The partners of the food and drink chain gathered in the European Food SCP Round Table are committed to helping consumers and other partners along the food chain to make informed choices by providing them with accurate and understandable information on relevant product characteristics, including environmental performance. Effective environmental information requires scientifically reliable and consistent environmental assessment methodologies to be applied along the food chain. There is at present no commonly applied methodology to assess and communicate environmental information along the food chain, including to consumers, in a practical and reliable way.
On 20 November 2013 the European Food SCP Round Table launched the ENVIFOOD Protocol (1.0). The ENVIFOOD Protocol is a scientifically reliable, practical and harmonised methodology for the environmental assessment of food and drink products. It represents an intermediate step between ISO standards, the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint and product-specific rules. It is not a stand-alone document or a product category rule for food and drinks.
This version incorporates feedback from a public consultation, which was held from 21st November 2012 – 31st March 2013. It also takes into account results from voluntary pilot testing, which took place from 1st February – 31st August 2013. It was also the result of two scientific workshops hosted by the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra and a detailed analysis of relevant methodologies and data for food and drink products. The detailed analysis, ‘Towards the ENVIFOOD Protocol: Deriving Scientifically-Sound Rules from Existing Methodological Alternatives’, can be downloaded for free at the following website.
- The Working Group 1 Road Map outlines the process for developing the ENVIFOOD Protocol to support the assessment of the environmental performance in line with the Round Table’s Guiding Principles.
- The European Food SCP Round Table adopted 10 Guiding Principles on the voluntary environmental assessment and communication of food and drink products to underpin the development of the ENVIFOOD Protocol.