Closer to the climate targets with Clean Smoke


One-fifth of EU greenhouse gases (GHG) comes from food production.

Posted on Jan 06 ,12:04

Closer to the climate targets with Clean Smoke

According to the EU progress report on climate protection, greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union fell by 3.7% year on year, while gross domestic product increased by 1.5 %. So some things slowly happening - but it is far from enough, says Clean Smoke Coalition in a press release. CO2 emissions must be reduced much more if we are not to miss the ambitious climate targets. This also applies to the food sector. After all, 21% of the EU's climate gas emissions come from food production. The Clean Smoke smoking process can contribute a lot to reducing this proportion.

When smoking with Clean Smoke, a stable smoke for the smoking chamber is freshly generated from primary smoke condensate using compressed air. This allows food to be smoked in a way that is both climate- and resource-friendly and low in pollutants. Educating consumers and the public about the potential of this pioneering technology is the goal of the Clean Smoke Coalition (CSC), a joint initiative of primary smoke product manufacturers, food producers and retailers.

The carbon footprint clearly speaks in favour of Clean Smoke

For years now, the EU has required the manufacturing industry to use only environmentally friendly processing technologies. However, this is not the case with conventional smoking. Compared to Clean Smoke, friction and smouldering smokers perform significantly worse. This is confirmed by a life cycle assessment conducted by the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL). The EU has therefore awarded the Clean Smoke process the title of "Best Available Technology" for good reason.

According to DIL, Clean Smoke technology can save around 50% of energy and - based on the current energy mix - around 30% of climate gas emissions, based on the German market for smoked products. However, Clean Smoke is currently used in just one in ten smoked foods, which allows a reduction of 7.2% in energy consumption and 8% in greenhouse gases. Sweden is already further ahead in this respect: the Scandinavians are regarded as pioneers in sustainability in numerous areas. More than 80% of smoked products in Sweden are now smoked with Clean Smoke. According to DIL calculations, the potential savings in Germany amount to around 600 million kilowatt/ours (kWh) of energy. This would enable around nine million people to cook their food using a microwave.

Save climate gas fromtheproductionof 14,000 cars

If all smoked products in Germany were smoked with Clean Smoke, energy consumption would be around one billion kWh, according to the life cycle assessment. Of this, 97.6% would be attributable to the smoking process and 2.4% to raw material production. That adds up to about 228,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions, 2.5% of which is for raw material production. In conventional smoking, energy use and climate impact would be much higher. Around 1.6 billion kWh of energy would be consumed in the process, 18.2% of which would be used to provide the raw materials. And there would be 300,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions, almost 90% of which would come from smoking. What benefit would Clean Smoke thus have for the climate? The atmosphere would be spared at least 72,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents each year. That's how much is produced in the production of around 14,000 mid-size cars.

But it is not only in the smokehouses that something can be done about climate change: The use of Clean Smoke also ensures fewer traffic emissions, since neither wood has to be delivered nor ash removed. The smoke condensates, on the other hand, have to be delivered comparatively less frequently. In addition, their production takes place under controlled conditions with the highest environmental protection standards. And they are then shipped worldwide by cargo ship in an environmentally friendly manner. Clean Smoke thus contributes to urgently needed climate protection throughout its entire value chain.

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