Enosis Olijfolie Cooperatie - Messinia Union
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL MESSINIA UNION
THE FIRST COOPERATIVE CLIMATE NEUTRAL OLIVE OIL
The product that you have in your hands is the same known quality product of Messinia Union that you use to prefer. This year though, it has also a characteristic that differentiates it from most of the olive oils in the world.
IT IS CLIMATe NEUTRAL
What does this mean?
Climate change is one of the most important problems that our planet faces, and it is owed to the release of greenhouse gases, in greater quantities than in the past.
Since it is not possible to create a product, even the olive oil, without releasing carbon dioxide emissions, Messinia Union decided firstly, to learn how much these emissions are. Calculations were made therefore from the specialized advisors Global Challenges and Climate Partner, in order to estimate what is called internationally “Carbon Footprint” of a product. Thus we now know that from the production of one liter of extra virgin olive oil of Messinia Union (from olive grove cultivation, olive oil production, bottling and delivery to the final consumer) approximately 2 kilos of carbon dioxide are being emitted.
On the back side of each bottle you are able to see the exact carbon footprint of the product. You can also learn more in www.messiniaunion.gr.
Is that all?
Of course not! After we learned about the effect of our product in the climate of our planet, we decided to apply a strategy for the reduction of theses emissions in feasible ways in order to impact less and less the environment.
Messinia Union being a responsible cooperative stakeholder has developed processes (integrated agriculture, traceability of products, quality system etc) which ensure that in the future production process will become always friendlier to the environment.
Till that happens, Messinia UNION, will VOLUNTARILY compensate the amount of emissions that correspond to the production of 200 tons extra virgin olive oil, according to the calculation of the carbon footprint. In this way we offset the unavoidable effects of the product in order to offer you the FIRST COOPERATIVE CLIMATE NEUTRAL EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL.
This financial support of the offsetting will be given for the development of certified projects that help the protection of the climate according to the Kyoto Protocol . You can learn more about that, typing the number of the certificate of compensation 775-53031-0710-1003 in www.climatepartner.com
For Messinia Union it is important that the olive oil consumers know that they buy a product which apart from his incomparable quality, contributes also in the protection of climate .
ClimatePartner calculates carbon footprint on Greek extra virgin olive oil for Messinia UNION
The Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Messinia Prefecture (Messinia UNION) participated in a pilot study in which the climate consultancy Climate Partner and its Greek associated company GLOBAL CHALLENGES calculated the carbon footprint on one liter of Greek EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil. The objective of this pilot study was to determine the greenhouse gas emissions generated during olive grove cultivation, olive oil production, bottling and delivery and moreover to identify areas where emissions reduction can be made.
The olives used to produce the oil originate from the olive groves of 1800 farmers from Messinia, all of whom are members of the cooperative Messinia UNION, following the “integrated agricultural management methods”. The oil is transferred from eight different oil pressing facilities affiliated to Messinia UNION to the cooperative’s central bottling plant. From there, the olive oil is transported mainly to Athens, Munich and Moscow in PET, glass bottles and tin containters .
Messinia UNION provided data from the entire year 2009, which could then be used as the basis for calculating the PCF, or product carbon footprint. On average, 1,670g of CO2 were generated per liter of bottled and packaged olive oil for international delivery (ca. 2,500km overland on a semi) and 1,173g of CO2 for national delivery (ca. 300km overland on a semi).
The calculation methodology was based amongst other on the international EPD®system, “product category rules for the virgin olive oils” thus the outcome is depicting the state of the art regarding product carbon foot printing for this particular field.
“This is the first climate neutral extra virgin olive oil produced by a cooperative, worldwide and Messinia Union is proud of introducing this product to the end consumer” stated Mr Kostas Liris, agronomist and director of the primary production division of Messinia Union.
Climate Partner is highly delighted by their collaboration with Messinia UNION and the results from the pilot study: “We see this study as being an important step in contributing to unifying international methods of PCF calculation” said George Kazantzopoulos of Climate Partner Greece/GLOBAL CHALLENGES and a member of the International Olympic Committee’s environment commission.
Climate Partner GmbH
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Founded in 2006 and headquarter in Munich, this climate protection consultancy has associated companies in Italy, Greece, Austria and the USA. They have 30 employees working on individual climate protection solutions for over 400 customers from all over the world, more than 50 of which come from the food and beverage industry.