Environmental accounting for cod and haddock
A new EU-project will carry out environmental accounting for catch and production of cod and haddock. A key activity in the project is the development of simple tool for self-assessment of sustainability – to enable small and medium-sized enterprises to make these calculations for themselves.
The environmental accounting will show negative impact on the environment as a result of production of cod and haddock products, in particular related to emissions and carbon footprint.
In international trade there is increasing demand for environmental accounts. Several supermarket chains already require or give preference to seafood suppliers who can provide these accounts.
For smaller companies this is a major challenge, as environmental accounting traditionally is a time-consuming, laborious and costly process.
– The project will provide small and medium-sized enterprises in the cod and haddock industry with a tool that will help them document the many desirable characteristics of whitefish from the North-East Atlantic, and act as an aid when it comes to competiveness and price, says project coordinator Petter Olsen at the Norwegian food research institute Nofima.
The project name is WhiteFish. It is a so called “Research for the benefit of SME Associations” project financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The duration of the project is three years, and the total budget is just under 3 million Euros.
The WhiteFish project is owned by five industry organizations in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and UK who between them represent more than 1200 small and medium-sized enterprises in the cod and haddock industry.
Pilot chains have been selected in each country where life cycle assessment (LCA) will be performed. This will show the environmental impact throughout the product life cycle, from catch and processing to consumer product, and the tool for self-assessment will be tested in the same pilot chains.
The scientific work in the project will be carried out by Matis (Iceland), Nofima (Norway), SIK (Sweden) and Wageningen University (Netherlands).