At the end of August, the coffee mills of the NAMA Café will hand in their final carbon and water footprints and begin developing and implementing reduction strategies. During a workshop on August 9th, the mills´ technicians met at the Doka Estate Convention Center to recapitulate the basic concepts of carbon and water footprint measurement. The activity was organized by the ICAFE with the support of GIZ.
48 technicians from most of the 50 coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café met at the Doka Estate Convention Center to participate in a workshop in order to the basics of Water and Carbon Footprints and their respective standards INTE: 12- 01-2016 and INTE / ISO 14046. The workshop concluded a wide range of activities offered during the first half of the year in order to train the mills in the measurement of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and determination of sources of water consumption during the coffee processing process.
During the workshop in Doka, the importance of both footprints was highlighted: they are necessary in order to develop an eco-label for low-emission coffee, which will allow its successful and transparent promotion abroad. In addition, ICAFE took advantage of the large space at Doka to present mechanized equipment for the irrigation of coffee plantations live and in action. The workshop was concluded with the Power of Tower, a group tool used to convey the different steps to follow in order to report the data collected by mills to Costa Rica´s National Climate Change Metric System (SINAMECC).
The 50 mills started the process of measuring their carbon footprint this year, becoming familiar with the regulatory standard, identifying the main sources for GHG emissions and determining emission baselines. With this information and as a second step, possible emission reduction strategies will be developed to implement at the mills.
34 of these 50 mills also faced the measurement of their water footprints, analyzing the water consumption of the entire coffee processing chain. After identifying main sources of consumption, they will also develop and implement strategies and practices to reduce water consumption and improve water management, which will not only reduce costs significantly, but also strengthen the value of their coffee brand.
A last Carbon Footprint workshop will be held on August 24th in the Los Santos area. Afterwards the consultants from CIMS tasked with carrying out the workshops and providing follow-up visits will make one last visit per mill to offer support in finishing the individual footprint measurements. The mills are expected to hand in their final footprints by the end of August 2017, with only three mills possibly not making the final deadline. For 2018 the NAMA Café plans to start with the measurement of the mills´ toxic release footprints.