India Pilot Study Shows How the Cold Chain Can Help Reduce Food Loss and Carbon Emissions
Dec 2, 2016
Supply chain profits increase; food loss cut 76 percent and CO2E emissions 16 percent
Investment in the cold chain - specifically pre-cooling and transport refrigeration equipment - can reduce food loss by 76 percent and carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2E) by 16 percent.
Those are the results of a pilot study on kinnow, a type of mandarin, commissioned by Carrier and released today at Carrier’s World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Loss, held in Singapore. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
The pilot study, funded by Carrier, examined the extent to which the cold chain can help increase the quality, reach and profitability of kinnow, a citrus fruit rich in micronutrients and common to the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, by enabling sales out-of-season and in distant markets. This is an area of critical importance to India, which is the world’s second largest producer of fruits and vegetables but accounts for just 1.5 percent of global produce exports due to losses of up to 20-50 percent of total production.