Climate Friendly Attribute

Do the greenhouse gases emitted through the production of a product fall below a reasonable threshold?

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Written by Jemima Snow
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HowGood’s Climate Friendly attribute recognizes food products with low greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). HowGood assesses carbon footprint for products across the food system. Products that achieve the Climate Friendly attribute have Cradle-to-Gate greenhouse gas emissions that are lower than 70% of all products assessed by HowGood.

The assessment for the Climate Friendly attribute takes into account GHG emissions from Cradle-to-Gate. This includes all inputs required for agricultural production, farm to processing transportation, ingredient processing, processing to manufacturing transportation, and manufacturing. For more information on these stages of the Carbon Life Cycle, read our Carbon Life Cycle methodology.

To read the full methodology for the Climate Friendly attribute, click here.

How does it work?

On the My Formulas page, you can select to add “Climate Friendly'' as a column to your dashboard. You can also sort any list of formulas by the Climate Friendly attribute to see which of your formulas achieve the attribute:

If your formula has achieved the attribute, you will also see that “Climate Friendly” is activated on the Product Impact page. If it is not activated, you can try making changes in Edit mode to see how you can achieve Climate Friendly for your product.

What data inputs are required for a product to qualify for the Climate Friendly attribute?

The following data fields are required in order for a product to be assessed for the Climate Friendly attribute:

  • Ingredient name

  • Ingredient processing location

  • Manufacturing type (choose the closest category)

  • Manufacturing location

These fields can be found in the Formula Details and Other Details sections of the Formula Profile page:

The following data fields are preferred in order for HowGood to provide a more accurate assessment of a product’s qualification for the attribute:

  • Ingredient weight / inclusion percentage

  • Crop sourcing location

  • Certifications and standards, where applicable

These fields can be found in the Formula Details section of the Formula Profile page:

To read more about how HowGood measures GHG impact at the ingredient level, read our Greenhouse Gas Emissions article.

To learn more about our Carbon Life Cycle module, click here.

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