IKI-project ‘CLIF’ has been launched

Together with WWF Germany and TMG, corsus is developing a recommendation for a communication tool that is suitable for providing information on the environmental and sustainability impacts of food.

The project CLIF – Climate Impacts of Food is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection (BMUV) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The project will run for three years until 2024.

Within the framework of CLIF, corsus will be responsible for identifying relevant environmental impacts of food. The life cycle assessment according to ISO 14040/44 is an established and widely accepted method for assessing environmental impacts. The life cycle assessment method therefore forms the basis for providing information on the environmental impacts of food. Here, environmental impacts are comprehensively recorded. Within the framework of the Environmental Footprinting process in the EU, the stakeholders involved have just agreed on 16 environmental impact categories. However, it is known from consumer research that information on trust properties – especially in habitualised and impulse purchase decisions such as the purchase of food – must be easy to understand. Therefore, CLIF will first elicit which social and environmental impacts of food are most relevant in an exchange with stakeholders and experts from the partner regions and international LCA experts, as well as in case studies. The aim is to reduce the multitude of environmental impact categories to a few that are meaningful for food.

The contact person at corsus for the project is Dr. Ulrike Eberle.

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