Flori Footprint Tool Right On Track for FloriPEFCR Compliance

Rick van der Linden - Greenhouse Sustainability

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The Flori Footprint Tool, developed by Greenhouse Sustainability, is well on its way to implementing the final FloriPEFCR guidelines. Greenhouse Sustainability anticipates that the Flori Footprint Tool will be fully compliant with the FloriPEFCR by the end of the second quarter.

The Flori Footprint Tool is online software that enables companies across the entire floriculture chain to conduct their own life cycle analysis and create scenarios to reduce their footprint. In order to calculate the footprint of a floriculture product accurately, it's essential to consider inputs from every stage of the floriculture supply chain. To meet this need, the Flori Footprint Tool offers each participant in the chain their own platform to assess their individual contribution to the product's overall impact.

Ongoing FloriPEFCR implementation

Since its launch in 2022, the Flori Footprint Tool has adhered to the draft of FloriPEFCR (Floriculture Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules). The initial version has been continuously providing many growers with insights into the impact of their products, helping them report on their footprint and move towards more sustainable practices.

Immediately after the launch of the FloriPEFCR on February 14th, developers and LCA specialists at Greenhouse Sustainability began implementing the final rules and database into the Flori Footprint Tool. Manager of Software Development Rick van der Linden explains, "With every component that is calculated, the results for all 16 impact categories (including climate change (CO2), water, and ecotoxicity) are displayed immediately." Development is on track, and it is expected that the Flori Footprint Tool will be FloriPEFCR-compliant by the end of Q2.

Verification

To ensure accurate footprint calculations that can also be benchmarked, various approval stages took place. The calculation rules and source data in the form of FloriPEFCR have already received approval.

Now, the next step is the approval of the calculator, which approval process is undertaken by FSI (Floriculture Sustainability Initiative). In order to promote uniformity, conformity and transparency, FSI is developing a benchmark for available tools, which will ensure consistency in methodology, data verification and exchange. Once the benchmark of FSI is finalized, the Flori Footprint Tool will be eligible for official recognition as FloriPEFCR-compliant.

The last step involves verifying the entered data, which is currently undergoing testing. The Flori Footprint Tool will be engineered to streamline the data verification process, thereby reducing unnecessary expenses.

Next phase

With the implementation of FloriPEFCR guidelines, the foundation of sustainability in horticulture enters a new phase. Conducting footprint analyses enhances the awareness and understanding of the environmental impact of horticultural products, further driving effective sustainability efforts. Greenhouse Sustainability is assisting growers and other chain partners in analyzing results and providing recommendations for improvement.

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