Save up to 80 percent CO2 emissions with CleanSmoke
This summer’s extreme weather has brought the issue of climate change even more into focus. One thing is clear: effective climate protection measures apparently take too long. Yet studies show that both science and the population demand faster action on climate protection. A study conducted by the Federal Environment Agency this year clearly shows that large parts of the population are in favor of decisive action on climate protection. Eighty-three percent of those surveyed agreed that industrialised countries like Germany have a duty to take the lead in climate protection. Regarding possible political approaches, the development of climate-friendly products and technologies was considered one of the most important suggestions. Climate-friendly technologies like CleanSmoke. Because smoking with CleanSmoke does not produce any greenhouse gases.
Also, targeted investments in climate-friendly technologies are necessary for the Institute of the German Economy in order to avoid imminent climate and environmental damage. This is also stated in the institutes short report. And the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) also concludes that economic growth and climate-friendly transformation depend on the development and diffusion of new technologies. For this reason, the European Union (EU) has also been demanding for years that manufacturing industries only use processing technologies that offer the best possible protection for the environment. To this end, the EU awards technologies and products as “Best Available Techniques”. After all, Europe wants to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. So far, the CleanSmoke process has not been able to fully develop the potential of the technology. Currently, CleanSmoke is used in just one in ten smoked foods in Germany.
Save 72,000 tons of CO2 equivalents per year
According to the life cycle assessment of the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL), CleanSmoke can save about 50 percent of energy and – based on the current German energy mix – about 30 percent of climate gas emissions compared to friction and smoldering smokes. In Germany alone, the savings potential amounts to about 600 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy. The atmosphere would thus be spared about 72,000 tons of CO2 equivalents per year. That is as much as is produced in the manufacture of about 14,000 cars. Analyses within the framework of the European Eco-innovation Action Plan (EcoAP) have shown that CO2 emissions can even be reduced by up to 80 per cent compared to traditional smoking.
Other countries are already further ahead – and far ahead of us in climate protection. Sweden, for example. The Scandinavians are considered pioneers in sustainability; their CO2 emissions are clearly below the European average. And about 90 per cent of smoked products there are already smoked with CleanSmoke. For Uwe Vogel, Chairman of the CleanSmoke Coalition, Sweden is a prime example that we should follow. “Again and again, the Swedes succeed in putting ideas or appeals for more environmental protection into practice without legal pressure. Something like that should also be possible here.” After all, the possible consequences of climate change have not been todays news. The Club of Rome’s report “The Global Revolution” let us know 30 years ago: “…we must expect irregularities in the weather, weather extremes and hurricanes more often than before”.