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The HortiFootprint Calculator (HFC) will be based on the calculation rules from the Flori Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (FloriPEF-CR). These are expected to be approved by the European Commission as the standard calculation method by mid-2023.
Currently, the following factors are included in our footprint calculation: crop protection agents, fertilisers, use of energy, capital goods, packaging, substrates, transport and CO2 emission. We are continuously developing to eventually calculate the full Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) with a total of 16 impact categories. Some examples of other categories are climate change, ozone pollution, water use and ecotoxicity.
By standard, the footprint calculation is calculated at company level. For monoculture companies (one crop), it is also possible to have the footprint calculated at product level. Currently, product level calculations for companies with multiple crops are under development.
The advantage for MPS-ABC certified companies is that they already record 70-80% of the data needed for a footprint calculation. Moreover, these data are validated by audits and leaf samplings that are part of the MPS-ABC standard.
No. We intentionally choose not to include the absorption of CO2 by floriculture products in the footprint calculation. There is no standard calculation method developed for this.