Colombian floriculture – first to control CO2 emissions

Posted On 03 Sep 2012
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BOGOTA, Colombia, September 1, 2012: Bayer and Asocolflores, in conjunction with the Colombian Business Council on Sustainable Development, Cecodes, have come up with a Floriculture Footprint Calculator for strategizing and offsetting floriculture CO2 emissions as part of this industry’s overall sustainable strategy and in celebration of the upcoming 2012 World Environment Day.
Augusto Solano, president of Asocolflores, said that this innovative footprint calculator will help establish a nationwide baseline on flower company CO2 emissions; an indispensable measure for ensuing carbon footprint reduction and offsetting. Frank Dietrich, president of Bayer Andean Region, added “the development of a custom tailored CO2 footprint calculator for the Colombian flower production process was possible thanks to this collaborative effort. Bayer contributed its conceptual design experience and provided technicians to create a computer program for the Asocolflores footprint calculator that allows its affiliates to calculate their own emissions and go on to make informed decisions on how to not only reduce their footprint, but even offs et it.”
The Floriculture Footprint Calculator gauges the CO2eq in tons generated on flower farms during their production process by measuring greenhouse gases and displaying them as either direct or indirect emissions. Florverde and Bayer CropScience have been working on this industry initiative since October 2010. Nine flower farms are currently participating in this Web-app pilot project that will steer future strategies for improved CO2 reduction and offsetting.

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