As part of everyday business operations, Stonyfield Farm now calculates the carbon footprint for just about every product it makes -- the only U.S. company to take such a big step.
So far, it has calculated the footprint of 150 of its 200 products, while French food giant Danone Group, its parent company, is doing the same for its 35,000 products.
What's impressive about the process is that it covers the entire life cycle of every product, from raw material extraction to disposal at the end of its life.
This is possible because of groundbreaking software developed by SAP that tracks the actual amount of greenhouse gases produced throughout a product's life in real time.
When a production order is issued to make a products, SAP's software automatically goes into action, integrating carbon measurements into the daily production process.
The software automatically attaches carbon footprints to each material in the order. "The majority of our carbon footprint is in our raw ingredients. This tool allows us to see exactly where those emissions are, and to track targeted efforts to reduce them," explains Mary Fischer, Stonyfield's Carbon Master.
Every stage of manufacturing and distribution - including all suppliers - is thrown into the equation: raw material production, manufacturing, transportation of raw materials and finished products, storage by retailers and consumers, packaging and end-of-life disposal.
People from every department enter data into the software, such as procurement and logistics.
Watch this video to learn more about Stonyfield Farm's effort to measure its carbon footprint:
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