By valorising the entire crop to serve food, feed and industrial customers, while reducing our environmental footprint, the EU starch industry is a pillar of the sustainable food system.
KEY PILLAR OF THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM
As biorefineries, starch plants serve several outlets and the entire crop is valorised, making the EU starch industry is a key pillar of the sustainable food system.
Our own LCA study from 2015 demonstrates 0,7% waste, mainly stones and pebbles
IMPROVING CARBON FOOTPRINT
Starch Europe has been undertaking Life Cycle Analysis studies since 2001, and the latest in 2015. The next update is scheduled for 2021. Part of these studies include analyzing CO2 emissions levels.
For decades, EU starch plants have been seeking to improve their own energy efficiency, through for example investments in Combined Heat and Power, heat-pumps and renewal alternative sources of energy, to significantly reduce our carbon footprint
PREVENTING FOOD WASTE
Starch-based ingredients often act as preservatives, improving food safety and extending the shelf life of food and drink products and helping to prevent food waste, thus helping to bring further sustainability through the value-chain.
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In late 2023, the European Commission is due to publish its proposal for a legislative framework on sustainable food systems (FSFS). This proposal, once adopted, will likely provide the framework for a multitude of specific actions to help promote a sustainable food system going forward for years to come. It is of paramount importance to get that right.
This paper aims to demonstrate the substantial contribution so far of the EU starch industry to a sustainable food system, as well as what core needs our sector has for that contribution to continue, and even increase.