Innovative smoking process saves up to 80 percent climate gases
Despite all the warnings and measures, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. This is what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found in its latest report. Even though emissions in the European Union (EU) have been declining since 1990, the largest absolute increase in global emissions in human history occurred between 2010 and 2019, it said. Reaching the 1.5-degree target will become “impossible without immediate and deep emission reductions in all sectors,” the United Nations scientific body notes.
Climate-friendly technologies such as the innovative CleanSmoke smoking process can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In Germany alone, around 600 million kilowatt hours of energy could be saved each year. That means about 72,000 tons of CO2 equivalents less for our atmosphere. As much as is produced in the manufacture of about 14,000 mid-size cars.
CleanSmoke is the best available technique
CleanSmoke is a smoking technology that freshly produces a stable smoke from pre-cleaned primary smoke condensate. Neither pollutants nor greenhouse gases are produced in the process. For years now, the EU has required the manufacturing industry to use only processing technologies that offer the best possible protection for the environment. To this end, the Community awards prizes to technologies and products. Not least because of its climate relevance, CleanSmoke was awarded “Best Available Technique” for food production several years ago. But it has not yet been able to develop its full potential. Currently, CleanSmoke is used in just one in ten smoked foods in Germany.
“CleanSmoke is currently the best smoking process for climate-friendly food production,” says Uwe Vogel, chairman of the CleanSmoke Coalition. According to a life cycle assessment by 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 glow smokers. Analyses conducted as part of the European Eco-innovation Action Plan (EcoAP) have shown the following. CO2 emissions can even be reduced by up to 80 percent compared with conventional smoking.