Website for the ‘Climate Impacts of Food’ project launched

The aim of ‘CLIF’ is to design an internationally usable communication tool for consumer-friendly information on the sustainability of foods. In the project led by WWF Germany, corsus as project partner identifies relevant environmental impacts of food products in Germany, South Africa, Thailand and Paraguay. The new homepage accompanies the project, which is scheduled to run until the end of 2024 and is funded under the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The website provides background information and current news about CLIF. A factsheet and a short PowerPoint presentation are available for download.

The home page illustrates the environmental impact and nutrients of selected foods. Consumers can find information on land use, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption of exemplary foods. For example, what is the impact of apples or poultry on water scarcity? What is the land use of rice and tofu? What about the climate impact of almonds or cow’s milk? Soon, this overview will also be available explicitly for consumers in the target regions of Africa (South Africa), Asia (Thailand) and South America (Paraguay). Information on fat and sugar content as well as on energy from dietary fiber rounds off the decision-making basis for a sustainable, health-promoting diet.

The website also presents the five dimensions of the CLIF project. In addition to land use and greenhouse gas emissions, the complex impacts of food include water extraction, biodiversity and human rights due diligence. The homepage further explains CLIF’s objectives and methodology.

The countries section lists individual challenges of the target regions on the way to sustainable nutrition. Links lead to the websites of WWF offices in Thailand, South Africa and Paraguay (Spanish). Everybody has the opportunity to book an appointment for an exchange with WWF representatives.

As implementation partner, corsus GmbH introduces itself with its areas of responsibility and responsible employees. Under the leadership of Dr. Ulrike Eberle, the six-member team conducts life cycle assessment case studies in the four countries. In workshops, corsus discusses with stakeholders of the target regions, NGOs and international LCA experts the priority of different environmental impacts of food, taking into account country-specific differences. In addition, corsus develops guidelines for the provision of data for the communication tool.

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