Food production chains
Food and land use
Food production, including related transport operations, is the human activity making the single largest claim on land resources. At the global level, food production also makes a major contribution to climate change, both directly and indirectly, and is thus a key sector in the context of climate policy. Land use, with all its associated impacts, and climate change are often at the forefront of research at CE Delft. Our point of departure: responsibility for the entire supply chain, and particularly those elements beyond the remit of Dutch or European policy. Supply chain analysis is the method used to track down and understand potential problems, opportunities and priorities for improvement, the passing on of environmental impacts (external costs) and eco-efficiency.
Production and application of biofeedstocks
Besides sharing our expertise on product lifecycles with clients, since 2010 we also have in-house expertise on the ‘back end’ of the supply chain: biofeedstock production (land use aspects, socio-economic impacts, biodiversity). Biomass applications – for chemicals production, power generation and transport – is a theme on which CE Delft has already been providing consultancy for many years.
Supply chain management ever more important for industry
Supply chain management is becoming increasingly important for both policy-makers and corporate management. Packaging and biofeedstocks are examples of dossiers in which supply chain management today plays a pivotal role. In waste and materials policies as well as in the food industry, though, there is ever greater focus on entire chains and cycles.
Thinking in terms of supply chains is now common practice in both government and industry. This trend was reinforced by the emergence of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology in the 1990s, on which much progress has subsequently been made, enabling the environmental impact of production chains to be charted in ever more quantitative detail.
The Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM), SenterNovem, a range of industrial sectors (e.g. plastics, steel, aluminium, paper, dairy products), at both the national and international level, Greenpeace, the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment and the Netherlands Soft Drinks Association (NFI).
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Publicly available reports
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