Zero-Emission Cold-Chain (ZECC) takes a whole-systems approach to develop a decarbonised cold supply chain to drive progress towards net-zero objectives and enhanced food security.
  • Funded£1,465,929.00
  • PartnersUniversity of Birmingham, London South Bank University, Heriot Watt University

ZECC is an interdisciplinary approach to address the challenge of decarbonising the food supply chain to enable net zero emission targets to be achieved by 2050. The project brings together expertise in refrigeration, innovative technology development, economics, logistics and postharvest management to produce a whole-systems approach to develop a roadmap for sustainable and resilient food supply from farm gate to the consumer. Cranfield University is leading the development of low-carbon postharvest techniques to reduce food losses in the supply chain and minimise the carbon footprint of food storage, handling and distribution.

Progress update

We have made progress towards the identification of key hotspots for food waste risk, linked with supporting evidence relating to the environmental impacts of food loss and waste in the wider context of the supply chain. This evidence will be used to guide focus for low carbon postharvest strategy development for fruit and vegetables to achieve enhanced food security and minimised carbon footprints of fresh produce supply.