We not only attach great importance to the good quality of our products, but also to sustainability. Therefore, we calculate the CO2e footprint for our products. You will find the corresponding values on the respective product pages.
Sustainability is a very important issue for us. We are committed to environmental protection beyond the usual scope, to the sustainable production of our ingredients and in social projects. You can find out exactly what we are doing on the FRoSTA AG page. For us, this also includes determining the CO2e footprint. For some products, you can find the carbon footprint on the product pages.
How we calculate our ecological footprint:
As early as 2008, FRoSTA began setting up a system for calculating the carbon footprints (PCF) of our products by our former developer & sustainability officer Urban Buschmann in cooperation with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Öko-Institut and the WWF. Because only if we know where climate-relevant emissions occur can we reduce them.
The calculation follows the approach of product life cycle assessments (LCA). A life cycle assessment is the systematic analysis of the environmental impacts of products or services. All environmental impacts are determined that arise along the entire life cycle during production, use and disposal as well as the associated upstream and downstream processes.
The methodological framework for this work is provided by the international standards for product climate balances (ISO 14067:2019). German frozen food manufacturers, under the auspices of the DTI, have had common rules for the preparation of product climate and life cycle assessments drawn up by the Öko-Institut. We adhere to these rules and therefore always state the carbon footprint of our products for 100 grams of the product. The calculation system we have developed is regularly critically reviewed externally by corsus corporate sustainability GmbH. Unfortunately, it is not possible to compare the climate footprint figures of different companies. Reasons for this are, for example, different databases and system boundaries, different reference units, etc. As long as there are no uniform specifications here, it makes no sense to print this information on the packaging. But you can recognise the products for which a CO2e value has been calculated by the "CO2 footprint" logo on the packaging and take the corresponding value from the respective product page.
How the values are composed:
The CO2e value is calculated from the emission values of the raw materials (incl. storage, packaging and transport), the production, the distribution and the consumer (purchase trip/delivery, storage, preparation, cleaning of the dishes).
Thereby, the composition of the carbon footprint varies just as much as the composition of our products. Purely plant-based products are significantly more climate-friendly than products that contain animal ingredients (such as fish, meat or butter). And preparation also plays a role here - a product that can be regenerated in a combi steamer for 10-12 minutes has a significantly lower value than a product that is baked in a preheated oven for half an hour. Worth knowing: Although we source our raw materials worldwide, raw material transport accounts for only a small part of our carbon footprint. This is due to the fact that we generally do not transport raw materials by air.