great experts sharing their insights and experience from the industry:

  • Grzegorz Bobek - Environmental & Sustainability Manager/DANONE
  • Ernesto Hartikainen – CEO/BIOCODE
  • Paweł Truszczyński - SIEMENS
  • Rachna Arora – Value Chain Director Sustainability, dsm-firmenich

Moderation: Natural Innovations Lab (NIL), Ania Kubiak (EIT Food)

Panel on ways to reduce carbon emissions

The discussion focused around GHG hot-spots and low-hanging fruits when it comes to the sector decarbonization. The panel covered also doubts and questions around carbon credits from agriculture and regenerative agriculture.

  • Anita Bednarek, Group Energy and Sustainability Manager/Goodvalley
  • Przemysław Żelazowski, Founder and Chief Development Officer/SatAgro
  • Camila Cossettin, R&D Director/Sibö
  • Stanisław Świtek, Poznań University of Life Sciences (Overview on the carbon farming and regenerative agriculture). Presentation here.

Moderation: Paul Newnham, Executive Director– SDG2 Advocacy Hub Secretariat

Round tables

– stay tuned, we will host a first round table in 2023/2024! Round table – 2023/2024. Untangling scope 3 emissions in the food systems. Challenges and opportunities for food and beverage producers. Ideation workshop for the Impact Funding Fremework.

The Round table aims at:

  • Providing a space to het to meet providers of different solutions to measure and manage scope 3 emissions with their case studies from the industry
  • Identifying common challenges of the food industry in the CEE region when it comes to measuring and managing scope 3 emissions based on work in small groups
  • Informing about funding opportunities at EIT Food aimed at decarbonization of food systems, incl. and brainstorming joint projects

All participants will receive access to the EIT Manual on implementing innovations aimed at the decarbonisation of the food value chain.

Manual on implementing innovations aimed at the decarbonisation of the food value chain

This manual provides information, practical guidelines, and a useful collection of source materials on how to go about measuring, targeting, and implementing decarbonisation measures, with an emphasis on greenhouse gas emission reductions within the value chain of SME food manufacturers from “cradle to gate”. It is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction covers the topics of regulatory landscape and its implications for companies and draws a timeline of mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting for businesses in the EU. Here you will also find information about the importance of the decarbonisation of food chains and the benefits from implementing sustainable development practices.
  • Measure section provides you with information about the measurement process, starting with introductory information on greenhouse gas emissions nomenclature and indicators using the GHG Protocol framework, including scopes (Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3) and the measurement process, right down to the tools that support that stage.
  • Set Targets describes the SBTi framework and its process, taking into account the specifics of the agrifood industry.
  • Within the section Reduce you will find both industry-specific and industry-agnostic areas in which to look for opportunities to undertake decarbonisation actions.
  • Ingredients with recommendations on changes in procurement practices
  • Packaging
  • Governance of implementation process
  • Report introduces the new European standard for non-financial reporting ESRS and provides additional information about voluntary non-financial reporting schemes. Here, you will also find information on how to approach the reporting process