FOOD WASTE CARBON FOOTPRINT: A Case Study at Dansk Supermarked A/S

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Manuel Xavier Mendes de Campos
  • Paulo Martins Silva
This project takes a point of departure in the food waste problems stated in recent FAO publications, and
identify a specific hotspot to investigate applying knowledge gained during the programme. The aim is to use
the consequential Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach to investigate the Dansk Supermarked A/S food
wastage Carbon Footprint, on a national scale, in a one month period (February 2014). The food wastage
alternatives assessed were the Dansk Supermarked 2013 waste scenario (incineration and bread for animal
feed) as baseline, the Dansk Supermarked 2014 waste scenario (biogasification) and, as alternatives, 100%
waste incineration, 100% waste composting and 100% waste for animal feed.
The main conclusions are that Dansk Supermarked Carbon Footprint depends of the food wastage treatment
scenario, and the more relevant food categories are the Food preparations, the Dairy products and the Meat
products pork. Furthermore, it was also concluded that reducing the food waste, in this case by 10%, by
reducing the inputs and keeping the supermarket sales has a greater emissions reduction potential than
changing the food wastage treatment.
SpecialisationEnvironmental Management and Sustainability Science
Publication date3 Jun 2014
Number of pages46
External collaboratorDansk Supermarked A/S
Head of CSR Hanne Neumann
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