Europe, Belgium, Sustainability

Calculating the environmental impact of offshore food and drinks

Sustainability becomes more and more important in the offshore and shipping industry. Shipowners ask their suppliers how the impact of their services can be reduced.

The challenge

Measuring the environmental impact of supplying food and drinks to offshore and merchant navy ships globally.

The approach

We modelled the impact of the full supply chain: from the production of food and drinks (including packaging), transport from warehouse to port and ships, on board storage (cooling and freezing) and disposal. We made the impact tangible by displaying the environmental impact per ship (in ton CO2-equivalent per head of crew) and expressing the impact in terms of, for example, the number of flights from a to b and average water use of a household.

To facilitate discussions with clients and to explore optimization opportunities we built two dashboards. In a first dashboard one ship can be compared to another ship, the fleet average and the market average.

The second dashboard facilitates the calculation of what if scenarios for one ship. The scenarios give answers to questions like “what happens to the environmental impact if we reduce food waste (by efficient ordering)?”, “what happens if we change meat to veggies?” or “what if we choose local suppliers?”.

“The dynamic character of our model is an excellent starting point for IFS to discuss more sustainable options with their clients.” – Michiel Kort

Our tool supports reduction of the environmental footprint caused by food catering.


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